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Heat Stroke 2002 at Barbara Worth on Friday, Saturday

June 06, 2002|By RICHARD MONTENEGRO, Sports Editor

HOLTVILLE — When charity's at stake, people do some crazy things — like shooting 18 holes of golf under the blazing Imperial Valley sun.

On Saturday morning, and Friday afternoon for the real crazies, more than 170 golfers will brave triple-digit temperatures to raise money for youth athletics in the Valley.

The Imperial County Sheriffs' Association will stage its 11th annual Heat Stroke golf tournament fund raiser this weekend at Barbara Worth Golf Resort here. Some 130 four-player teams will tee off in a shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. To compensate for the overflow of participants, 13 teams will start at 2 p.m. Friday.

The event will be a four-man scramble with nine prizes awarded to nine teams. Three teams will win in three flights.

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"The purpose of the Heat Stroke is to raise money for youth athletics throughout the Imperial Valley," said county Sheriff's Correction Cpl. John Dougan, who along with county Sheriff's Deputy Sgt. George Moreno is in charge of the charity golf tourney.

"We give back to the community. We're not here to help kids stay out of gangs like PALs and SALs. We help all kids," Dougan said, adding the association has donated $30,000 to $35,000 (after expenses) over the last two years to a variety of organizations in the Valley.

The event is sponsored by Alford's Distributing, Pepsi-Cola of Imperial Valley, Paradise and Viejas casinos, Home Depot, Imperial Valley's Q96 and the Imperial Valley Press.

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