Nick Jurney, Mail Staff Writer
The Full Circle Restorative Justice golf scramble fundraiser drew 10 teams within two flights Saturday, with Barry Blocker and Jeff Bamburg combining to win the “Mountain Man” flight and Sam and Debbie Johnson teaming up to take the “Mixed” (male/female combo) flight.
Blocker and Bamburg bested six other teams to take the all-male flight with a net score of 26.2, while the Johnsons shot a net 24.8 in the two-person scramble tournament.
Gary Long and Gene Cruz finished second in the Mountain Man flight with a score of 29.4, followed by Evan Paul-Peterson and Tim Callinan, who shot a 29.6.
Rounding out the top three in the mixed flight were Bob and Patsy Ochs with a 29.6, just edging out Andrea Blocker and Duncan Campbell’s 29.8.
Gary Long won the longest drive competition with a drive of 301 yards, while Evan Paul-Peterson took the closest to the pin challenge with a shot 39.9 inches away.
“It was a good turnout and the weather cooperated,” Ange Wellborn of Full Circle said. “We had a lot of willing participants; it was a good event overall.”
Wellborn said with sponsorships, registration fees and money from the silent auction, Full Circle was able to bring in around $5,000 from the event, which was their goal.
Wellborn said the money raised will go directly toward the youth programs and initiatives that Full Circle is all about, which is to bring youth who have committed some type of offense together with the victim of the offense to help encourage and mediate the healing process.
“We like to bring them together, full circle as our name implies, and have them discuss how the incident has personally affected their life,” Wellborn said. “Our programs help the offender from obtaining a criminal record, and it is a better healing process than the judicial system, where they’d just receive a black mark on their record.”
Full Circle Director Andrea Blocker said the group has always had great community support, and donations from Salida Rotary Club and Monarch Community Outreach helped make the golf fundraiser possible.