Genetti Hotel to hold third annual Indoor Golf Classic
Year after year, participants return to the Genetti Hotel, 200 W. Fourth St., for the opportunity to golf in a hotel and for the chance to give back to the local Rotary Club No. 5331.
The Genetti Hotel will host their third annual Indoor Golf Classic from 4-10 p.m. Friday.
This year’s timely theme will be Groundhog Day, as it falls on Punxsutawney Phil’s favorite day of the year. While there’s only a chance Phil sees his shadow in Punxsutawney, the Indoor Golf Classic is guaranteed to be a night filled with fun, challenging golf courses and the chance to win the basket auction or the $500 Hole-in-One Guaranteed Giveaway.
The Indoor Golf Classic supports the local Rotary Club No. 5331 and part of the proceeds benefit the Interact Club and community projects, Marc Schefsky, general manager at the Genetti Hotel and first vice president of the Rotary Club No. 5331, said.
“The Interact Club is a club at the high schools where there is a Rotary Club,” said Schefsky. “It raises public awareness of the local Rotary Club and gives us a chance to raise money to put back into the community.”
The Williamsport Rotary Club, No. 5331, was chartered in 1915 and was the 173rd club in the world. Club No. 5331 currently has 48 members, according to the Rotary Club’s website, http://www.williamsportrotary.com/about-club-5331/. The Rotary Club values “service above self” and actively works on fundraising projects for many organizations.
The Indoor Golf Classic has challenging and fun holes winding throughout the Genetti, sometimes having participants putting their way through elevator rides and stairwells. The sponsors and Interact Club designed the courses; one never knows what excitement will be at each tee.
“The Rotary Club needed a fundraiser that brought more attention to the Club, as well as a good annual fundraiser,” said Schefsky. “I had thought about having an indoor putt-putt course that ran throughout the hotel just for fun on many occasions.”
In past years, on average, there are around 100 guests that come. “Our sponsorships have been strong, the turnout has been a little below par (pun intended),” Schefsky said.
The event is, and has been, planned and prepared with the help and dedication of members in the Rotary Club. “This year, we have recruited the help of our junior club Rotary Interact at the Loyalsock High School, and are hoping that will help draw more participants,” Schefsky said.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, there will be dinner available for buy in the Genetti Taphouse, 200 W. Fourth St.
Putters and golf balls will be provided at the event. Large groups may attend. There will be a reduced fee for children and no tee times are required.
With snow, ice and cold weather, it can be a difficult to find family-friendly activities to leave the house for and this is “a fun event to participate in during the heart of the winter season to help wash the winter blues away,” Schefsky said.