This one's for Bob

By Robert Husseman, The Triplicate July 10, 2013 03:40 pm

Del Norte High graduate and Brigham Young wide receiver Cody Hoffman, left, poses for a photo with Cris Rice, son of Bob Rice and the Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament organizer.
Del Norte High graduate and Brigham Young wide receiver Cody Hoffman, left, poses for a photo with Cris Rice, son of Bob Rice and the Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament organizer. Del Norte Triplicate / Robert Husseman
Del Norte Golf Course inaugurated a memorial golf tournament on Saturday with a little patriotic flair.

The Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament operated under a scramble format, with the tournament field segmented into Red, White and Blue divisions based on the player’s experience. 

The tournament was both a celebration of the memory of longtime Crescent City resident Bob Rice and an extension of the Fourth of July weekend. Players donned American flag garb to go with the tournament’s signature piece of apparel: A black baseball cap adorned with the profile of a bald eagle.

Del Norte High graduate Cody Hoffman, preparing to enter his senior year as a wide receiver on the Brigham Young University football team, was on hand to participate, adding a dash of local celebrity. Tournament observers claimed that Hoffman — a left-handed golfer who played on little practice — could safely add the sport to his growing list of competencies.

Bob Rice was born in Crescent City and worked as a correctional officer at Pelican Bay State Prison, rising to the rank of lieutenant during his tenure. He was also in charge of the Pelican Bay State Prison Athletic Association; in his position, he oversaw the prison’s annual golf tournament. He was passionated about Relay for Life and youth athletics in Del Norte County.

Rice passed on way on Jan. 23 at age 54. His son Cris, the head girls golf coach at Del Norte High, organized the inaugural Bob Rice Memorial.

Golfers, spectators and families gather at the first tee box after the Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament, held Saturday at Del Norte Golf Course.
Golfers, spectators and families gather at the first tee box after the Bob Rice Memorial Golf Tournament, held Saturday at Del Norte Golf Course. Courtesy of James Haban
The tournament featured a “casino hole” betting station on the par-3 third hole, in which golfers “bet” on their ability to place a tee shot within a certain distance to the hole. Hot dogs were sold at the sixth hole.

After the tournament, the Rice family auctioned off items from local businesses and memoriabilia, including a framed photograph of Hoffman and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers jersey of former Del Norte High quarterback Buck Pierce. 

The fundraising efforts resulted in approximately $900 earmarked for Relay for Life and Del Norte Little League.

Complete tournament results were unavailable at press time.