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Snowy day sets stage for Chili Open

2/7/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Krista Galloway
BATH — Amidst the snow-covered fields at Hale Farm and Village Feb. 2, some local golfers had the chance to hit the links for a good cause at the Wayne Homes Chili Open. The event is a fundraiser for the Akron Rotary Camp for Children With Special Needs, located in New Franklin.

During the event, the Hale Farm grounds were transformed into seven golf courses with nine holes each, with hole distances ranging from 65 to 125 yards. Golfers were challenged to drive shots across the frozen fields and putt balls laden with ice.

Shown at right top is a group of participants from Wayne Homes, Akron Tractor & Equipment and Whitey’s as they get warm by the fire during a break in play.

Golfer Stan Vogel, of Navarre, is pictured at left as he prepares to take a shot as snowflakes come down.

Following play, those who attended had the chance to warm up with chili donated by Whitey’s in Richfield. Justin Alaburda, of Lyndhurst, who is with the Akron law firm of Brennan, Manna and Diamond, is shown at left in the photo at right bottom as volunteers Heather Pickens, of Rootstown, and Todd Eisinger, of West Akron, stand ready to serve.

— By Kathleen Folkerth

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