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Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -7 Vote up Vote down Tax Payer · 240 weeks ago So if all the wonderful tournaments raise so much money then why does the course need more in tax money? Why is it such a sin to request that the course pay it’s own way by charging the people that use it instead of raising taxes on people who have no desire to play the game nor care if the course is here or not?. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Tax payer when was the last time you flew a plane into the airport? Just asking. … Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -8 Vote up Vote down jay · 240 weeks ago who cares about the airport, only the rich people use it, its like the golf course these 2 things don’t make wellington grow in anyway. Wow the golf course made 8,,500 in one tournament but the don’t pay its bills. Long live wellington right, as our leaders run it to the ground. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -4 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 240 weeks ago I didn’t know how it would happen, or how the justification would be drawn…..but there if it is. Lol. The “it’s for the kids” argument. Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago +10 Vote up Vote down Eric · 240 weeks ago If on average $30.00 are spent in Wellington by out of town golfers $30×4000(rounds)= $120,000 / year. Not bad for a “amenity” you don’t use. Us out of towners enjoy the Wellington Golf Course though! I’ll fight to keep it and I don’t even live there lol Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago -6 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 240 weeks ago “or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins.” Yeah, I guess I’ll have to go to my grave not knowing about this. Report Reply 1 reply · active 240 weeks ago +4 Vote up Vote down Tom Countryman · 240 weeks ago Bobby, I for one thank you for this piece defending the Wellington golf course! I am not a resident of Wellington, nor do I golf, but I can sure see how having the course helps your local economy! Report Reply 0 replies · active 240 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down credence · 240 weeks ago Nice article Bobby, but I would like to see some documentation about the value. Most times these numbers are usually slightly over rated. Most of the negative comments relate to the frustration the local taxpayers are feeling right now with all the issues down at City Hall and they are looking for ways to save tax dollars. I do believe the course does provide some value to our community through the ways you have identified, but I too would like to see the course be more self supporting. I know Cueball, it is only .01% of the total budget, but what does that equate to in actual dollars? I think if the information Booby has provided is compared to the City’s tax support, people may understand situation better. Just saying. Report Reply 2 replies · active 240 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Bobby Wilson · 240 weeks ago Credence I would have to do some research on that. If your asking to track what each fundraising tournament made. This would obviously depend on the number of people playing and what the entry fee is per player minus the payback or prizes. DH would have a schedule of all the tournaments from last year. The point is there are so many that on some dates they have them in the morning and afternoon. The main point was the fact that people who do not play golf benefit from those who do. Yes it is a quality of life issue. It adds to our community. I just don’t understand the attitude of just because one doesn’t use something makes it useless or not important. I disagree. Like I said I will never use the airport but it seems enough do to justify giving it ten times the money the golf course receives at least this next year. 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments To the editor:First off let me say thank you for the three part series on the Wellington Golf Course. I have grown up on this course. Â I love golf and those that have dedicated themselves to making the game a healthy part of Wellington life. There were more than golf lessons learned from Gerald, Kathleen and Steve Gill while growing up. A group of us learned life has itâ€™s up and downs. The lie you receive isnâ€™t always fair but the only thing mattered was the next shot. That same philosophy holds true off the course in our daily lifes.Â Life is what we make of it. It is always fair but the challenge is to continue keeping the faith and hitting the next shot.Bobby WilsonAnyone that knows me understands my addiction, I love golf. Â I will defend the game, the course and its worth in our community with every ounce in my body.Â It isnâ€™t just a game to some of us it is a way of life and those we play with are not just golfers to us but part of an extended family.I can understand that some will never use the golf course. They will never know what it is like to hit a crisp iron shot, roll in a long putt or let the big dog eat while feeling it ring deep in your loins. I totally understand some have the attitude that golf is a rich manâ€™s game. I am here to tell you that it is not the case at all.The one thing that was never covered in the three part series that I find crucial to the argument of city intervention or funding is this. What is the golf courses role in our community. Letâ€™s take a look at just that.Â Â Letâ€™s talk fundraising. We golfers as some like to say should support the course. Pay for the course ourselves. I believe that we do a pretty good job of that. But what else do golfers support. Well we support the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, The Wellington After School Program, The Wellington Crusader Club, The Scott Rice Memorial Tournament, The South Central Cat Backers and the Lions Club to just name a few. We support these not because we get to play free golf that day. Most are already members of the Wellington Golf Club and can already play for free. Playing in these events are expensive but worth every dime. They fund scholarships, equipment, events and add to the quality of life for so many.Â The ones that benefit from these types of fundraisers are kids that are still in school. I would imagine that most have never played a round of golf.When we play in these tournaments usually food is catered in or purchased locally. The golf course allows it to be made in the pavilion at the course. It is just another way money stays local. I do not know if there is away to adequately track that kind of details. But I have had everything from Burgers, Steaks, BBQ, Mexican food to KFC. I appreciate all the vendors that support these charitable causes and make a meal part of the tournament. But again it is money being spent locally.So how much money does a tournament raise? Well according to the Scott Rice Memorial Staff they have raised $50,000 at the local golf course in six years. That is $8,333 per year as an average.Â The Scott Rice is one of the biggest tournaments that the golf course host each year. But the important thing is that I would go as far as saying that out of the 144 golfers to play that day at least half do not live in Wellington.There are several more examples of these types of tournaments. If you want to raise a lot of money in one day have a golf tournament.Â The one thing that makes this so incredible is not only the hard work of volunteers but of the Wellington Golf Club Staff. Derek Harrison or DH as we call him does a tremendous job marketing the golf course. He has brought new tournaments and ideas to the course.Last summer the Wellington Golf Club hosted the Kansas Boys Championships. The course was crammed full of young golfers that had made their way to Wellington. The tournament was an unbelievable success. I was at awe of the volunteers that came out to support the tournament. I do not know what the economic impact on Wellington was that week but I know we had families staying in our local motels and eating at our local restaurants.There are several â€œquality of lifeâ€ opportunities that the City of Wellington supports. I have never flown a plane into or out of the Wellington Airport but I certainly feel like it is important to maintain. I see the money that has been allocated for the airport is a much larger amount than the golf course. The swimming pool even though ran by the Rec Center still receives some city funding. I am glad to see that as well. Even though my swimming pool days have passed me by, I can remember some fun afternoons diving off a real high dive and also some timeouts on the famous grates. Kids need a place to swim even if it is water down the drain so to speak.My point is just because one does not golf doesnâ€™t mean that it should not be supported. I would venture to say that more money is raised at the Wellington Golf Course that benefits more programs in Wellington than any other place in town. If I am incorrect someone will surely post a comment. So as I said earlier there are more people who gain from the golf course than just a select few as some say who play the game.The Wellington Golf Club is a public golf course. The Wellington Menâ€™s Golf Association is a diverse group of men from all walks of life. I am a proud member and watched last fall as we awarded scholarships for college. We take pride in our support of the next generation of leaders that come from our community. We always have room for more.Â If you have never played the game give it a try. You donâ€™t have to have the best equipment to start. You might just find out why some of us call it the greatest game ever played.Bobby WilsonWellington, Kansas.Follow us on Twitter.
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