City Desk

Fun and Games in Denver

DENVER—At a get-together of delegates before leaving for Denver last week, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton remarked that it’s not all fun and games for the D.C. folks, who have to maintain a focus on lobbying for voting rights. “We’re there to work,” she said.

Well, there’s time for a little golf, too.

The picture above is of Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., denizen of Langston Golf Course, arriving at the Crowne Plaza late yesterday after playing in the 6th annual Ronald H. Brown Memorial Golf Tournament, a benefit memorializing the late Democratic bigwig and commerce secretary.

The tournament, held at the Green Valley Ranch Golf Club, about 15 miles east of downtown, attracted VIPs such as National Urban League head Mark H. Morial, Colorado senate President Peter C. Groff, and—drumroll please—former Ward 5 Councilmember Vincent B. Orange.

Thomas said he played at the invitation of Michael A. Brown, Ron Brown’s son who is now a lobbyist running for an at-large council seat in D.C. The format was a modified best-ball, with each foursome sharing the best drive, then proceeding to the pin separately.

How often did legendary linksman Thomas snag the best drive? “About half the time,” he says with no small hint of pride. But it was Orange, he says, who was the big hitter of the outing, smacking a 295-yard drive at one point.

“My best was about 280,” he says. “But I was consistent.”

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