This year marks the 34th Annual Gary Anderson Open and the 34th year all of the proceeds will go toward the charity close to Gray’s heart.
“I have a grandson who is hearing-impaired, so when we started this event, we decided to help that cause,” Gary has said. “When we started this event a man named Tom Thompson at the Education Service District said there was a need, we were doing the tournament for fun and he said ‘why don’t we make it a charity event.”’
According to Tournament Director Roby Lane, the tournament tees off July 13 -14 with morning and afternoon shotgun starts at Alderbrook Golf Course, there is still room for two person teams. The event gets rolling Friday evening with a seafood feast.
Along with two days of golf, Gary supplies three days of food for the players, sponsors and volunteers each evening hosting a dinner at Bay City Hall beginning at 6 p.m. each night.
Friday evening is a seafood dinner with clams and oysters he and some of the volunteers go out and collect locally. It’s a good night to get checked in and enjoy some socializing prior to play the next day.
Saturday is a burger feed and Sunday Gary hosts a steak feed and hands out the prizes. Golfers will also enjoy raffle and door prizes and a silent auction.
To handle the amount of golfers, there are two shotgun starts on Saturday and Sunday. One at 7 a.m. and one at noon. This year’s event is July 12-14 and there is still time to get a partner and signup. The cost is $170 per team if you are a member of Alderbrook Golf Course and $330 per team for nonmembers.
You can get an entry form at Alderbrook Golf Course or by calling Roby Lane, at 503-801-2988. With the field filling up fast, Roby suggests getting your entry form in quickly.