ST. MARYS — The Lake Improvement Association’s 16th annual Bar Stool Open takes place Saturday along the bars on Grand Lake St. Marys. The prize party is held on Sunday.
“This is one of our largest fundraisers. Last year we brought in over $15,000. We had 160 teams and you figure 160 times four per team, that is a lot of people coming to the lake,” said Mark Piening, vice president of the Lake Improvement Association.
“We have 13 bars and it is a par 3 course at each bar. Each bar makes up their own hole. They go to each bar and putt around and the lowest score wins. We pay first, second and third place for the lowest scores. Players start at the bar that they signed up at. They start at 9 a.m., and once they start, they are able to go willy nilly anywhere to the bars that they want, they just need to complete all bars by 7 p.m.” Piening said. “Each bar will have a hole-in-one special prize.”
But don’t think this fundraiser is just about miniature golf, because it’s not. There is a boat decorating contest and a T-shirt contest as well.
“On Sunday at 2 p.m. we have the awards prize party and Duckfoot’s. We also award the boat decorating contest and T-shirt contest. Also, you are allowed to bribe the judges. Years ago bribes of loaded brownies, anything worked! Anything to make it fun for people and judges,” Piening said.
It’s not too late to sign up to play.
“Right now we have well over 115 to 120 teams and going into the last week, it is going to be pretty much near where we were last year. We do take walk-up teams the day of the event, as long as they are there before 9 a.m.” Piening said.
Piening is passionate about the lake, and the good time the lake can bring to everyone.
“The point is to bring people back to the lake. Show them we are here and we have a good lake. We have a nice area and we want people to come enjoy themselves. This gives us funds so we can help with the clean up,” he said.
Reach Merri Hanjora at 567-242-0511