Olton Comes Together to Clean up After Thunderstorm - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/20/03

Olton Comes Together to Clean up After Thunderstorm

You won't be seeing anyone teeing off in Olton on Saturday, unless, the community can clear off the greens. "This is what happened about 1:30 (Friday) morning," says Mary Ann Jimenez.

Jimenez manages the Pro Shop at the Olton Country Club. What used to be 9 holes of inviting fairways and lush greens is now 9 holes of a golfers' nightmare after intense storms ripped through the golf course early Friday morning. "We're thinking a tornado blew through here, because of the fact, we have some trees that have been uprooted, some windows busted out of the building," says Jimenez. "We just can't figure out what it is." but whatever it was damaged more than 200 trees.

Now the whole city has come together to clean up the mess. Gathering broken limbs, and mending shattered windows at the club house. "I've got some employees from the city and some of are members who just came out here," says Jimenez.

Two gentlemen even tried to free a hawk tangled in some branches. But the frightened hawk would rather be left alone in all the ruckus. Something Mary Ann calls family clean up day at the golf course. "My nieces my nephews my children my relatives just everyone from the community all kinda pulled together to help us," says Jimenez.

We called Jimenez on Friday afternoon and she says the clean up is going well and the tournament will go on. There are expected to have 40 teams tee off in the morning.

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