Golf tournament to benefit Borrego Medical Center By Ruth Lepper

February 16, 2005

BORREGO SPRINGS More than 200 players are expected to turn out at two courses for the 17th annual Woolcott Memorial Golf Tournament on Feb. 25.

Proceeds will go to Borrego Medical Center.

"Our goal is to raise $175,000," said Tom Middleton, event chairman.

The eight top players from each golf course will be awarded a hand-crafted jewelry box created by local woodworker Lynn Christopherson. The boxes are made of walnut, manzanita and grapefruit wood.

The tournament will be played at De Anza Country Club and Rams Hill Country Club. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and shotgun starts will be at 8:30 a.m. at both courses.

The $260 fee to play in the tournament includes a dinner and auctions that evening at De Anza Country Club, 509 Catarina Drive. Tickets to just the dinner and auctions are $120 each.

The silent auction will begin at 5 p.m., followed by dinner at 6 p.m. and the live auction at 7 p.m.

Among the items to be auctioned is a 7-foot-long daybed swing crafted from red oak by woodworker Daniel Russell. Metal sculptor John Richen and glass artist Breta Matson teamed to create a piece. Rich O'Brien, owner of Manzanita Burlworks, donated a sculpted crystal eagle sitting atop a large wooden burl. All of the artisans are residents of Borrego Springs.

Other items include a $500 cocktail party for 25 people, travel packages, golf equipment and wines.

Anyone interested in donating items for the auctions should contact Jim Braden at (760) 767-9800.

The tournament is named in honor of the late Dr. Floyd L. Woolcott Jr., who served the medical needs of the community for 30 years. Woolcott is credited with starting the medical center in Borrego Springs, first as a satellite clinic for Scripps Hospital in 1979. He combined his private practice with the clinic.

"Scripps left in 1990, and then it became Borrego Medical Center," said Tom Gorton, a member of the golf tournament committee.

Woolcott started the tournament in 1988 to raise money for the medical center. When he died in 2001, the annual event became a memorial to him.

Funds raised from the tournament and auctions will go to the medical center, now operated by Borrego Community Health Foundation.

For more information on the golf tournament or to register, call Middleton at (760) 767-5211.

Ruth Lepper is a freelance writer from Ramona.


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