Semancik golf tournament: Chucks and a whole lot of fun

The weather is supposed to be glorious.

And it’s not too late to enter the 11th annual Semancik Bremerton Alumni Golf Tournament, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 14 at Rolling Hills Golf Course.

It’s a fun day. You can buy mulligans AND Chucks (it’s like a mulligan, but you throw the golf ball and there’s a lot of strategy involved while considering the best time to use your Chuck). There’s class competitions between West, East and Bremerton grads. But it’s not limited to Bremerton grads by any means.

It’s a good cause. No, it’s a great cause. Proceeds go to the Semancik Foundation, which was founded in memory of the late Hall of Fame football coach Chuck Semancik. The foundation has awarded 51 scholarships worth more than $70,000 since 2000.

Check-in is 7 a.m. with the four-man scramble to start at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Cost is $300 per team, $75 per person. It includes a cart and lunch at the Fifth Quarter awards banquet, where items will be raffled off.

You’ll be off the course in plenty of time to watch the Cougars vs. Southern Utah (3 p.m., Pac-12 Network) or Huskies vs. Illinois (3 p.m., Big Ten Network/check you cable, dish listings or contact your favorite sports bar to see if they will have the game on).

Chuck Semancik, by the way, was a Cougar, but he was also a big Husky fan. During my senior year, I remember traveling to UW games with Chuck on Saturday mornings. We’d ride in his Buick Wildcat (it was the blue-and-gold West High Wildcats and black-and-white East High Knights before the schools merged to become the blue-and-gold Bremerton Knights). I remember the UW assistant coaches greeting Semancik and you could tell how much respect they had for the burly man from across the water. Semancik, naturally, never hesitated to give them his opinions on what the Huskies should or should not be doing.

Chuck taught me the “bowling ball” pass during his P.E. class. You’d take the basketball and roll it full-c0urt to someone at the other end. I never had the pleasure of seeing Chuck out on the golf course, but I’ve been told he used to hit that little while ball around once in a while. That, my friends, would have been a treat.

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