Putt-Putt on Pine Returns to Pine Avenue

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putt-putt-on-pineThose wacky golfers return to Pine Avenue and the East Village on from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2009, when Leadership Long Beach’s annual fundraiser Putt-Putt on Pine returns to downtown Long Beach streets.

Putt-Putt on Pine is a zany miniature golf tournament created by Leadership Long Beach more than a dozen years ago. A signature Leadership Long Beach event, this will be the 14th time upwards of 300 golfers putt their way up and down Pine Avenue and the East Village during this fun and original fundraising activity.

Here’s how it works: The event will start at Smooth’s Sports Grille, 140 Pine Avenue, where participants will register, get their putters/golf balls, have appetizers, purchase drinks and participate in a raffle/auction and the unique Hole in One created by Mark Cochrane of Seaside Printing. Many of the gift certificates and other merchandise in the raffle/auction are donated by the Pine Avenue and East Village merchants.

Each foursome will play one of the designated nine-hole courses along different parts of Pine Avenue and the East Village arts district.

Each business or restaurant participating in the event will design its own unique, creative putting green and set its par. Putters can purchase soft drinks and alcoholic drinks at the restaurants, which also will provide tasty appetizers. Businesses that do not sell alcohol will provide other beverages and appetizers.

Foursomes will attempt to out-putt the competing teams to win the tournament awards, which will be given out back at Smooth’s, the “10th hole” after all the teams return. Golfers will also vote on several categories such as Best Creative Hole, Best Food, etc., and awards will be given to the winning businesses, and the raffle/auction winners will be announced.

Last year, winning businesses were: Village Treasures — Best Overall Effort; L’ Opera — Tastiest Food; Gallery 11-7 — Most Challenging Hole; and Lola’s — Most Creative Hole Design. Winning the “serious golfers” award was the team from the CSU Chancellor’s Office; 1st Hole-in-One winner was Cathy Gies from the LLB Class of 2008; and winning the “zany golfers” prize were the Blockheads from H&R Block. Mayor Bob Foster has been a participant the past two years.

This is a chance to come see the new and old establishments on Pine Avenue and the East Village, help Leadership Long Beach raise funds for its 10-month adult program, its one-month Executive Quick Start program and its six-month Youth Leadership Program. Plus, it is a rocking good time with new and old friends.

The general public and Leadership Long Beach alumni are invited to participate in the fun, affordable event. Gather a foursome of your friends, or sign up as an individual and be placed in a friendly group. Tickets are $50 each before April 16; $60 each after that and at the door.

Hole sponsorships are also available from $2,500 to $300, and depending on the level, include foursomes, program ads, signage acknowledgements and more. The DLBA (Downtown Long Beach Associates) is a title sponsor of the event, as is Smooth’s Sports Grille, Seaside Printing Inc. and the Long Beach Redevelopment Agency.

Stay downtown for a fun evening and challenge your colleagues, your friends and your neighbors to a friendly putting match, all for a good cause. Leadership Long Beach’s mission is to “develop and connect principled leaders to strengthen the community.”

For more information, contact the Leadership Long Beach office at (562) 997-9194 or go to www.leadershiplb.org.

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