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Winter warms up at Chili Open

2/6/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

BATH — Conditions were right for the annual Chili Open Feb. 1, as event site Hale Farm & Village was covered with a blanket of snow for the winter golf event. The fundraiser supports the Akron Rotary Camp for Children with Special Needs in New Franklin.

Jim Halloran, of Olmsted Falls, who golfed with a group from Roetzel and Andress, is shown below as he takes a swing.

Pictured at right are Marian Houser, of Fairlawn; Georgia Castrigano, of Akron; Pam O’Neill, of Copley; and Nikki Desimio, of Akron. The foursome played for Champaign Bank.

Golfers enjoyed playing on one of four golf courses of nine holes created in the snow with hole distances from 65 to 125 yards.

After hitting the links, golfers were invited into the Banquet Hall at Hale Farm to warm up with Whitey’s chili and other treats. Shown at top ready to serve are volunteers Lucy and Dave Downs, of Green, and Matt Dehnke, of Cuyahoga Falls. Participants also could participate in raffles and card games.

For more information on the event, go to www.chiliopen.net.

— Kathleen Folkerth

Photos: Krista Galloway

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