Posted: Friday, June 20, 2003

Rainball softball tourney starts today

JUNEAU - The 28th annual Rainball Invitational slow-pitch softball tournament kicks off its three-day run this evening with a full slate of games at Savikko and Dimond Parks.

There are 29 teams registered for this year's tourney - one more than last year. In addition to Juneau squads, this year's field includes teams from Sitka, Ketchikan and Whitehorse. There are three men's and two women's divisions.

Games start at 5:50 p.m. this evening, with the last game scheduled to begin at 9:20 p.m.

Finals start at 10:15 a.m. on Sunday, and all finals will be held at Dimond Park. For a complete schedule, look on the Internet at www.jsaweb.org.

On Sunday, there will be a fundraiser for a group of Juneau-Douglas High School softball players selected to travel to Australia as part of a national softball team.

Ashley Larson, Nicole Bavard, Ilea Belcourt and Jordan Johnston will head Down Under in August. Sunday's fundraiser offers a chance to see what it's like to go to bat against Larson, a star pitcher for the Crimson Bears.

Starting at noon at Dimond Park Field No. 4, a pitching machine will be set up to throw at about 60 miles per hour - Larson's typical pitching speed. The cost is $5 for 10 pitches, and anyone who gets a hit will be entered into a drawing for two tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies.

Murdoch, Wonser beat field at One-Club

JUNEAU - Gary Murdoch claimed the overall championship at the Juneau Junior Golf Club's One-Club Tournament last Sunday, posting a round of 31 while using only an 8-iron for all his shots.

Kim Wonser had a round of 46 to win the women's division of the event, which drew 52 participants and raised about $860 for the Juneau Junior Golf Club.

For their efforts, Murdoch and Wonser each won a golf bag.

In the men's division, Pat Wonser took second with 35, and Jerry Melton was third with 36.

In the women's division, Trina Jones placed second with a 51, and Laura Beason was third with 52.

Prizes were also handed out on several holes to those golfers placing their first shot closest to the pin. Those winners were Greg Browning, Steve Shin, Larry Schutt, Mike Mauseth, Steve Schlaffman, Kym Mauseth and Jeff Bush.

Doug Belknap won a prize for making the longest putt on the ninth hole. John Bean won the grand prize drawing for a pair of round-trip plane tickets to Gustavus on Wings of Alaska.

U.S.-Great Britain golf tournament rescheduled

JUNEAU - Poor weather Thursday forced the postponement of the 13th annual U.S.-Great Britain Friendship Handicap Golf Tournament at Mendenhall Golf Course.

The event has been rescheduled for Monday, June 23 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the course.

The tournament is held in memory of the June 19, 1990, visit of former U.S. President Gerald Ford and former British Prime Minister Leonard James Callaghan. The two men made a public appearance at the golf course while vacationing in Juneau.

Fees are $20 for adults and $15 for juniors, with money benefiting the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Juneau chapter. For tee times, call the golf course at 789-1221.

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