1st Annual High Desert Pony League Golf Outing

By Janice Eck

(Victor Valley)– The Protect Our Nation’s Youth (Pony) Baseball League will take a break from baseball and hold its first annual golf outing at the Green Tree Golf Course on Saturday, June 8th at 1 p.m. Prepare for a fun-filled day with contests and prizes and a chance to win $1 million.

An $80.00 entry fee gets you on the green with a cart, and includes a mexican buffet dinner. Dinner-only tickets are available to adults for $20 and kids eat for $10. Different kinds of prizes are available for Longest Drive, Closest to the Hole, Longest Put (for men and women) and much more. You may even win a vacation trip. A winning raffle ticket will get you a chance to hit a hole-in-one for $1 million or a variety of other prizes.

Keep an eye out at the Green Tree Clubhouse for an Xbox tournament if your child enjoys video games. There will be prizes for boys and girls.

Donations (monetary and equipment) are always welcome with open arms at the Pony League. The Pony League is excited to have Dick’s Sporting Goods as a new sponsor (watch for a grand opening at the Victor Valley Mall in the fall) and welcomes any business interested in a sponsorship. With different levels of sponsorships available for the Golf Outing, you will be sure to find one that suits your business’s needs and budget.

Bruce Gilbert, Pony League’s Tournament Director and Sponsorship Coordinator, said in an interview, “The proceeds from the golf tournament will go to help the league, as for the parks that we play at, the lighting, umpires, field maintenance, and equipment.”

The Pony League is a sanctioned national league that carries no restrictions on zip codes or communities, allowing players from all over the High Desert area from Phelan to Barstow. According to Gilbert, “Right now we have over 1,000 kids playing baseball and we hope to double that next year.”

Teams are not limited to playing in just the High Desert. Travel Ball teams are put together by coaches and go down the hill to play in tournaments at different venues from Chino Hills to San Diego. “In the future,” Bruce said, “we plan to have quite a few of those tournaments in the High Desert. It’ll bring a lot of business into the community once we get that up and running.”

The Pony League Spring season is coming to a close with its All-Star games around the corner. If you would like to sign-up your child for the Fall season, be sure to go to http://www.hdpleague.org for more information.

To register for the Golf Outing as a player, volunteer or sponsor, visit http://www.tournevents.com/_tournament/?event=hdpl
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