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Maris Golf Tournament returns to Edgewood

FARGO - After a one-year hiatus, the 25th annual Roger Maris Golf Tournament will return to Edgewood Golf Course.

Roger Gress, executive director of the Fargo Park District, is excited for the homecoming after the tournament was moved to Rose Creek Golf Course last year because of flooding.

"Edgewood has always been the home of the tournament, and I think everyone is more comfortable when it is here," Gress said. "We're just happy to have the tournament back at Edgewood."

The tournament, which benefits Hospice of the Red River Valley, Fargo Shanley High School and the MeritCare Roger Maris Cancer Center, will take place Sunday and Monday.

Tournament organizers said nearly 500 golfers have registered for the sold out tournament.

Other tournament highlights include a charity auction scheduled for 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fargo Holiday Inn and a banquet featuring Bob Costas at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn.

In addition to Costas, celebrities scheduled to participate in the golf tournament include Bernie Allen, Mike Barge, Johnny Blanchard, Brooks Bollinger, Paul Borghese, Lou Cordileone, Phil Hansen, Whitey Herzog, Dick Jonckowski, Rheba Mabie, Daniel Lee Martin, Barry Pepper, Rich Rollins, Ken Sanders, Roy Sievers, Andy Strasberg, Tom Tresh, Woody Woodbury and Larry Ziegler.

"Bob Costas is certainly the biggest name we have coming, but we're always happy to have our regular group of celebrities back," said second-year tournament chairman Roger Fenstad. "They like Fargo, and we like them."

The charity auction, which helped raise a record $100,000 for tournament beneficiaries last year, will feature a variety of items, highlighted by three autographed Roger Maris items.

The Maris items include a team-autographed 1958 Kansas City Athletics photo, an autographed baseball card and an autographed Eastern Airlines luggage tag.

Other marquee items include an autographed Bon Jovi guitar, a five-day elk-hunting trip and a Metrodome suite for a Minnesota Twins game.

Auction director Jerry Rostad said he is anticipating a strong auction.

"I think we have a lot of good items this year," Rostad said. "I can't recall in my 15 years as auction director that we have had three Roger Maris autographed items in the same auction."

Meanwhile, Gress and the rest of the organizers will be busy putting the final touches for the event.

"This stands to be a banner year for the tournament," Gress said. "It's a big thing for the Park District and goes to benefit great causes."