Rotary Club to host 3rd annual indoor golf tournament

Pictured Jessica Wheeland, owner of First ice and Home Service Beverage, who sponsors two holes at the Indoor Golf Event, sponsored by the Williamsport Rotary Club.

Rain or shine, the third annual indoor golf tournament hosted by the Williamsport  Rotary Club will take place 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday at the Genetti Hotel and Suites, 220 W. Fourth St.

Set up to be a golf course that flows throughout the hotel, each hole is sponsored by a local business. But these holes are not just plain golf course look-a-likes — each one is decorated any way the sponsor would like it to look, whether it’s a theme or representing the type of business.

Genetti general manager Marc Schefskyand Rotary Club member said he had the idea to start the indoor golf event. “I had thought about an indoor golf event over the years and had always thought it would be fun to have a little golf course making its way through the hotel.”

When the Williamsport Rotary Club was looking for different ideas to raise funds to support the community, Schefsky knew this would be a perfect fit.

“It has been fun coming up with the holes and getting our sponsors involved in designing them,” Schefsky said. “This year the theme will revolve around the Superbowl, so we are encouraging our sponsors to come up with football related props and obstacles.”

Schefsky explained at one particular hole sponsored by McCormick law firm, it goes down three flights of stairs with cameras hooked up so you can see exactly where your ball lands. There also is a $500 giveaway raffle for that hole, and if you make a hole-in-one you are entered into the raffle, if you make it in the correct hole. “There are several holes for the ball to go into once it gets to the green and it has to go into the correct hole to qualify,” he said.

The unique and creative ways the sponsors decorate the holes have been interesting over the years. Schefsky said Wascher Chiropractic uses a fake skeleton and other chiropractic devices to decorate their hole.

“We are still looking for sponsors for the golf course. Our goal is to eventually get to a full 18 holes. We are currently at 15,” Schefsky said. “It’s unique in that way since most sponsorships in traditional golf outings usually only include a small sign at the t-box.”

Last year, the raised nearly $10,000 to benefit local organizations.

There will also be basket raffles, as well as a chance to win an a signed Antonio Brown Steelers jersey with a certificate of authenticity.

There is no registration for the event. “Just show up and play!”