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September 30, 2009 > Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament returns to Niles

Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament returns to Niles

By Alissa Gwynn
Photos By Courtesy of Nancy Haylock

Place settings, glassware, tote bags, slippers ("Whenever we see pink flamingo things, we buy them!" said event organizer, Nancy Haylock, referring to the prizes given out at the annual Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament in Niles. In this self-proclaimed "wacky and tacky" event, participants use maps on the backs of their scorecards to navigate the nine themed miniature golf holes created and hosted by Niles's residents and local businesses. The holes, which use a humorous play on the word "hole," have included "happy hole-adays," "Hole-y matrimony," and "Hole-aween" in past years.

Jimmy Roney, an eighth grader at Centerville Junior High School, was one of the architects of "the hole enchilada" last year. He and his friend, Jake Reist, set up a Mexican-themed hole, where he said, "everyone dressed up as if it were a great fiesta and chips and salsa were served." Together, they took home the prize for "Best Hole," an accomplishment that they both took pride in. However, instead of hosting another hole this year, Roney has decided to participate in the tournament to be able to fully appreciate and have fun at all of the other holes. He and his family, who have participated in the tournament for about seven or eight years, will be joining with roughly one hundred and fifty other people.

In addition to Best Hole, prizes are also awarded for Best Dressed Golfer and Overall Score. However, it is clear that the true prize for everyone is simply to experience the spirit of the tournament itself. Haylock says, "Every time you see someone's creation, it's like, oh my gosh, how did they do that?" She further explains that the best part of the tournament every year is seeing the creativity of all of the people who come up with or create the themed holes.

Tickets, which are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 12, and free for toddlers, can be purchased at the Nile Cafe on October 4, the day of the tournament. Scorecards and putters will be provided for golfers, along with refreshments at a get-together at the "watering hole" after completion of the course. Proceeds of the tournament benefit Niles Main Street Association, which essentially funds projects and gives back to the community at large.

Niles's Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament is truly a one-of-a-kind event. As Roney said himself, "When you go to Golfland, it's all the same...There's always going to be the same castle. Here, everyone changes ideas. You never know exactly what you're going to get."

Pink Flamingo Pee Wee Golf Tournament
Saturday, October 4
Noon - 4 p.m.
The Nile Cafe
121 "I" Street, Niles district, Fremont
For information contact Nancy Haylock (510) 795-8670 or go to www.niles.org

Admission tickets available at The Nile Cafe on event day.
$10 Adults, $5 kids under 12, and free for toddlers.

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