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Olie and Stu's Desert Bash enters its twelfth year

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Sunday and Monday former NHL great Olaf Kolzig and Tri-City Americans owner Stu Barnes host Olie and Stu's Desert Bash charity golf tournament.

The event, now in its twelfth year, raises money for the Carson Kolzig foundation. Carson is Kolzag's son who was diagnosed with autism when he was 15 months old. The event has raised more than $1.2 million through auctions, sponsor fees and raffles.

"To see the people come out to the center and to see their kids get all the services and see the smiles on the parents faces and to hear some of the comments from them and how grateful they are, that just says it right there," Kolzag said.

"We started the tournament originally to give to all facets of the community and then obviously when Olie and Christin we all found out that Carson was autistic we redirected the tournament in that direction and I think it's been a wonderful experience. I think you've seen some wonderful things take place in the Tri-City area for all the families and children in need," Barnes added.

Monday's Second round tees off at noon. In addition to Kolzig and Barnes, current Montreal Canadiens Goaltender and former Am Carey Price is hitting the links.