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Snow golf raises funds for scholarships

By Shannon Ballard 9:21 PM February 28, 2014

Enough money was raised to send 12 students to college full time.

ANCHORAGE - Golf isn’t typically thought of as a winter sport. In Alaska, however, a little snow and ice won’t keep people from the game.

University Lake Park transformed into an 11-hole wintry course Friday.

It’s one-of-a-kind and created for the Aqqaluk Trust’s annual Uuttukuu Snow Golf Challenge.

The goal is to raise money for scholarships and cultural programs.

Twenty-two teams were swinging to win, but first they had to make it through challenges that focus on Inupiaq traditions.

“We wanted to show them today what they contribute to — the further education, the preservation of our culture and language. We want them to have fun doing what they enjoy, golfing,” said Dood Lincoln-Carr, with the Aqqaluk Trust.

About $26,000 was raised at the event.

The trust says that’s enough to send 12 students to college full time.

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