A cool, windy April 12 brought out 88 golfers to play in the sixth annual Community Golf Tournament to raise money for the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach-Education Division to fund scholarships for local area high school students who are pursuing additional education. This is is a significant increase over the 20 participants in 2010, the first year for the event.
The guest speaker, Aubrianne Estrada, last year’s recipient, spoke about the importance of the scholarship for her, not only enabling her to pursue higher education but also to be a role model to her younger siblings as well as her family. Aubrianne said that the SaddleBrooke Community Outreach scholarships are very personal and supportive to their students. She is not only attending college but also works 30 hours a week. The flexibility of this scholarship has also enabled her to buy a computer, which is essential in her educational aspirations.
Over $5,000 was raised this year from donations from residents, outside sponsors and the silent auction. Dave Bott and Sam Rossi gratefully spent many hours visiting local businesses to obtain hole sponsors.
Not only did golfers endure a cool and windy day, but also missed the Masters in order to gladly help raise money for the SaddleBrooke Outreach-Education Division. Steve Groth, vice-president, thanked the group for their generosity.
Winners in the main event were 1st place: Mike Oliverio, Donna Oliverio, Doug Rinke, Lee Rinke; 2nd place: Richard Osterlund, Jeanne Osterlund, June Nichols, Dave Bott; 3rd place: John DeYoung, Joyce DeYoung, Greg Byrne, Brenda Armenia
Additional winners: Men’s straightest drive: Chuck Grover; Women’s straightest drive: Jeannie Hansel; Closest to pin no. 12 Men: Sam Rossi; Closest to pin no. 14 Women: Gail McLaughlin; chipping contest men: Chuck Meier; chipping contest Women: (tie) Nancy Galant and Sue Taubitz; putters: most holes-in-one: Sharon Groth; putters: lowest score: Rose White.
Following the event, golfers enjoyed a wonderful cocktail hour, dinner and silent auction. Auction items totaled a resounding $5430. Approximately 40 community members volunteered a significant number of hours to facilitate this successful event.
Thanks to everyone who made this golfing event a success, and we look forward to a bigger and better 2016!