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Clearwater police searching for person who vandalized Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Course

Posted at 4:50 PM, Oct 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-07 17:57:14-04

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Clearwater police said someone intentionally drove onto the Chi Chi Rodriguez Golf Course early Tuesday morning.

Rich Moschili plays the course a couple of times a week and can't understand why someone would want to tear it up.

“I don’t know why they do things like that. It doesn’t even make sense. You’ve got nothing better to do," Moschili said.

From the air, it looks like the vandal did doughnuts on two different fairways. The damage is estimated around $5,000.

“It isn’t the first time it happened, but it’s the worst its been in a while," said Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation Chief Executive Officer James Poulter.

Poulter says this is more than a golf course. The facility also has a school to help struggling students get back on track.

It’s also home to the youth foundation Rodriguez, a hall of fame golfer, helped start.

“Chi Chi came into the area 40 years ago playing in a golf tournament, met a couple guys and started the foundation, so the rest is history. We are lucky to have him as part of the leadership," said Poulter.

The grounds crew already started making repairs so people could play.

They hope to have the course ready for the annual fundraising tournament they’ll host next month.

“Wanted to let people know and come together as a community and hopefully find the people that did it and we’ll move on and fix it," said Poulter.

For more information on the Chi Chi Rodriguez Foundation, go to