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SLO County golf courses help raise money for Thomas Fire and Flood Fund

Avila Beach and Blacklake Golf Resorts take part

SLO County golf courses help raise money for Thomas Fire and Flood Fund

AVILA BEACH, Calif. - Golfers hit the links at two Central Coast courses Thursday while helping out a worthy cause at the same time.

"We are taking all the green fees we take today at the golf course and we're going to donate it to the (United Way) Thomas Fire (and Flood) Fund," said Avila Beach Golf Resort head golf professional Jay Farrior.

During the daylong event, green fees at Avila Beach Beach Golf Resort, as well as at Blacklake Golf Resort, were matched by the Rossi Foundation.

"100 percent of the green fees today go to that fund and they are being matched by the Rossi Foundation dollar for dollar," said Farrior.

The matching of the green fees doubled the amount raised by the event.

"We just felt like we needed to do something," said Farrior. "The golfing community is a giving community and we thought we would rally everybody together and pick a day of the week that made sense, get everybody out here and have some money and donate some money to a cause."

Farrior said the two courses, which are owned by local developer Rob Rossi, were able to get the word out through advertising and social media.

"There's a lot of golfers out there today and they're enjoying the day and it's all going to a great cause," said Farrior. "Most of the golfers that came out today made bookings with that effort solely."

Helping people in need in neighboring Santa Barbara County is something Farrior said everyone at the two golf courses was happy to be involved with.

"They are our neighbors," said Farrior. "We are watching the aftermath of these two horrific tragedies down there just south of us."

Farrior added they will continue to accept donations for the United Way Thomas Fire and Flood Fund in the days to come.

"If anyone decides they would like to put money to this relief fund, they can contact me at the golf course," said Farrior. 

To contact the Avila Beach Golf Resort, call (805) 595-4000

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