Tournament brings community together to support youth, remember Bob Rice

By Michael Zogg, The Del Norte Triplicate , @DNTripSports

The Del Norte Golf Course was packed to the brim on July 5 at a little extra Independence Day celebration for the Second Annual Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament.

The tournament attracted over 80 participants, making up 20 teams and spanning three divisions. Each team had four golfers with the exception of one five-player team playing in a scramble format.

"Eighty-one golfers is a lot, especially for Del Norte Golf Course, which is only a nine-hole facility," said Cris Rice, son of the late Bob Rice. "We were a little bit slow on the golf, but it was definitely a success."

In keeping with the spirit of the weekend, the divisions were Red, White and Blue.

"I have always seen it as a good way to celebrate the Fourth of July," said Cris Rice. "My dad was very patriotic, he liked golf and he definitely liked the youth in the community. So we wanted to center around those things, and after the first year we felt really good about it and I think we are still excited after this year."

Proceeds from the tournament this year went to help out Trent Cleveland, a local youth who recently got a new kidney.

"He is a young man that went though an organ transplant,"Rice said. "My father went through an organ transplant and was a survivor of that for a while, so that kind of connected well with our family. Our mission is to try to support youth in the community and we thought he was a much-deserving youth."

Cleveland and the other golfers and spectators also got a chance to see local sports celebrity Cody Hoffman, who was back in California after attending mini camp with the Washington Redskins through June and before training camp begins in late July. Hoffman also attended the first annual event in 2013.

"We really appreciated having him there two years in a row," Rice said. "He was more than willing to sign autographs to people. His presence there was nice."

Rice said that many different members of the community pitched in and helped make the Second Annual Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament a success.

"I just want to really thank everyone for the help that they gave us in putting this tournament on," Rice said. "We couldn't have done it without them."

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