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Team Eugene golfers hold their own Special Olympics event after cancellation of state game

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EUGENE, Ore. -- Last month, the Special Olympics of Oregon announced the 2018 State Games were scrubbed because of a nearly $400,000 deficit.

But golfers with Team Eugene continued practicing anyway, and Saturday, they finally got to show off all their hard work.

The state games would have been held Saturday, but Team Eugene decided they were going to compete no matter what.

Despite the disappointment, the athletes were happy to be out on the green.

"Really swell,” said one golfer, “I'm very excited about this. It's pretty much as much fun as going up to Corvallis."

Although the state games were canceled, 44 athletes from Oregon went to the USA Special Olympics at the beginning of the month.

Saturday's golf outing was held at the RiverRidge Golf Complex in Eugene.

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