Originally Published: August 18, 2015 10:05 p.m.
PRESCOTT - In last year's inaugural Guns & Hoses John Hanna Sr. Memorial Golf Tournament, a sold-out field raised nearly $10,000 for two of the former Prescott City Councilman's favorite causes.
His widow Sherrie Hanna wants to keep that going with the second annual tournament, set for Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Antelope Hills Golf Course in Prescott.
"We raised $9,500, and that was split between the Prescott Police Explorers, and the Prescott Fire Fighter Charities," Sherrie Hanna said of the tournament that took place over Labor Day weekend in 2014. "It was a great success."
Hanna spearheaded the tournament to honor her husband, who died in October 2013 of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a disease linked to "Downwinder" exposure to contamination from nuclear testing in southern Nevada in the 1950s and early 1960s.
A long-time police officer, John Hanna Sr. often came into contact with members of the Police Explorers and valued the program that helped teach young people about police work, which he often referred to as "an honorable profession," Sherrie Hanna said. At the same time, she said, "He had many friends who were firefighters."
So, it was a natural for Hanna to combine those two causes with golf, a sport that John Hanna Sr. loved. "He grew up on Antelope Hills," Sherrie said. "His dad worked in golf maintenance."
The money awarded to the Police Explorers helped the group travel to a competition in Chandler, and to special training in Las Vegas, Hanna said.
Last year's tournament brought out many of the people Hanna Sr. had played sports with through the years, as well as former coworkers, acquaintances, and family members. "It was sold out; we had to turn people away," Sherrie Hanna said of the 2014 event.
The tournament will be a four-person flighted scramble, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start on Antelope Hills' North Course. The cost is $60 per person, which covers green fees, cart, range balls, and lunch.
"Billy Casper Golf (the manager of the municipal Antelope Hills Golf Course) has been awesome to make the tournament affordable," Hanna said, adding that a reasonable price was one of her goals for the tournament.
Prizes will be given for longest putt, longest drive, and closest to the pin. A trophy will go to the winner among the police and firefighter participants, and winners will be designated in each of three flights. A number of donated prizes also will be raffled off.
Hanna said the field is limited to 140 golfers. More information is available by calling Antelope Hills Golf Course at 928-776-7888. Payment is due at the time of registration, and checks should be made to John Hanna Sr. Memorial Golf Course. Information on hole sponsorships or raffle donations is available by calling Sherrie Hanna at 928-533-2925.
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