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Spots still open for Lions Club golf tourney

LOCKPORT – Spots are still available for the Niagara County Lions Clubs Junior Golf Tournament, being held Tuesday at Willowbrook Golf Course, 4200 Lake Ave., Lockport.

Male and female golfers may enter in two age groups, 9 to 11 and 12 to 17, and must be Niagara County residents. The cost is $10, which includes food and awards, and reservations are due by Monday.

Registration for the older contestants, who play 18 holes, will be at 7:15 a.m., with tee-off at 8 a.m., while the younger golfers will register at 9:15 a.m. for their nine holes of golf, with tee-off at 10 a.m.

This is the Lions’ fourth annual competition, and includes clubs from Barker, Gasport, Lewiston, Lockport, Newfane, Olcott, Pendleton, the Town of Niagara, Youngstown and Wilson.

Nancy Luckman, of the Gasport Lions, serves as district governor for District 20N. She chairs this Lions project and said last year’s event drew around 60 contestants.

She said the Lions initiated the tournament as a way to involve the youth throughout the county and to better familiarize them with the Lions Club.

“Hopefully, there are kids who will remember one day that they golfed in this tournament and now they’d like to become a Lion,” Luckman said.

She said attracting new – and younger – members is “really important” to the Lions.

“We are doing (eyesight) screenings in schools, we purchase eyeglasses for those who cannot afford them, and almost all of our clubs hold community Christmases for those less fortunate,” she said. “The Niagara County clubs hold Christmas parties at Wyndham Lawn Home for Children, and in Lackawanna and Randolph.

“I say the Lions are the best kept secret in the universe,” Luckman said of the club’s efforts to advertise their charitable works.

“We have a Blind Picnic coming up July 17 at the Five Senses Park at 6535 Ward Road, Sanborn,” she said. “This is sponsored by several of our clubs. And for those who can’t get there on their own, Lions will offer transportation. They play bingo, eat, drink and have a fun time.

And on July 20, the Grand Island Lions Club hosts its annual picnic for children with disabilities, at the Buffalo Launch Club, chaired this year by Annette Boies-Lobl.

“We have pony rides, picnic food, music, face-painting, and the Excalibur Leisure Skills Center gives the children boat rides,” said Tom Witkowski, the club’s treasurer. “We’ve been doing this for more than 50 years.”

Anyone interested in registering for the Junior Golf Tournament should contact Luckman at 778-7117 by Monday.