Great causes, great weather, and a great time!
Almost 90 golfers played in ideal weather conditions in the 19th annual Hope for Haiti golf tournament Saturday afternoon at River Valley Golf and Country Club.
It was again a nine-hole, four-person scramble format.
The bulk of this year’s proceeds raised will go towards the building of a high school for 250 students in St. Marc, Haiti.
The Hope for Haiti group has also committed $1,000 (American) a month for five years to help pay nurses’ salaries at a Haitian hospital that local volunteers built several years ago in Gilbert, Haiti. It will also pay for drugs at the hospital.
As well, four health-care professionals have been hired to help care for as many as 16,000 people in Gilbert, which is located up in the mountains.
Long-time Haiti volunteer Murray Mitchell conducted the fundraising auction following Saturday’s golf tournament and delicious steak dinner.
Many items auctioned off
Items auctioned off included: pies, loaves of bread and bread sticks, cinnamon buns, flowers, a bird house, a gift basket, golf passes from St. Marys G&CC, a $125 gift card from Klomp’s Nursery, a $100 gift certificate from River Valley G&CC, a golf bag/cart, a flower and window box, a garden bench, and lots of golf balls.
In the golf tournament, there were prizes for both the front and back nine winners.
The foursome of Paul Steinhoff, Rudy Frommhold, Jack Chivers and Gary Nelles had the best score on the front nine. They combined for a five-under-par 27.
Two are London residents, one is from Tillsonburg and the other from Straffordville.
Best score on the back nine belonged to the team of Rob and Sharon Staffen, Sue Marcaccio and Pat Payton. Riding Marcaccio’s hot putter, they finished with a three-under-par 30.
There were also several individual prizes awarded.
Closest-to-the-rope were: Janice Miller and Dan Steely.
Closest-to-the-pin were: Joanne Pickering, Perry Triemstra, Pat Payton and Kristin DeBrabandere.
Deb Munro owned the winning ticket in the putting contest draw, and won a Cleveland putter.
•Rob Staffen won a prize worth $100 and donated it back to the Hope for Haiti group.
•Ron Hunter won an oil change at Downtown Pontiac.
•Laurel Steinhoff again donated all the pies for Saturday’s dinner and auction.
•The River Valley staff was thanked for again being gracious hosts of the annual Hope for Haiti fundraiser.