AREA SPORTS BRIEFS: Free kids golf clinic in Port Townsend

PORT TOWNSEND — The Port Townsend Golf Park is offering a free youth golf clinic today and Thursday as a spring break activity.

The clinic will run from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. for kids age 5 to 16. The golf park will provide the clubs and balls.

For more information and to register, people can call 360-385-4547.

NW Cup returns

PORT ANGELES — Look for lots of mountain bikes in town this weekend as the seven-race Northwest Cup Series of downhill mountain biking returns to Dry Hill west of Port Angeles from April 12-14 for its 17th year.

The Dry Hill Bike Park races are a series of downhill races for novices, intermediate riders, experts and professionals with the top riders going on April 14.

Dry Hill is hosting three events this season with the downhill races returning on May 17-19. The NW Cup championships will be held in Port Angeles Sept. 6-8.

There will also be races at the Tamarack Bike Park in Tamarack, Idaho on June 21-23, Whitefish Bike Park in Whitefish, Mont. on June 28-30, Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho on Aug. 2-4 and a site still to be determined Aug. 9-11.

Dozens of local riders compete in the races, as well as hundreds of mountain bikers from all around the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Volunteer ceremony

PORT ANGELES — The City of Port Angeles will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly improved Volunteer Field from noon to 12:30 p.m. Friday.

The field has been updated with a synthetic turf infield, providing a durable and weather-resistant playing surface for youth baseball and softball, allowing games to be played even in heavy rainfall. The Port Angeles varsity team has already played two games in the rain at Volunteer that otherwise might have had to have been postponed.

The ceremony will take place between a pair of games between the Port Angeles junior varsity and varsity teams and Klahowya. As part of the event, Eric Flodstrom, a community partner whose support was instrumental in this project, will have the honor of throwing the first pitch to his son Luke Flodstrom, a catcher on the varsity team.

“This project is another great example of the positive impact that public-private partnerships can have on our community, especially our youth. It would not have been possible without the combined efforts of community leaders like Eric Flodstrom, and city parks manager Tim Tucker,” says Parks and Recreation Director Corey Delikat. “We look forward to seeing our kids out there enjoying the field and playing ball.”

The project received $180,000 in donated funds, labor and equipment. Additional funding sources included $50,000 from City Real Estate Excise Tax, $60,000 from city lodging tax, $60,000 from Clallam County lodging tax, and a $350,000 youth athletic facilities grant from the Washington Recreation and Conservation Office. The total cost of the project was $700,000.

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