Ladies Golf Association holds tournament for ovarian cancer research

By Duncan Nixon

The Lake Monticello Ladies Golf Association (LMLGA) held a Golf for Life tournament at the Lake Monticello golf course on Tuesday, Aug. 31. The tournament was in memory of golfers Gunilla Moore, Cheryl Barresi, Kathryn Hunter and Joanne Harris, all of whom died from ovarian cancer.

All proceeds from the entry fees, the raffle, individual and corporate contributions, and hole sponsorships went to the Marty Whitlow Ovarian Cancer Research Fund at the University of Virginia Cancer Center. Over 20 prizes were raffled off at the luncheon, including a number of gift certificates, several hand-made quilts, a putter and a number of boxes of golf balls. Approximately $9,000 was collected, with funds still coming in. Helen Gromm and Lorraine Bergstresser were the co-chairs of the event.

Forty-nine golfers participated in the tournament with 10 teams of four and three teams of three. The format was a shotgun start, playing traditional captain’s choice rules, no mulligans, and no  strings or tosses. The teams, consisting of three women, had each player take an extra shot on six of the 18-holes, so three women and four women teams each took four first shots and second shots etc. on each hole until the ball was holed. All teams played from the newly established forward green tees.

The winning team of Sue Cook, Karen Christofferson and Sara Johnson shot a very impressive 63. In second place, with a score of 69 was the team of Debbie Beach, Chris Hoogmoed, Helen Gromm and Joyce Blanton. Four teams tied for third place with 74. These teams consisted of: Judy Kordella, Audi Kuhn, and Linda Mullin; Donna Dinora, Barbara Barringer, Deborah Nixon and Julie Dwyer; Debbie Burke, Robin Kambourian, Charlene French and Linda Oukrup; and Marilyn Payne, Susan Deal , and Carolyn Zadoyko.

The event was a major fund-raising success as individual and corporate contributions were solicited at three levels. The eagle level was for contributions of $500 or more. The birdie level was for contributions from $250 to $499 and the par level was for contributions of $100 to $249. There were six eagle level contributions and eight birdie level contributions. Many of the women participating wore teal-colored tops as that is the color associated with ovarian cancer research.

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