CLEARWATER, Fla. – Clearwater police said someone intentionally drove into the Chi Chi Rodriguez golf course early Tuesday morning.
Rich Moschili plays the course a couple of times a week and can’t understand why anyone would want to tear it up.
“I don’t know why they’re doing this. It doesn’t even make sense. You have nothing better to do,” said Moschili.
From the air it looks like the Vandal made donuts on two different fairways. The damage is estimated at $ 5,000.
“It’s not the first time it has happened, but it’s the worst in a while,” said James Poulter, chief executive officer of the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation.
Poulter says this is more than a golf course. The facility also has a school that helps the difficult students get back on track.
This is also where the Rodriguez Youth Foundation is located, a Hall of Fame golfer who helped out.
“Chi Chi came to the area 40 years ago to take part in a golf tournament, met some people, and started the foundation. The rest is history. We are fortunate to have him as part of the lead, “said Poulter.
The ground team was already starting repairs so people could play.
They hope to have the course ready for the annual fundraising tournament they’ll be hosting next month.
“Wanted to let people know and come together as a community and hopefully find the people who did it and we’ll go ahead and fix it,” Poulter said.
For more information on the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation, visit chichi.org