For Some Golf Enthusiasts, Drinking and 'Driving' Don't Mix

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Alcohol free golf events are not only a way for people in recovery to enjoy a good time, but an opportunity for golf enthusiasts to play at peak performance.

It's almost a given. Take a group of golf enthusiasts, a few intriguing prizes and a bounty of beer and alcohol and you have the making of a successful and well attended fundraising golf event. But for many who or are in recovery, or simply don't drink, the amount of alcohol consumption at many Charity golf tournaments is a compelling reason to just stay home.

So what's the non-drinking golfer to do when they want to swing their philanthropic club, enjoy the company of like minded people while playing a round of golf without the performance altering affects of alcohol? Residence XII, an alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center in Kirkland, WA, has just the answer. On Monday, October 3rd, Residence XII will hold their Celebrate Recovery Alcohol-Free Golf Tournament. The event, conceived to create awareness around the stigma associated with addiction and recovery, is an opportunity for golf enthusiasts and non-golfers to celebrate life without alcohol and drugs.

Kate Beck, who attended the University of Iowa on a golf scholarship, and is a person in recovery, says, "Alcohol is not a performance enhancer; in fact, it inhibits performance. It may seem as though a drink or two sharpens your game, but let me say, having golfed drinking and sober, there's just no comparison. My focus and coordination have never been better." Beck, who works as a loan officer for US Bank, is also one of the tournament's sponsors.

Open to the public, the tournament will be held at one of Washington's premier destinations' The Golf Club at Echo Falls in Snohomish, WA. The course is perfect for golfers of all levels. The tourney is a scramble format. Teams may be mixed and you need not have a handicap to play. Registration begins at 11 a.m. with coffee, snacks and a bucket of balls for practice on the driving range. The Shotgun start begins at 12:30. Prizes for the day include a variety of prizes for men and women making the longest drive, shooting closest to the pin, and possessing lowest overall score AND highest overall score.                                            

At each hole golfers will have an opportunity to meet corporate and individual sponsors who support sobriety activities, including Cingular Wireless, Univar USA, Fairfax Hospital, Washington Energy Services, ArtsWest, and more. Many have been long time supporters of Residence XII and their mission.

Randy Heagle, Vice President and co-owner of Washington Energy Services said, "Businesses that support alcohol free activities send a message to the community: alcohol is not necessary for an event to be well received, fun, and successful. We proudly support the Tournament as a sponsor, because it's good business to help support recovery."

The Celebrate Recovery dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and will be emceed by Emmy Award winner John Keister, a Northwest icon who has entertained audiences for 15 years as host of the TV hit, Almost Live! The dinner will include a live auction and golf awards ceremony along with a presentation by Residence XII. Executive Director, Sharon Chambers will discuss the important work being done at Residence XII along with the need for more education and awareness around the stigma of addiction and recovery. Alumnae will share their stories of hope and recovery.

The cost is $125 per person, $500 for a foursome and $50 for non-golfers who would like to attend the Celebration Dinner. Limited space and sponsorships are still available. Call Kimberly Waters, Director of Development at 425-605-4311 or visit

About Residence XII - Located in Kirkland, Washington, Residence XII is the Northwest's premier non-profit alcohol and chemical dependency treatment center for women and their families. Opened in 1981, they have treated more than 6,500 women, and their families, with alcohol and chemical dependency. Their gender-specific programs include Inpatient, Intensive Outpatient, Continuing Care, Relapse Prevention for women 18 and up.

About John Keister - Northwest favorite Comedian and former host of Almost Live!, John Keister has been entertaining audiences for more than 15 years. He has been awarded ten local Emmy awards for hosting, performing, and writing for Almost Live. He has also appeared on the Seattle NBC and CBS affiliates as well as nationally on Comedy Central, HBO, and the Fox network.

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