Despite a day that started off cloudy and progressed to a full-on rainstorm with thunder and lightning, 144 players raised $35,000 in support of higher education and cultural enrichment at the sold-out 12th Annual Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic last Sunday, Sept. 11 at Sierra Star Golf Course. The tournament was called mid-way and became a best-of-9 hole competition, but the real winners were Mammoth Lakes Foundation Scholarship students and South Gateway Student Apartment students, some of whom were among the volunteers supporting the event. Highlights of the scramble tournament included an iPad2 raffle, Super Ticket raffle, silent auction, awards party, and closest to the pin prize on all par threes.
“A sincere thank you to Dave Schacht and the staff of Sierra Star Golf Course, as well as Matt Mednick of Hyde Lounge where the after-tournament party retired to dry out,” said Mammoth Lakes Foundation Executive Director Maya Weinhart. “My staff and I also extend a hearty thank you to our sponsors, players, and volunteers for a job well done. This is the first time we’ve been rained out on the history of the tournament and we still had a blast! We are pleased we were able to raise the same amount as last year for higher education and the arts, despite cutting the tournament short, and definitely look forward to next year’s event.”
After retiring to Hyde Lounge, players, volunteers and staff shared refreshments, participated in the Silent Auction, and learned the names of the winners of the tournament, the raffles, and the Par 3 contests. Thanks to the scholarship student team of Maria “Pita” Vasquez and Plake Parker for winning the prize for most-tickets-sold at a par 3 for their work at Hole 14. Kudos also go to the two die-hard foursomes of Dennis Agee, Jimmy Huh, Doug Hanna, and Dion Agee, and Ben Wells, Matt Kendo, Chris Wylie, and Guy Morrow, both of whom stuck it out and completed the entire 18-hole course despite the downpour.
Tournament low score (and repeat winners from last year): Guy Bien, Ian Birrell, Craig Copeland, and Christian Newman representing 80/50
Tournament high score: Pat Koepsell, Pat Sherill, Vivian Kim, and Heidi Vetter
iPad2 raffle: Charlie Comfort
Super Ticket raffle – seven nights at a resort in Indio, Calif.: Pat and Ron Caird
Closest to the pin on Par 3s: Terry Loy, Jerry Bourelle, Pat Caird, and Bob Hulburt (also repeating from last year)
Thank you sponsors
Title Sponsor: Mr. Bob Hart (in memoriam)
Breakfast Sponsor: Southern California Edison
Beverage Sponsor: The Westin Monache Resort
Hole Sponsors: Rogitz Patents, Neil Sherman Industrial Metal Supply, Cecil Spearman and Spearman Clubs Inc.
Hole-in-one Sponsors: KMMT/KRHV, and Eastern Sierra Community Bank
Putting Contest Sponsors: Ron & Shirley Heck
In-kind and Tee Sponsors: A&A Garage, ACI/San Luis Jet Center, Al Norris, Aliso Creek Inn & Golf Course, Alpine Paint, Base Camp Café, Best Western – Mammoth, Bishop Country Club, Black Gold Asphalt, Bluebird Imaging, Boucher’s Home Care, Chuck Villar Construction, Cornucopia Wine Event, CPR Guide Service – Don Meier, Crowley Fish Camp, Crowley Lake General Store, D & J Roofing Inc., Daniel Mitchell, David Baumwohl Law Offices, Dennis and Dottie Hartman, Diversified Mortgage, Doug and Rosie Butler , DB’s Fish On Eastern Sierra Land Trust, Eric Olsen’s Farmer’s Insurance, Evan and Kathie Russell, Flinn Family, Footloose Sports, George Wever , Hair & Now, Hilton Creek Naturals, In Line Chiropractic, Indian Canyon Golf Course, Jack Smith, Janice Brown, Kendra & Jeff Walker, Kevin Biggins , Las Vegas Hilton, Law offices of Michael Bornfeld, Loving Memory Cary Shibley , Mammoth Hospital, Mammoth Lakes Foundation, Mammoth Liquor, Mammoth Luxury Outlets, Mammoth Mountain Vacations, Mammoth Realty Group – Trish Dunlap, Heidi Helbig, Pat Koepell , Mammoth Reservation Bureau, Mammoth RV Park, Mammoth Unified School District, Mary Lynn & Lily Walker, Mogul Restaurant, Mountain Living Interiors & Design, Napa of Mammoth, Neil Sherman, Oram and Kaylor, Paul and Kathleen Rudder, Pete Veris / Titleist, Pita Pit, Robert Beach Insurance, Robin Stater , Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Shibley Family, Shogun Restaurant, Sierra Jewelers, Sierra Paint and Drywall, Sierra Star Golf Course, Snowcreek Golf Course, State Farm Insurance – Linda Wright, Sunrise Rotary, Susan S. Walker, Taz Electric, Thai’d UP!, Todd Porter / Lamar Advertising, Valley Florist, VP Construction, Von’s Supermarket, Wave Rave, Whiskey Creek, Westin Resort & Spa – Whistler, Yamatani Restaurant
Started in 2000, the Mammoth Lakes Foundation Golf Classic has been an integral way for the Foundation and its supporters to raise money for local student scholarships, the operation of South Gateway Student Apartments, and Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre, and planning for a proposed Mammoth Arts and Cultural Center. –Press Release, Mammoth Lakes Foundation
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