Apr 4, 2013 8:00 PM by Danielle Lerner

Golfers hoping tournament can help save Fred Enke

TUCSON- More than 100 golfers are all set to tee off Friday afternoon, in a tournament to save Fred Enke golf course. Back in October, the City of Tucson put the struggling course on a path to closure, saying it could save about $200,000. There is now talk of turning it into a park if the course cannot generate enough revenue to break even. Still, the eastside community is coming together to try and keep that from happening.

There are two goals behind Friday's tournament, the first is to let people know the course is still open and the second is to raise enough money to keep it that way.

"It's a gem of a desert course," said Carol Miller. "We see all kinds of Sonoran wildlife."

Miller is one of many regulars, hoping Friday's tournament at Fred Enke can generate enough green to save the greens.

"It'd be a big mistake to close this course," Miller said. "I'm all for parks, with 19 grandchildren very much for parks, but also for getting kids involved in golf."

Golfers like Miller say the course's affordable prices, challenging terrain and wide open spaces attract players of all ages and skill levels. A particularly popular place for seniors and retirees on the eastside.

Club President Pat O'Donnell says rumors of a possible closure are already doing damage.

"I've talked to several people who thought it was already closed," O'Donnell said.

Just one more reason fans of Fred Enke say they will keep rallying support to save it.

"It would just be a shame, it's been 30 years here, it has a significant history," O'Donnell said.

If you cannot or do not want to play in the tournament there are plenty of opportunities to get involved throughout the day. Including a raffle. Click here for more information.


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