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Memorial golf tournament raises funds for North Tahoe sports

Tim Hauserman
Special to the Sun

For over 20 years the first Saturday in June has been time for the Two Bills Golf Tournament at the Tahoe City Golf Course.

With the recent death of longtime Tahoe local Bob Scoville, this year's event on June 6 comes with a name change to the Two Bills and a Bob Memorial Golf Tournament.

The event is the major annual fundraiser for the Tahoe City Recreation Association, which has been providing assistance to Tahoe's youth programs for 50 years.

The tournament began with the death of Bill Conners, who was an active supporter of Tahoe's youth for decades and served on the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District Board.

When life-long Tahoe resident and former Recreation Association President Bill Bechdolt died a few years later, the name was changed to the Two Bills Tournament.

Many members of the Conners and Bechdolt families attend each year, as well as a host of other folks whose families were born in Tahoe or moved to the area in the 1950s and 60s.

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While golfing and prize winning is involved, the real purpose is to have some fun and spend the day socializing with a host of people who have loved both Tahoe and the Tahoe City Golf Course for decades.

Like many Tahoe fundraisers, the Two Bills and a Bob tournament gets a ton of support from local businesses that sponsor tees and provide prizes to the raffle and the tournament winners. Tahoe City Recreation Association Board member Wally Auerbach says, "the same businesses come back year after year to support the tournament."

The Tahoe City Recreation Association is a low-key organization that has quietly supported the youth of Tahoe City since the early 1960s. It came into existence during construction of the Tavern Shores development just across Fanny Bridge from Tahoe City.

The construction eliminated Fletcher Field, a dirt field used by Little Leaguers who sat right on the water's edge. The developers agreed to give $40,000 to a group of Tahoe City Rotarians to build a new Little League field, and the Tahoe City Recreation Association was formed to make it happen.

The TCRA helped to build the ball field at Tahoe Lake School, assisted in the construction of Finley Field in Lake Forest, and also was involved with the construction of the field in Kings Beach.

In recent years the organization has branched out to other activities besides Little League. They have helped high school football programs, Far West skiing, ballet dancers, cross-country skiers and band programs. Every year they hand out a scholarship to a North Tahoe High School graduating senior to help with college.

With the help of many private donations and the proceeds from the Two Bills event, the Tahoe City Recreation Association has handed out over $350,000 over the years to help youth athletic programs in the area, and now has a substantial endowment that will help it continue to be able to help in the future.

Board President Ron McIntyre has been on the board since 1967. He jokes that "I inherited the position of president when Bill Bechdolt died. Who inherited that position when the last president died. I guess it is a lifetime appointment."

McIntyre adds, "We have never wanted to be a well known organization. Just want to take care of the kids. We ask them to go out to everybody else first, and then we cover the shortfall."

In addition to the support it provides to the youth of North Tahoe, for many who have called Tahoe City home for decades the tournament honors the legacy of life at Tahoe and the families who were a part of it.

Bill Bechdolt and Bill Conners, in some ways, are still part of the event, since they lie still along the seventh fairway of the Tahoe City Golf Course in the Trail's End Cemetery.

If you go

To participate in the Two Bills and a Bob Memorial Golf Tournament, become a sponsor or support the Tahoe City Recreation Association, contact The Tahoe City Golf Course at 530-583-1516 or Gail Scoville at 530-583-3486. The event includes a pre-tournament dinner on Friday night, golf, prizes, tee swag, and lunch and dinner on tournament day.