Journal of the San Juan Islands


Celebrities converge on golf classic

May 28, 2014 · Updated 2:59 PM

NW celebrities add luster, spirit to annual fundraising event / Contributed photo

If you’ve wondered what the best way is to “Get Jesse,” King 5 New’s tenacious consumer reporter, Jesse Jones, here’s a hint: driver, putter and barbecued salmon dinner.

The combination seems to work well for the San Juan Celebrity Golf Classic.

Jesse JonesFor the second year in a row, Jones will be on hand and competing along with two dozen other Pacific Northwest celebrities, and local golfers, for bragging rights, or to escape with dignity in tact, as part of the 28th Annual Islanders Bank San Juan Celebrity Golf Classic, May 30-31, at San Juan Golf & Country Club.

The Classic, San Juan Island’s longest-running charitable event, begins with a reception Friday evening, and competition, in which celebrities, such as Jones, former Seattle Seahawk Joe Tafoya and Darrel Irvin, former NFL and U of W placekicker Jeff Jaeger, radio personalties Jeff Aaron and Mike Gastineau, and Eddie Jackson and Michael Wilton of the band Queensyrche, team up with local golfers for a round of golf. The competition, an 18-hole scramble, gets under way Saturday, with teams setting off in two flights, at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Silent auction items will be on display at the Country Club throughout the day. Featured evening events include appetizers at 5 p.m., the Friday Harbor High School Band at 5:30 p.m., and barbecue salmon dinner at 6 p.m., followed by a live auction. Auction items include an autographed baseball by Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma; dinner tickets are $25.

Proceeds from the Classic will benefit six local non-profits: Lighthouse Preschool, the Friday Harbor High School S’Club, American Legion, Relay Friday Harbor, San Juan Historical Museum and Band Family and Friends.Jeff Jaeger

To register to play in the Classic or to purchase tickets, contact Becki Day, 360-298-0458.


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