(AP) – Ray Richards Golf Course looks like it does every year at this time – snowy. But for the first time in 47-years, it wont be opening in the spring, and some community members arent happy about it. I think theres a lot of disappointment. A lot of good memories, and people feel like its a shame that that green space is going away, said Brian Leach, an employee at the Golf Center store in Grand Forks. Thats why golfers are putting up a fight despite the University of North Dakotas decision to close the nine-hole, par 36 course because of budget cuts, WDAZ-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2imhdVB). http://madeveoon.journalnewsnet.com/nike-has-contracted-a-number-of-professional-and-celebrity-athletes-which-have-managed-to-draw-a-considerable-attention-to-their-products-2Petitions are being signed at businesses across Grand Forks, and Leach is encouraged by each signature. http://www.blueridgefilmfest.com/logandixonnetwork/2017/01/01/locating-solutions-for-application-form-for-nhsWeve had a couple hundred people come in just to sign the petition, he said. Dean Kirkeby, one of the petitions creators, said hes fighting to save one of the things that helps senior citizens like him stay active and healthy. The contribution to longevity in life is recreation, and this is the ideal place to be if you want to play a sport and stay active, Kirkeby said. Kirkeby said this course is part of the citys history. Its named for the late Ray Richards, a Tulsa, Oklahoma, engineer and 1906 UND alum who donated the land to UND, according to the courses website.
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