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FOR THE LOVE OF COACH

NICE DAY FOR GOLF: A team chips onto the green during Saturday's Fenwick Golf Classic at Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union. The tournament was a benefit on behalf of EOU football coach Jim Fenwick, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. The tournament, organized by football players Casey Galpin and Ryan Smaha,drew 78 players. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).
NICE DAY FOR GOLF: A team chips onto the green during Saturday's Fenwick Golf Classic at Buffalo Peak Golf Course in Union. The tournament was a benefit on behalf of EOU football coach Jim Fenwick, who is undergoing treatment for leukemia. The tournament, organized by football players Casey Galpin and Ryan Smaha,drew 78 players. (The Observer/RAENELLE KWOCK).

By Raenelle Kwock

Staff Writer

UNION — In football, the offense scores touchdowns and the defense stops that from happening.

Life involves similar adversity in terms of becoming successful and dealing with tough situations to get to that point. Eastern Oregon University head football coach Jim Fenwick is receiving treatment for leukemia, and his team knows he will come out on top.

Casey Galpin and Ryan Smaha, EOU football players, dedicated their senior project to Fenwick.

The Fenwick Golf Classic Saturday at Buffalo Peak Course drew 20 teams. Seventy-eight players competed in the 18-hole tournament under sunny skies.

Even though Smaha did not play much this past season, he said Fenwick gave him a lot of lessons out of life.

"I wish he could be here," Smaha said Saturday.

"I'm playing in it," Fenwick told Smaha.

Smaha hopes Fenwick will be back on the field next season and play in the tournament, too.

"It's not just an EOU football thing," Smaha said. "That's not what it is about."

He said part of life is overcoming adversity.

"We all feel he'll overcome that adversity (leukemia)," Smaha said.

"He's a fighter," he said. "He likes to compete."

There was a raffle and silent auction in addition to the tournament. Sports memorabilia from the University of Washington, Oregon State University, University of Arizona and autographed footballs were some of the items raffled away.

"I just have tremendous respect for coach Fenwick and his family," Smaha said.

He said it is the thought that counts.

"Everybody is having a good time and it's for a good cause."

Smaha taps Fenwick's son Casey on the shoulder telling him that everyone supports his dad.

"This is great," Casey Fenwick said looking at the teams on the course.

Smaha said no matter what he does he cannot repay Fenwick for the values he taught him in life.

Every bit counts.

TEAM SHOOTS 55 TO TOP FIELD AT CLASSIC

Seventy-eight players turned out for the Fenwick Golf Scramble at Buffalo Peak Golf Course Saturday.

The tournament was designed to raise funds to help Eastern Oregon University football coach Jim Fenwick in his battle with leukemia.

First place in the four-person scramble with a score of 55 was the team of Isaac Williams, Seth Pennington, Ricky Gloria and Chris Vogt.

Two teams tied for second place at 59. Jeff Dense, Alex Steenstra, Peter Wordelman and Denny Swanger were on one of the winning teams, Craig Braseth, Clint Williams, Mike Rahn and Brian Bell on the other.

Fourth place went to the team of Ryan Wells, Pat Birkby, Andy Thompson and Mark Thompson, who shot a 60.

First place — 55

Isaac Williams

Seth Pennington

Ricky Gloria

Chris Vogt

$300/team

$75/player

Second place (tie) — 59

Jeff Dense

Alex Steenstra

Peter Wordelman

Denny Swanger

Craig Braseth

Clint Williams

Mike Rahn

Brian Bell

$190/team

$47.50/player

Fourth place — 60

Ryan Wells

Pat Birkby

Andy Thompson

Mark Thompson

$100/team

$25/player

Long drive — Hole No. 9

Kevin Johnson

prize - driver donated by Buffalo Peak

Long drive — Hole No. 11

Scott Depriest

prize - OSU jersey Wedge/B.P.

KP — Hole No. 7

Jeff Dense

prize - autographed Raider Football

KP — Hole No. 3

Peter Wordelman

prize - putter/B.P.

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