Annual golf tournament raises over $12K for UCLC
About 112 golfers split into teams of four to enjoy a day golfing in the United Churches 9th Annual Golf Tournament held at White Deer Golf Complex on Sept. 27, said the Rev. Gwen Bernstine, executive director of United Church Lycoming County.
Each golfer received a round of golf, a gift — this year, a duffle bag, breakfast goodies, snacks, grilled hot dogs and beverages throughout, and a light lunch at the end of the day. Sponsors made sure participating golfers were well taken care of all day long, Bernstine said.
There were 15 major sponsors who donated between $200 and $1,000. Thirty one-hole sponsors donated $100 and another 20 donated other gift items or food for the day, with values this year between $70 and $400. Twenty-four area restaurants provided gift cards that were used to make three gift baskets.
Golfers voiced their awe with the overwhelming support offered by the community, Bernstine said.
Tournament winners were in two categories this year.
Flight two — Coming in second place was a team from First Church of Christ Disciples, Williamsport, which included Dan Aichner, Diane Pysher, Jake Pysher and Todd Pysher. Coming in first place was a team from Messiah Lutheran Church, South Williamsport, which included Ed Feinberg, Barry Grove, Mike Larson and Paul Ulrich.
Flight One — Coming in second place was a team from Muncy Baptist Church, which included Dave Dunmire, Matt Dunmire, Bob Rice and Bill Yeagle. Coming in first place was a team from St. John’s-Newberry United Methodist Church, Williamsport, which included Dan Brown, Keith Harvey, Howard Keiss and Althea McBride.
Skill winners included: Closest to the pin — Tim Kitchen, Vicki Fischer, Bob Walker, Sandy Bernan, Judy Mase and Josh Mensinger. Longest drive winners — Pat James and Cheryl Bergey.
United Churches Golf Committee works throughout the year to plan for the annual tournament, Bernstine said.
This year, the committee included Bernstine, chair, George Casella, Vicki Fischer, Jim Foran, Phyllis Girven, Patty Gohrs, Don Konkle, Bob Shimp and Yvonne Shenuski.
The United Churches Board of Directors and staff thank them and the volunteers as well as the White Deer staff, Bernstine said.
Financially, this year’s tournament was the most successful yet held, she said. With a few checks yet to come, the organization has already raised over $12,000.