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Golfers tell pleasures of Arlington Hts. Chilly Open

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  • Willie Mills of Roselle, left, along with Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights struggle to get the tee into the frozen ground during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday.

       Willie Mills of Roselle, left, along with Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights struggle to get the tee into the frozen ground during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights struggles to chip out of the frozen snow trap on the 10th hole during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday. Heiber, who has been doing this for eight years, says, "It's fun to say that you golfed last week in a foot of snow."

       Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights struggles to chip out of the frozen snow trap on the 10th hole during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday. Heiber, who has been doing this for eight years, says, "It's fun to say that you golfed last week in a foot of snow."
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Willie Mills of Roselle chips up from the frozen ground on the 10th hole during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday.

       Willie Mills of Roselle chips up from the frozen ground on the 10th hole during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Kurt Johnson of Arlington Heights hits his chip shot up from the snow to the 10th hole as his buddy Burt Wiekert of Kentucky looks on during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday. Johnson says "It's fun -- don't get to golf in January very often."

       Kurt Johnson of Arlington Heights hits his chip shot up from the snow to the 10th hole as his buddy Burt Wiekert of Kentucky looks on during the 2014 Chilly Open at Arlington Lakes Golf Club on Saturday. Johnson says "It's fun -- don't get to golf in January very often."
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

Golfers took on chilly temperatures, and bowls of fresh chili, on Saturday as the Arlington Heights Park District hosted its annual Chilly Open tournament.

The event, a winter tradition held at Arlington Lakes Golf Club, pairs a round of golf with a post-round meal featuring all the hot chili participants can eat.

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John Carroll of Arlington Heights said the reason he comes is to "have good chili and the fellowship of friends."

Willie Mills of Roselle, who was golfing with Harlan Heiber of Arlington Heights, said they wore snowmobile suits to stay warm. With a laugh, he blamed his presence at the event on "peer pressure."

Heiber, who has attended for eight straight years, said he appreciates the chance to talk up the event afterward. "It's fun to say that you golfed last week in a foot of snow."

Another golfer, Jeff Nowak of Glen Ellyn said, he attended because "there is nothing better to do," adding that it also is a way "to avoid chores at the house."

Prizes were awarded to the top players in male, female, and senior divisions.

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