The first-place team, from the Correctional Training Facility, poses with their trophies. In all, 25 teams participated in the fundraising tournament.

The first-place team, from the Correctional Training Facility, poses with their trophies. In all, 25 teams participated in the fundraising tournament.

California Men’s Colony hosts while Correctional Training Facility, Avenal SP represent on the course

By Lt. Monica Ayon, AA/Public Information Officer
California Men’s Colony

The California Men’s Colony (CMC) recently held their first Benefit Golf Tournament at the Morro Bay Golf Course.

Twenty-five teams participated for the first-place prize. Many gifts and prizes were donated.

Paso Robles Ford provided a new 2015 Ford Escort as a “Hole in One” prize and although no one won the prize, one participant came within inches of driving away in a new car.

Teams representing the Correctional Training Facility (CTF) and Avenal State Prison (ASP) as well as the San Luis Obispo Sheriff’s Department were in attendance.

One brave soul from the last-place team, which shall remain anonymous, poses with their trophy.

One brave soul from the last-place team, which shall remain anonymous, poses with their trophy.

The tournament was followed by a tri-tip and chicken barbeque at Del Mar Park in Morro Bay where the winners were announced. Coincidentally, two teams tied for both the first and last place prizes. The card-off procedure was utilized to determine the winner and loser in each instance. The team representing CTF walked away with the first-place trophies while the last-place team shall remain anonymous.

The tournament was organized by the CMC committee, “From the Colony to the Community.” The group was established in 2014 for the purpose of organizing fundraisers in support of local non-profits and charitable organizations in San Luis Obispo County.

With the support of The Employee Benefit Fund, a non-profit 501(c)(3) established for the purpose of raising funds to distribute on an as needed basis to the employees of CMC during times of catastrophic events, the tournament raised $6,492.

Half of the proceeds, $3,246, went to the Atascadero chapter of Relay for Life. The Employee Benefit Fund received $2,246 and the remaining $1,000 will go to two CMC Scholarships for future college students of CMC staff.

“Plans are already in the making for next year’s tournament,” organizers said in a statement. “The tournament was the perfect way for staff of CMC to give back to their community by touching and reaching lives with their generosity and enjoying a beautiful Central Coast day on the golf course, all at the same time.”