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7:21 AM, Jan 31, 2010   |    comments
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The only problem was in January, Walden is a frozen winter wonderland.

"Winter in Walden typically we have quite a bit of snow and it's usually 20 to 30 below zero," Walden resident Jerry Bailey said.

So to get around the problem of the weather, Ron Sessions, one of the Lions Club members, offered to use a plow to make a golf course on Walden Reservoir. The Frosty Pines Golf Tournament was born.

In those early years they only made a nine-hole course on the lake. Sinking a coffee can in the ice for a cup and using tennis balls in place of golf balls. The only hard and fast rules to ice golf are you can only carry three golf clubs, hockey sticks have been banned and there is a no whining rule.

The first year they had 14 threesomes enter the tournament. The entrants were all locals.

"This thing has gotten bigger and bigger and bigger and bigger," tournament organizer Jim Dustin said.

This year, more than 70 threesomes entered the tournament, so many they had to expand the course to 36 holes to accommodate everyone.

They even had people travel from as far away as Nebraska and Louisiana to play in this year's event.

The name of the tournament has also been changed. Several years ago Ron Sessions, the man who helped create the tournament passed away. It is now named in his honor.

The money raised by the event is used by the Lions to help with local community projects.  

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