Once a year, in the light of the full moon, a challenge awaits all who dare to pursue it: Werewolf Golf, so named by the Upper Township Rescue Squad.

The rescue squad is holding its annual Werewolf Golf fundraiser Oct. 11 at the Heritage Links Golf Course in Seaville.

"I think the concept was originally doing it during a full moon," said Donna Haugen, an event organizer. "But it's funny because a lot of the golfers said it was too bright and they couldn't see the glow-in-the-dark balls."

Fortunately for the Rescue Squad, their event falls on an evening with a waxing crescent moon, so golfers should have no problems seeing their golf balls, or any werewolves, on the night of the fundraiser.

Werewolf Golf is an annual outing that Haugen, an Upper Township resident, said probably started more than 13 years ago, which is when she first started at the rescue squad. All proceeds from the event benefit the rescue squad and this year, the squad is raising money for general equipment including payments toward a new ambulance.

Haugen said there will be a pre-tee barbecue with hamburgers, hot dogs and homemade desserts. The golfers will tee off when the waxing crescent moon starts to rise.

"It's just a fun night. The golfers tee off at dusk, and the course is lit with glow sticks and they use glow-in-the-dark balls. There are also tiki torches around," she said.

Mellissa Linz, of Upper Township, said she helped to put the event together this year, and the fundraiser has traditionally been a community crowd-pleaser.

"It's pretty popular with the public as well as with the rescue squad," Linz said. "They do seem to really enjoy it. We have a lot of repeat players; people even call us to ask us when we're having it."

Space to play is limited, and teams can have as many as eight people. The outing will follow "best ball" rules. That means each player hits his or her own ball at each hole. At the end of each hole, the lowest score or "best ball" is used toward the team score.

The event is an outing, not a tournament, so prizes will not be given for winning teams.

"It's a lot of fun, it gives you a little challenge, and a lot of people who aren't good golfers anyway like to do this because it doesn't really matter," Haugen said.

Space is limited. Tickets are $50 per person. For more information or to register for Werewolf Golf, call 609-628-2476.

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