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Ivano's raises more money, and gives out more scholarships

In spite of imperfect weather, it was a perfect day. One hundred and twenty golfers gathered at Priest Lake Golf Course for the fifth annual Italian Open, and, bravely suffering 40-degree weather and a wee bit of rain, 102 of them “stayed the course,” helping to raise over $6,000 for the Ivano’s Ristorante Italiano Scholarship fund.

The traditional tournament gift to participating golfers was appropriate, a “club umbrella” designed to fit in a golf bag and keep the club grips dry. Organizer Jim Lippi, who worried about the weather - and participation - all week, noted that next year the gift might better be suntan lotion.

Ivano’s owners Jim and Pam Lippi, daughters Jessica and Katie and other volunteers who arrived early to help the PLGC crew set the course for the tournament wondered who would show up on such a nasty day. They were happily surprised. By the 10 am tee-time, an eager, if somewhat damp, crowd awaited the signal of the shotgun start. Some would go home early — unblamed — but glad to let their registration fees stay in the scholarship coffers. Those who stayed got a bit more than damp.

The quote of the day is attributed to Craig Gildersleeve, who quipped on the 14th tee with rain dripping off the end of his nose, “In Ireland, this would be a nice day.”

And a nice day it was. At the dinner ending the tourney, the competitors were all smiles, if a bit soggy, and dug in to a hearty meal provided by Hill’s Resort with the same enthusiasm as they showed on the course.

The Ivano’s Scholarship has given almost $50,000 for college education to graduating seniors from Bonner County schools in the five years of its existence. This year, awards ranging from $650 to $1,900 totaling $9,900 were given to Anna Ballard, Alex Crossingham, Jill Jacobs, Mathew Lawrence, Kletia “Matise” Mandela, Karina Olson, Alyssa Tenuto, Tessa Jo Wilder and Morgan Wills. In addition, $2,000 was distributed to previous recipients Hannah Vermeer, Sadey Vogel, Anna Waterous and Callie Wood for helping with the tournament.

If the players make it fun, the sponsors of the Italian Open make it possible to award thousands to deserving seniors. This year’s list includes Ivano’s, of course, and co-sponsor Riley Creek Lumber. Other sponsors were: Nick Russo, Tom and Dana Williams, Tony and Laura Saulino, Talent Aviation Service, American West Bank, White Cross Pharmacy, Guy Hearon, Glahe and Associates, Clem Yonkers and Lori Getts, Eagle Eye Inspections, AAA Aspault Rescue, Albertson Barlow Insurance, Alliance Title & Escrow, Baker Construction, John and Kim Cerchiai. Goose Point Inc., Hill’s Resort, Human Resource Group, The Odom Corp., Panhandle State Bank, Sandpoint Satellite, Sandpoint Title Insurance, Steve’s Import Auto and Steamer.

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Sandy Compton Sandy Compton Sandy Compton is one of the original contributors to The River Journal, and owner and publisher at Blue Creek Press (www.bluecreekpress.com). His latest book is Side Trips From Cowboy: Addiction, Recovery and the Western American Myth

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