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Spots still available for September youth benefit golf event

It’s not too late to sign up for this year’s Mike Long Youth Benefit Golf Tournament.

The event, which has been renamed to honor Long, the long-time backer and promoter of the event who passed away in March, is Saturday, Sept. 16 at Mallard Creek in Lebanon.

Organizers are seeking players, volunteers, donors and sponsors for the event, which raises money for Santiam Canyon students and nonprofits. 

Tournament director Jeff Ballard told The Canyon Weekly, “we currently have 92 players and will be capping it at 116 so we have room for six more four-man teams. We are accepting any, and all donations up to Sept 15.”

Ballard noted that any players unable to field a four-person team will be paired with other golfers upon request. Golf participation costs $150 and includes individual and team prizes, an after-event barbecue buffet lunch, on-course snacks and various sponsored events throughout the golf course. Check-in is at 7:30, with a shotgun start at 8:30.

To register to play or for more information about becoming a sponsor or a donor, go to or call 503-949-1252.

The tournament, started in 2001 by Long and his wife Jan with the goal of raising $500 for one scholarship, passed the $300,000 mark in contributions with last year’s event. 

Tournament proceeds from 2022 paid for $18,500 in scholarships for 13 high school seniors and kicked in another $17,000 for seven local youth organizations.

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