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Playing For Fundsies welcomes a crowd

| August 3, 2007 12:00 AM

The field was full for the 16th Annual St. John's Lutheran Hospital Foundation's Playing For Fundsies Golf Tournament on Saturday, July 28, raising a record $23,000 for Digital Mammography.

"Each year this tournament gains popularity at Cabinet View Country Club," commented Gene Chappell, president of the Foundation, in a press release. "We are so fortunate to have the support that we do for this tournament. This year was nostalgic, as we played the very last nine-hole tournament on what will now be recognized as the 'old nine' at Cabinet View Country Club. The hospital supporters that were there got to witness this historic event."

Chappell plays roles on both the hospital and golf course boards and recognized those board members for their contributions to the community.

"It is important to note that two volunteer boards could have such an impact on our communities," noted Chappell. "One board raised over $1,000,000 in endowment funds to keep quality healthcare here locally and the other added an 18-hole golf course to the list of attractions to our area, and all in under four years. That type of tenacity, backed by community support, is what will change the economic climate in our area."

Tournament winners were Jack and Lois Flasche, Marvin Mackey and Phyll Minde and Iris

Remp with 18 net; taking second by a putt-off was Shan and Barb Bush and Kathy and Jack Girnus. Jack Girnus was the putt-off victor who secured their second place spot. Third place went to Donna Havens, Anna Gutherie and Roger and Sandy Willis.

Other winners at the event where Tony Rebo men's long drive; Joan Spencer, women's long drive; Marvin Mackey men's long putt and Mary Lee Oliverson women's long putt. Bob Sanders and Sharon Michaels took home men's and women's closest to the pin.

Faye Schoknecht, Dr. Tom Fennessy, and Paula and Robert Sandman donned their matching patriotic attire and personalized bandanas and walked away with the coveted "best dressed /most interesting attire" award. The tournament favorite, Bob Hensler, won the individual best-dressed award for his "golf-bobbing hat" and matching attire.

"The enthusiasm of the players at Fundsies never ceases to amaze me," added Chappell. "These folks aren't in this tournament for the prizes because they understand that it's fundraiser. They're here to support the hospital and have some fun. We're looking forward to entertaining them again next year and taking this tournament to 18-holes."