The Eli Sports Network recently announced the launching of a new foundation called the “Soanka Fund” where we will be raising dollars that will be distributed to schools through their Athletic Directors to help pay for the basic costs for kids to simply turn out and play. We are working on the legal details to create the new foundation and we hope to have the initial dollars available for the 2017-18 school year. golf-penguin

This isn’t stopping us from getting the fundraising started and we have a big rule when it comes to fundraising for the Soanka Fund and that is fun has to be included. Thanks to Tumwater Valley Golf Course we are going to host our 1st Winter Golf Scramble Soanka Championship on Sunday, January 29th. This will be the 1st weekend without football as the Super Bowl will be the following week. (We don’t count the Pro-Bowl as real football.)

The tournament is a standard golf scramble with teams of 4, each golfer must use 3 drives. Everyone hits a shot and you choose the best shot and all 4 of you hit from the same spot. We will have prizes for at least the top 3 teams, more depending on the number of teams we get to participate. It is by tee-off time which begin at 9:30am. The cost is more than reasonable of $35 per person which gets you 18-holes and 2 power carts per team. Food and Beverage you will be on your own. We will also have 2 KP’s and 2 Long Drives with a 50/50 cash prize.

We have room for 19 teams only, if you would like to play a little winter golf at Tumwater Valley and help get the Soanka Fund rolling we’d love to have you join. We will collect your fee at the course on the morning of the tournament but you need to reserve your spot and tee-off time.

Contact information to reserve your spot:

Call or text Paul Beattie at 360-269-4457 or e-mail: paulbelisportsnetwork@gmail.com
















The Soanka Fund is named after ESN’s longtime Vancouver based announcer Ron Soanka. Ron is currently battling multiple cancer’s and is focused on getting healthy.


Ron’s passion for kids and High School sports made naming this fund easy and hits Ron to his core because its about helping kids simply participate. ESN is proud to have Ron as part of our team and we couldn’t think of anyone more fitting than Ron Soanka as the face and name of this foundation.




Scramble Format

1.     Each player must use 3 drives.

2.     There will be 2 Closest to the Pin and Long Drive holes. Cost is an extra $10 for all 4 with 50/50 cash split.

3.     Top 5 teams guaranteed prizes in the form of gift certificates.

4.     Winning team wins the “Soanka Cup”

5.     Tournament is by tee time with the 1st team teeing off at 9:30am.

6.     Tournament limited to 19 teams.



Date: Sunday, January 29th

Location: Tumwater Valley Golf Course

Cost: $35 each (4-person teams includes 18-holes and 2 carts per team.)


Reserve your team today, pay on the day of the Tournament.

Call Paul: 360-269-4457

E-Mail: paulbelisportsnetwork@gmail.com

Ron & Kathy Soanka


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