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Golf mixer swings into Latham

If you think a birdie, a bogie, and an eagle are animals of the sky, or if your ideal day ends playing the back nine, then either way, this golf event is for you.

Seasoned golfers and I have never played in my life golfers are invited to the Sadie Hawkins Golf Mixer on Friday, Aug. 22. Registration has begun for the women's charity event, which will benefit the Thomas P. Morrison Foundation, Women's Fund of the Capital Region, The Legal Project, and the Quik Flight Air Ambulance Service.

The event will be divided into two tournaments of experienced golfers, and the not-so-experienced golfers, or as organizer Melody Burns puts it, the "OK, this is a club" golfers.

"I'm not a golfer, I just started. For years I couldn't see what all the excitement was about chasing this little ball around, but now I'm hooked," Burns said. "This gives them the opportunity to say, 'OK, this is a club,' and even if you have to swing at the ball 25 times to hit it, it's a fun time."

A sizable list of current sponsors includes the Colonie Chamber of Commerce, Crossgates Mall, Panera Bread and the Capital District Women's Bar Association, which described the fundraiser as a "girls only" golf tournament.

The event will be held at the Mill Road Acres in Latham and all 18 holes of the course will be a part of the fundraiser, with the non-golfers on the front nine and experienced golfers on the back nine, according to Burns.

The golfers themselves, depending on their play, will choose which of the four main beneficiaries of the golf outing gets the lion's share of the money raised.

The Thomas P. Morrison Foundation was created in order to provide financial support to children and families of children suffering from metabolic disorders and similar rare diseases and conditions.

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