Charity tournament perfect for the terrible golfer

By Sara Bruestle | Aug 01, 2012
Courtesy of: Adobewerks Photography Last year’s winner of the No Good at Golf Tournament, Michael Tanberg, puts on the green in his big Irish hat.

Are you any good at golf? No?


The third annual No Good at Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at Harbour Pointe Golf Club in Mukilteo. The scramble tournament will have a shotgun start at 2 p.m.

The tournament is a fundraiser to benefit the Lawrence Taylor Busch Scholarship Foundation, which awards scholarships to deserving students who will help to carry on Larry’s legacy.

“I know how frustrating and intimidating golf can be,” founder Paul Sabovik said. “I thought I’d try to create a tournament that was a little more inviting and friendly.”

“There are plenty of tournaments out there for those who like to play golf as is and play to win and all that, but there really isn’t anything out there that is designed for you and me, so that we can just pick up and play and have fun.”

This golf tournament is like no other: It is a relaxed and – indeed – a wacky game of golf for those who don’t know how to play or can’t play very well. Bonuses to lower your score are awarded to level the playing field.

Get strokes off for dressing in proper and/or “funky” golf attire, if you hit a tree with a ball, get stuck in a sand trap with a ball, sink a putt while standing on one foot and more.

“We get golfers who are really good at golf, and they may not need the points, and then we get people who don’t play golf ever and really need the points, so it just levels the playing field between all of them,” Sabovik said.

Of course, having a good time is highly encouraged above all else, he said.

A kick-off party is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 5, at Rockin’ M BBQ and Driving Range, at 1215 80th St. S.W. in Everett. The party will feature free barbecue, balls and live music by Mukilteo’s own Will Franz.

A Golfers Only Dinner will be held at 8 p.m. after the tournament at the Diamond Knot Pub & Brewery, 621 Front St., Mukilteo. An awards ceremony will follow at 9 p.m., with live music by Will Franz and local band The Charlies.

The grand prize is a Stay and Play package for two to Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan and with dinner provided by the Lake Chelan Winery and Barbeque. The top 8 golfers will also receive prizes.

The Lawrence Busch Scholarship Foundation was founded in 2005 to honor the memory of Larry Busch, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a swimming accident.

Larry survived for four years, finished his college degree at the University of Washington and hosted weekly poker games at his home in Mukilteo. He passed away in 2010.

“After Larry’s accident, the community donated money for his health care and nursing care, things like that, that weren’t covered by insurance,” said Teri Busch, Larry’s sister. “So since his passing, we have given back with a scholarship every year.”

Teri said the tournament raised about $1,000 last year for the scholarship fund.

“It’s a great tournament,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun, and it gives back to the community, so people should sign up.”

Teams of four golfers may register for a fee of $100 per golfer. Registration includes 18 holes of golf, a golf cart, dinner, drinks and prizes. The deadline to register is Aug. 11.

Register to play here:

Non-golfers may also register to go to the awards ceremony only for $20. Golfing and dinner are not included.

The golf club is at 11817 Harbour Pointe Blvd. in Mukilteo.

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