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FOR A CAUSE FOR A CAUSE Who will get the bigger half of the Wishbone? Left to right – Partners Dean Wilson and Xander Schauffele vs Chris Riley and Charley Hoffman VINTAGE CLUBS, TOUR PROS, AND RAISING $20,000 FOR MEDICAL RESEARCH MAKE FOR A GREAT DAY AT THE GOAT By Tristan O'Shea O n an idyllic Saturday morning after Thanksgiving, as the sun made its way through the towering trees of Goat Hill Park in Oceanside, Calif., the inaugural Wishbone Brawl came and went like a rogue wave – appearing sud- denly and impacting with tremendous force. This modern match involving current tour players using vintage clubs to play a mini municipal in the spirit of a meaningful cause hit with so much force, it left everyone involved feeling as though there isn't just hope for the game of golf, there's hope for mankind. "It has already exceeded my expectations," says Dean Wilson, the former tour pro and two-time Goat Hill Park club champion, as he watched the caravan of gallery mem- bers park their cars and scamper toward the practice area. "They're filing in at 8:30 a.m. for an 11 a.m. tee time. It doesn't get much better than this." But it did. And getting back to the "rogue-ness" of this particular wave, the Wishbone Brawl was a rarity because hundreds of people no longer get to see four relevant tour pros wearing shorts and flip-flops while playing persimmon woods, void of grandstands, ropes and "Quiet!" signs. It was unpredictable and appeared suddenly because the idea only had a month to marinate. On a mid-October after- noon, Wilson pitched his friend John Ashworth on the idea of "an event" involving tour players on Thanksgiving week- end at Goat Hill Park. "I was all in," says Ashworth, "but to be honest, when Dean said that, I didn't think the idea was going any- PHOTO GEOFF CUNNINGHAM 18 JAN/FEB 2018 / W I S H B O N E B R A W L C H A R I T Y E V E N T /

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