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Nearly 100 participants took in a picture perfect January day for the First Annual Jim Shockey/SCI Desert Golf Shootout at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort & Spa in Tucson, Arizona. More than $30,000 net was raised at the SCI Arizona Chapter event for SCI Foundation education programs, including an exhibit at the International Wildlife Museum, Tucson, and to Jim Shockey’s fund that helps take military veterans on hunting trips.

The TN Marketing team of Cal Franklin, Jay McNaughton, Tom Durand and Andrew Brammer finished at 9-under-62 to take first place. Shockey’s team finished 6 strokes off the lead, but Jim has vowed to stack his team with professionals next year.

Special thanks also go out to Jim and Louise Shockey, Gregg Gutschow, Loews’ Brian Johnson, Martin Charlton (both are SCI members), Natalie Marchioni and all of the corporate sponsors including: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, SCI, Leupold, TN Marketing, StealthCam/GSM, Outdoor Channel, SHE Safari and NRA. Donating food for the event was Sysco, and Redwood Creek Wines of California donated the wine for the Wine and Cheese with Louise Shockey social.

Those donating to the silent auction included: Thompson/Center Arms, Alpine Archery, Primos/Double Bull Blinds, Caldwell Shooting Supplies, Black’s Creek Guide Gear, Sportsman’s Warehouse, ScentBlocker, Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, and National Wild Turkey Federation.

The dates for the early February 2010 event will be released soon. If you are interested in golfing, donating or sponsoring, please send an email to mlabarbera@safariclub.org with the Subject: “Send Shockey golf details when available.”