The Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization (ECCHO) is having the Paul DeLaurentis Memorial Golf Tournament at Saint Marks Golf Club, San Marcos on Sunday, March 19. Registration begins at 7 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8 a.m.
This golf tournament is to honor Paul DeLaurentis, an original director and founder of ECCHO. ECCHO President Mike Slater told the Times-Advocate: “Paul was a tireless supporter of ECCHO and his involvement with the organization is greatly missed. He was an expert with the layout of golf courses and how to preserve and maintain the open space of grass and other greenery. We lost Paul to cancer in 2015.”
DeLaurentis lived on the golf course and while undergoing chemotherapy he had to move from his residence because the owner of the property dumped four tons of chicken manure on the golf course. The stench and fumes were so bad his doctors insisted he leave his home until the fumes subsided.
This tournament raises funds for ECCHO, which is a not-for-profit organization. ECCHO has used donations and funds from the community to fight for the Citizen’s Property Rights (CPR) initiative, which was unanimously passed by the City Council in 2013, and to defeat the owner’s “Proposition H” in the November, 2014 election.
Slater said, “ECCHO also requires funds to continue the challenge of opposing the massive housing project proposed by the developer/owner. We face many months, perhaps years, of participating in the city’s planning review process, which includes meetings to define the study of the project, the scope and sufficiency of the environmental impact report (EIR) and public hearings before the Planning Commission and City Council.”