Lions take over Lakota Canyon |

Lions take over Lakota Canyon

Kim Doose

Not everyone got to play with the Lions at the Lakota golf tournament.Lions? asked one man.He pointed to his two golf buddies. I played with these pigeons.The Lions Clubs of New Castle and Silt held the second annual Lions at Lakota Charity Golf Tournament in New Castle on June 3. Nine teams took to the greens in between bouts of pouring rain to raise money for charity.Lions Clubs were established 85 years ago, and since that time they have set up organizations all over the world in which they give back to their respective communities by providing neighborhood parks, playgrounds, senior citizen programs and medical care for the needy.The club is recognized internationally for their service to the blind and visually impaired, which began when Helen Keller challenged the Lions to begin a crusade against blindness in 1925. And they have taken that challenge into the 21st century.We collect eyeglasses. Millions have been recycled, said Harry Garner.The eyeglasses are sent to the clubs eyeglass recycling centers worldwide where they are cleaned, repaired and sorted by prescription and then distributed to third-world countries.Their accomplishments locally are just as great. When the New Castle Lions saw that people had to stand in rain, sleet and snow while waiting for a bus, they partnered with the city and, with the help of donated materials, built bus shelters on the west and east end of town.The Silt club gave money to get a clinic up and running in Rifle, has sent disabled kids to camp, and has also made it possible for those who couldnt afford it to get glasses and vision exams.Often, the two clubs partner with one another. We have a lot of crossover, but we can just accomplish that much more, Debbie Sjodahl said.But the Lions from both dens were at home together on the Lakota links even though, apparently, there were a few tigers on the loose.The fact that a couple of golfers introduced themselves to the Our Towns reporter as Tiger Woods suggests two things: that the social girl needs glasses and that, indeed, the game of golf requires a serious dose of self-belief. But thats all right. Confidence is everything. Just ask any Lion.

The second place team, which shot 62: clockwise from back left, Mike Stickler, of Glenwood, is a teacher at Riverside Middle School; Bob David, of Glenwood, is semi-retired; Willie Marsh, of Glenwood, owns Sun Pro; and Ed Ware, of Glenwood, owns AA Audio Engineering.

The team from Alpine Bank shot 63 and took third place. From left, Dave Scruby, of Glenwood, is vice chairman; Jay Rickstrew, of Rifle, is president; Bruce Robinson, of Glenwood, is regional manager; and Jim Corsentino, of Glenwood, is senior vice president.

Lions members, from left, Karen Wood, of New Castle, is a hairdresser at Creekside Hair & Skin Day Spa; Debbie Sjodahl, of Rifle, is operations and promotions manager at KMTS and president of the Silt Lions Club; Scott Parr, of New Castle, works in Central Operations at Alpine Bank; and Diane Branstetter, of New Castle, is secretary at New Hope Church.

From left, Matt Vogel, of Rifle, works at Alpine Bank; Tom Hanna, of Glenwood, works construction; Terry Vogel, of Carbondale, is retired; and Randy Marshall, of Rifle, works in construction.

The Lakota Ranch golf pros, from left, Tom Underwood, of New Castle, is director of golf; and assistant golf pros John Underwood, of New Castle; Ryan Parker, of New Castle; and John Pelland, of Glenwood

From left, Bruce Wallace, of Carbondale, works for Eagle County; Chuck Gross, of Carbondale, owns Gross Locker Plant; Tony Gross, of Carbondale, is a rancher; and Bob McCarten, of Silt, is a drywaller.

From left, Johan Sellem, of Boulder, is a hairdresser; Harry Garner, of New Castle, is an architect; Reinhardt Broszat, of Lafayette, works for Craters & Freighters; and Jason Garner, of Denver, works for Craters & Freighters.

Debbie Sanderson, left, and Beth Cook, both of New Castle, who own Home Town Real Estate Co., sponsored a hole for the tournament.

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