Eli Scramble will benefit Hospice

By PHILIP CASE State Journal Columnist Published:

All you need do is pick up the newspaper to see calls for participants in several golf tournaments ... the proceeds from which all go to worthy causes. And with the burgeoning popularity of golf, few are short on those wanting to tee it up for a round or two.

One such event that's been around for quite a while now is the Eli Scramble, hosted by Bob Arnold, former county judge-executive who's now executive director and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Counties.

In its 13th year, the scramble is named in honor of one of Arnold's seeing eye dogs, Eli, who's now dead. It's set for Friday, Aug. 29, at Juniper Hill with shotgun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $65 per person with all proceeds going to benefit Hospice of the Bluegrass.

"When I was in the county judge's office," said Arnold, "I wanted to have a golf scramble to help fund the Council on Family Abuse. I was going to call it the Bob Arnold Scramble, but no one signed up.

"That's when I decided to call it the 'Eli Scramble' and a lot of people were interested then."

That was in 1990. Across the intervening years the scramble has raised funds for a number of local charities ... and for Guiding Eyes for the Blind every other year. Guiding Eyes is located in Yorktown Heights, N.Y.

"Guiding Eyes is where I get my dogs," said Arnold, who's blind. "It's important to help fund that program because it's so important for blind people." All four of Arnold's dogs - including his current companion, Onyx - have come from Guiding Eyes.

Arnold said proceeds went to the Council the second year of the scramble, too.

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