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Charity Golf Event by Cop Crime Lab Includes "DUI Goggle Putting;" Benefits Blind Kids, Seniors and Horses

We've heard of night putting with the daughter of the dean, but "DUI goggle putting" is a new one. Seems like cops really know how to have a good time when not in uniform.

The gimmicky golf hole is actually "everybody's favorite" during the annual Phoenix Police Crime Lab charity golf tournament on Saturday, says the lab's Erin Hurley. The goggles are typically used in demonstrations by police about the dangers of drunk driving.

"They simulate a .15 alcohol reading," says Hurley. That's the state limit for extreme DUI. "It's not what your eyes would see but how your brain reacts to it."

Golfers must walk with the goggles on before putting. "It's really hard," she adds.

That's probably true. But a real .15 blood-alcohol reading -- that actually improves our game sometimes.

Other specialty holes (without the goggles) include "Closest to the Crime Scene" and "Walk a Straight Line Drive."

About 144 people are playing the tournament at the Legacy Golf Course in Phoenix, near South Mountain, with roughly half being cops and the other half business-types, Hurley says.

The money raised will go toward:


*Hospice of the Valley *Foundation for Blind Children *Equine Eden Rescue Center *Four local senior centers

The event is already booked up this year, but you can always simulate the simulation at your local golf course by making good use of the beer cart.

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Ray Stern has worked as a newspaper reporter in Arizona for more than two decades. He's won numerous awards for his reporting, including the Arizona Press Club's Don Bolles Award for Investigative Journalism.