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Miracle League to benefit from Oaks Christmas tournament

COVINGTON -- Slots are quickly filling up for Andy Bowman's Christmas Extravaganza at the Oaks Course on Dec. 17, which for the second year in a row will benefit the Miracle League.

The tournament gave more than $4,000 to the Miracle League with added funds coming from selling mulligans and a putting contest led by "Buddy the Elf."

"We have our traditional candy cane hole, closest to the reindeer, we're looking at teeing off with a baseball bat and other different crazy (ways). I'm even thinking about playing the entire hole with a putter," said Bowman, head PGA professional.

Other holes include teeing off while sitting in a chair, teeing off with an iron while avoiding the reindeer on the green and playing the entire hole with a driver and a 5-iron.

"I was looking at last year's format and it seemed to play really well. I had a lot of good feedback so we probably won't deviate much from that. It's obvious that we'll be doing things you normally don't do on the golf course. I think that's the main a attraction to the event," Bowman said.

The cost per person to participate is the same as last year, $55 per player with a team consisting of four players.

Bowman said they have 10 teams already and that the group's getting more calls regularly, so he expects "it's going to be another full house. We're going to hold it to 120 players (30 teams)."

Other benefits to playing, besides helping the Miracle League, are the chances to win prizes and purchase Christmas trees from Barry's Christmas Tree Farm.

"We sold like seven trees and three wreaths. We had a total of 10 donations," said Serra Phillips, Event and Sales Coordinator for Barry's Christmas Tree Farm.

"Defcon Security System wants to give a security system and Coca Cola gave us a three-foot stuffed bear. There are a lot of different groups that are involved to put this thing together. Of course, the rec department is always great in helping out."

On Friday, Dec. 16, the Oaks Course will host an event for families to spend time together. For only $10 per family, with the proceeds going to Miracle League, kids will be able to decorate cookies, take pictures with Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus and ride through the golf course with a chance to see the decorations.

"We wanted to have a place for the children to come and see the course decorated. It's one of the only times it is decorated in such a different way," Phillips said. "No reservations are necessary. It's very casual and something we thought would be nice."

The tournament will be played no matter what the temperature is like. According to Bowman, out of the last 15 years the tournament has been played in snow, pouring down thunderstorms and even in 80 degree sunshine.