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Kiwanis to drive October Pro-Am at Meadow Lakes

The Les Schwab Pro-Am Golf Tournament is set to take place Oct. 13-14 at Meadow Lakes
With the Les Schwab company as the title sponsor, the Kiwanis Club of Prineville will present a 36-team Pro-Am golf tournament Saturday and Sunday Oct. 13-14, Kiwanis president, Keith Seaber, announced Wednesday.
   Scheduled for Meadow Lakes Golf Course, the event will be a 36-hole format, 18 per day, with teams consisting of four amateurs and one professional.
   Entry fees have not yet been decided on, Seaber said, but club professionals from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Northern California are expected to be invited.
   "I first thought of it about three years ago," explained Seaber, who has been the club's president since June. "I thought it would be great to have a golf tournament as a fundraiser."
   After presenting the idea to the Kiwanis board of directors in March, Seaber said the response was overwhelming.
   "Back in about April, we started having weekly meetings discussing the possibilities and how to go about it," he said. "From that little kernel, has grown the tournament that it is now and we're well organized on it."
   After the initial idea was beginning to take shape, Seaber set up a meeting with Phil Wick, president of the Les Schwab company.
   "We made a presentation to them and a week later, we received a favorable response," Seaber said.
   While Seaber didn't disclose an exact figure, he described the amount donated by Les Schwab to be `substantial'.
   In addition to two days of golfing action, organizers have planned a banquet for Saturday evening Oct. 13, complete with an auction.
   "I'm not so much interested in how much money we make out of it the first year," Seaber said.
   "We want to make sure that it's well run, well organized and enjoyed by all of the participants."
   According to Seaber, proceeds from the tournament will be given back to the community in the form of scholarships and various projects. Although he expects the tournament to gain recognition over the years, Seaber said the Kiwanis Club of Prineville, which gives out four $2,000 scholarships each year, will continue to hold its normal fundraising efforts.
   "We are still going to do the usual things _ the candy sale, the rodeo, the auction in the spring and the banquet," he said.
   "We'll do all of those things still, we just wanted to put something new on the calendar."
   McDonalds of Madras is set to be the hole in one sponsor for amateurs, offering a not yet specified Buick as a prize. Seaber said there is already $14,000 committed to prize money and he expects more to be raised by the start of the event.
   Organizers are still looking for additional sponsors, including program advertisers and a hole in one sponsor for professionals.
   Those who are interested in being sponsors or competing in the event can contact Seaber at 447-4820.
   Admission into the tournament will be free to spectators. "At present, this is just a beginner," he said about the size of the event. "In the future, we want it to equal at least the Fred Meyer tournament. That's our goal.
   "Who knows, one day we may have NBC roll in with their big trucks to film a part of the event."