Neither overcast skies nor the early morning tee times stopped 72 fathers and their children from taking part in the "Caddy With Daddy" program at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg on Thursday morning.
The event was sponsored by radio station WRQX (107.3 FM) as a way to celebrate Father's Day. The purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for fathers to enjoy a round of golf with their children, who ranged from ages 8 to 16.
The program -- which began with a breakfast at 6 a.m. and finished before rain hit the area later in the morning -- was the idea of disc jockey Bert Weiss, who had participated in a similar event while working for a radio station in Texas. WRQX broadcast "The Jack and Bert Morning Show" live from Lansdowne during the event. Though neither deejay Jack Diamond -- who brought his son Ian along for the day -- nor Weiss were able to participate in the event, both found time to sneak away to the driving range during commercial breaks.
"We figured school's out and this would be a fun thing to do in this area," said tournament organizer Dianne Murphy. "Everyone seemed to have a great time."
WRQX and Lansdowne hope to make the tournament an annual event.
All for Special Olympics
Loudoun County Special Olympics enjoyed one of its best fund-raising periods the past two weeks thanks to local charity golf tournaments.
The Barefoot Pelican sponsored a putt-putt tournament June 7, drawing 75 barefoot participants to Woody's Golf Center in Herndon. The Fox Chase Tavern Benefit Golf Tournament drew 130 participants to Westpark Golf Club on June 7. And June 14, the Chesapeake Bay Birdie Association sponsored a charity tournament at Lee's Hill Golf Club in Fredericksburg. All proceeds benefited Loudoun County Special Olympics.
"This is unbelievably unusual," said Loudoun County Special Olympics spokeswoman Jennifer Montgomery. ". . . We have a small operating budget. Everything we do is through donations. This is the most money we've had in the budget in 15 years." . . .
The Loudoun County affiliate of the NAACP drew 52 participants to its annual tournament Wednesday at Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill. The team of Paul Lipscomb, Jeff Regan, Marty Kelly and Pat Healey won the captain's choice format tournament with a 58. The team of Helen Sewell, Erica Canonico, David Sewell and Ron Snyder placed second, with a 61.
* Fauquier County Parks and Recreation will sponsor golf lessons at Fairview Golf Center. Lessons for ages 10 to 17 are Saturdays, June 26 to July 17, 4 to 5 p.m. Cost: $40 for Fauquier residents, $60 for all others. Lessons for adults are Sundays, June 27 to July 31, 10 to 11 a.m. Cost: $75 for Fauquier residents, $113 for all others. Information: 540-347-6894.
* Shenandoah University's Loudoun campus will hold its eighth annual Golf Classic on June 28 at noon at River Creek Club, just outside Leesburg. Cost: $200. Information: George Barton, 703-777-7414.
* The 11th annual Fire & Rescue AH&T Golf Classic will be held Sept. 24 at Stoneleigh Golf Club in Round Hill. All proceeds benefit the Loudoun County fire companies and rescue squads. Players may enter as a team or individually. Cost: $135 per player. Information: Linda Giersher, 703-737-2200, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
To report news of your Loudoun or Fauquier golf events, e-mail information to Alison Boyce at email@example.com or fax it to her attention at 703-777-8437.
CAPTION: Fun on the Fairways
Victoria Klancher, 11, of Ashburn, started her Father's Day celebration with her dad, Bob, a bit early at the "Caddy With Daddy" event at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg on Thursday.
CAPTION: With a little advice from her dad, Bob, Victoria Klancher, 11, gets ready to putt during "Caddy With Daddy" event at Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg.