Outlaw Open set for a 19th year at Aspen Lakes

 

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Annual golf tournament joins Outlaw Hall of Fame event bring Sisters together

Only the most special events bring together an entire community. Two such events help bring Sisters together every year in support of Sisters High School and its athletic and extracurricular programs: The Outlaw Open Golf Tournament and the Outlaw Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony.

Since 1998, The Outlaw Open has been among the highlights on Sisters events calendar. The Outlaw Open will be back for its 19th edition on Friday, June 17 at Aspen Lakes Golf Course. The scramble tournament begins with a 1 p.m. shotgun start.

Not only has the tournament always been a fun afternoon and evening for the attendees, it has been the Outlaw Booster Club’s crucial fundraiser for Sisters School’s extracurricular programs.

In all, The Outlaw Open has raised more than $250,000 for Outlaw athletics, including more than $30,000 since the Outlaw Booster Club began pairing The Outlaw Open and Hall of Fame Banquet.

“The Booster Club has focused on FUNraising and working with the School District to fill the seats and events to support the students and athletes,” says Brett Hudson, president of the Outlaw Booster Club, which is now in its second year organizing the golf tournament. “The Open and Hall of Fame help raise funds to create special opportunities beyond what the School District can support to help make these years as special as possible for the students.

“We have helped sponsor rooter buses to state tournaments, improve playing fields and equipment, and given donations to the elementary and middle school for student enrichment,” Hudson adds. “This year the Booster Club will also be granting two scholarships that we hope to build on in the future.”

The Outlaw Open, which sold out in 2015, would not be as much of a success if it wasn’t fun for all. This year, the event will get even more enjoyable for the attendees.

As always, the tournament includes a dinner and live auction. But new this year will be a dance and a performance by Central Oregon’s own High Street Band. Cost to play in the tournament is $130 per golfer, and that includes dinner, auction and entertainment. Those not interested in playing are invited to attend the dinner and post-dinner entertainment ($30 per person) or just the High Street Band performance and dance ($10). Sponsorships are also available.

Aspen Lakes has been involved from the beginning, and has donated the use of the course for all 19 tournaments.

“One of the things we wanted when we built the golf course was to be able to give back to the Sisters community,” says Pam Mitchell, who co-owns Aspen Lakes. “This is one of those ways we do it. The Outlaw Open helps support the Sisters football program and the rest of the school’s extracurricular activities.”

The Second Annual Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, Sept. 3, is far newer but no less important. The weekend of festivities begin when the Hall of Fame inductees are announced during Friday night’s Sisters football game.

The Banquet, which will be hosted at Sisters High School, begins Saturday night at 5:30 p.m., followed by a dinner, auction and Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

A ticket to the Hall of Fame Banquet is $50 per person. Discounts are available for those who purchase a ticket for The Outlaw Open and the Hall of Fame Banquet.

“Our football program is extremely appreciative of all the support they receive, and this event also gives us a chance to say thank you as well,” says Gary Thorson, head football coach at Sisters High School. “Last year was a huge success and we had a unbelievable and unselfish group of people putting it together, and we look forward to this again.”

For more information about sponsorship opportunities or registration for either event, visit www.birdeasepro.com/OBCOutlawOpenandHOF or email crambrose17@gmail.com. For more information about the Hall of Fame nomination and selection process, visit www.shshalloffame.org.

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