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6/28/2013 9:06:00 AM
Golf tournament Saturday raises money for Kingman fireworks show
Doug McMurdo
Miner Staff Reporter

KINGMAN - The Second Annual Firecracker Golf Tournament kicks off with a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Cerbat Cliffs Golf Course.

Registration for the four-person scramble gets under way at 7 a.m. The $100 cost per player includes skins and buy-ins, along with lunch after play ends.

As the name of the tournament implies, the money raised will help fund the 2014 Independence Day fireworks display.

The tournament is sponsored by the Kingman Boomers, a nonprofit group that raises money to fund the fireworks show at the Mohave County Fairgrounds.

Taxpayers and the city of Kingman previously funded the show, but the City Council in 2011 declined to include it in the 2012-2013 fiscal budget amid shrinking revenues.

"The city was down to needs and wants and couldn't cover it," said Michael Bihuniak, a co-founder and past president of the Kingman Boomers. "Me and a couple of other guys, Harley Pettit and Marvin Robertson, decided we can't not have fireworks on the Fourth of July, especially in 2012, our centennial year."

From that indignation came the Kingman Boomers. A nonprofit was formed and soon others hopped on board. Bihuniak gives major credit to two of them: Vice Mayor Janet Watson and Councilwoman Erin Cochran.

"Erin and Janet have been wonderful," he said. "I don't think we could do it without those two. They have been a major force in the group."

In March, the Boomers handed more than $26,000 to the City Council, money that was collected from local businesses and residents and was used to pay for this year's July 4 pyrotechnics.

Last year's inaugural golf tournament featured a little more than 40 golfers, which was considered dismal.

"We're looking for a bigger turnout this year," said Bihuniak. "We're having raffles, 50-50 prizes and closest to the pin prizes."

Pitzer is offering a central air conditioning system to anyone who hits a hole-in-one on a designated par 3 hole.

"That was real nice of Pitzer," said Bihuniak, who noted Saturday is expected to be a scorcher.

"We're starting early so hopefully everybody will be done and inside eating lunch before it heats up," he said.

Major sponsors include Deering Therapy, Martin Swanty Dodge, Chrysler, Jeep and Kia, JM Eagle and Arizona Sign Company. Other companies have sponsored each of the 18 holes.

To sign up, call Cerbat Cliffs golf pro and course manager Levi Pitts at (928) 753-6593.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Tuesday, July 2, 2013
Article comment by: V Stokes

@Lori Nagel...
This money is for next year. This years fireworks have already been contracted.

And I have to say...for the piddly amount of money (in the overall scheme of things I mean) would just get lost in the bureaucracy as a donation of some sort.

Why did you have to bring a political slant to your otherwise heartfelt sounding statement?

Posted: Monday, July 1, 2013
Article comment by: Lori Nagel

I feel the need to comment one this tournament that is getting fireworks for our town. Maybe you should reconsider using that money for the fire fighters who have lost their lives with local fires. We can by pass fireworks this year and have a family fun time at Centennial Park. Celebrate our country's freedom with a community gathering and moment of silence for our fallen comrades. The local school bands could play patriot song, games could be played, prayers said for families that are hurting. Just an "Old time 4th of July" without fireworks that could possible start what is trying to be put out as I type this. Just putting in my 2 cents worth as a member of this community for 20 years. Maybe Mayor Salem might consider this suggestion. Thanks for listening. :GOD BLESS AMERICA (not even our own pres O is here in the states out of the respect for our fallen. I'm speaking for AZ,CO,OK I could go on)

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