GU golfer prepares for Down Under competition

Nathan Gehley

JOHN DAY – Grant Union junior Nathan Gehley is preparing for a big golfing trip this July, to the land Down Under.

He received a certificate last December to participate in a nine-day trip to the Down Under Sports International Games on the Gold Coast of Australia, where he will compete on the Oregon State Golf Team.

Nathan is the son of David and Krista Gehley.

“This will be my first time out of the country,” Nathan said. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity – traveling and competing on the other side of the world is an adventure I can’t pass up.”

He added, “I’m up for the challenge of being the first golfer to represent Grant County with Down Under Sports in Australia.”

Gehley said he expects to go up against strong players from several countries; 66 golfers will attend from the United States.

The trip includes three rounds of 18 holes of golf; one is a practice day, another is an All-American Tournament, and the finale will be the International Tournament.

The team also will do some sight-seeing in Brisbane and at the Great Barrier Reef.

To help him raise money for the trip, the John Day Golf Club is hosting “Nathan Gehley’s Down Under Golf Scramble” on Sunday, April 26.

The event, which is Gehley’s main fundraiser, includes a free hamburger feed with salads after the golfing. There will be a dessert auction, and an auction of items including firewood, a flat-screen TV and more.

Individuals and teams of four can sign up for the scramble.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the first tee-off is at 9 a.m.

Entry fees are $40 for individuals and $150 for teams of four, including green fees and carts.

Gehley started golfing with his grandfather, joined the Grant Union varsity team when he was a freshman, and has continued with the team since then.

Grant Union golf coach Ron Lundbom said it’s an honor to be selected for the Down Under Sports event.

“He’s very deserving and works hard – he has continued on where he left off last year,” Lundbom said.

Gehley said he enjoys golf as a fun sport that’s more relaxing than most, and he appreciates Lundbom for helping him improve his skills.

“I would not be near as good as I am without his coaching,” he said.

Gehley added, “I look forward to seeing a lot of people at the scramble, or for the dinner afterwards … I appreciate anyone who wants to be involved or has been involved or donated.”

For more information, call Krista Gehley at 541-620-1566, or to obtain a scramble entry form by email, contact her at nateGSDU@gmail.com.

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