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Mif in line for $250,000 improvement grant

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Proponents of a plan to allow a local nonprofit to take over the Mif Albright par-3 golf course said they’re in line for a $250,000 grant to help fix up the course.

Golf Commission president Jane Sullwold told the City Council on Tuesday night that the Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation has said it will commit the money if the City Council approves an agreement with the Alameda Junior Golf Association to lease and operate the course.

“The Golf Commission unanimously urges the City to act on this extremely generous offer at its earliest convenience,” Sullwold said in a statement to the council. She said if the city didn’t act quickly, the money could go to another course in the Bay Area.

The city would be required to commit $100,000 toward the improvements, which Sullwold said could come from the city’s golf enterprise fund, which she said has just under $500,000 in it now. Capital improvements for the course could cost between $400,000 and $600,000, she said.

Sullwold the said the Wadsworth Foundation has partners who can help make the improvements free or at cost, and she said additional fundraising could be done to cover any remaining improvement costs.

“I am very confident that if we were to go out to the golfing public and say we can make this course a real jewel, I think we could get it in a snap,” Sullwold said.

The city has been negotiating with the Junior Golf Association to take over the course, which they had considered closing permanently in order to save money. The association has raised the startup funds it needs to operate the course.

The course was closed in November 2008 but reopened on a trial basis in spring 2009. Kemper Sports, the contractor the city is negotiating with to operate the Chuck Corica Golf Complex on a long-term basis, recommended closing the Mif.

The 13-year-old foundation has contributed more than $4.5 million toward golf programs and projects for both youth and adults. It was created by Brent and Jean Wadsworth, who owned and operated a golf construction company for 40 years.

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