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Junior Golf Club vows to run Mif

Submitted by on 1, February 1, 2010 – 5:50 amNo Comment

The Alameda Junior Golf Club’s board of directors has decided they’re willing to serve as the Mif Albright golf course’s nonprofit operator, the club announced Sunday.

The club will ask the city for a $1-a-year lease for the nine-hole course and is preparing plans to raise cash and to operate the course, its leaders said in a press release.

“The Mif Albright Golf Course is an integral part of our junior program and we cannot let it close,” Alameda Junior Golf President Norma Arnerich was quoted as saying in the release.

The City Council had been asked to consider closing the course on January 6 but decided to hold off after dozens of youth and senior golfers spoke out in favor of keeping the course. The council decided to wait until a permanent operator for the course is selected before making a decision, and Vice Mayor Doug deHaan also asked that the community be allowed the chance to explore alternatives, including setting up a nonprofit to run the course.

Interim City Manager Ann Marie Gallant recently released budget and play figures which showed steep drops in play at the Mif Albright course in recent years. The course was closed in November 2008 to save money but reopened last spring.

Alameda Junior Golf has been incorporated as a nonprofit since 1991. It offers instruction, tournament play and college scholarships to youth, and it has brokered a deal with the Northern California Golf Association to provide discounted play for youth.

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