On Saturday, July 30, a day in perfect weather, golfers eagerly arrived at Missaukee Golf Club (MGC) to participate in the 8th annual Lake City Ladies’ Club (LCWC), GALLAH (Girls And Love Lending A Hand) golf fundraiser. The tournament reached a capacity of 100 golfers by mid-June, so everyone qualified for the Early Bird draw – the first prize of the day. Dan Zimmerman was the lucky winner of a dinner for two, a bottle of wine, and golf at Sugar Springs Golf Club.
The fun day began with the golfers checking out the various raffle items that were served while they ate the delicious dessert – coffee and muffin slots. When participants loaded their wagons, they found goodie bags filled with gift certificates, ball tags, snacks, and water donated by local businesses and LCWC members. Then to help refuel golfers during their round, sausages and chips were made available at the turn. With everyone working their appetites after 18 holes of golf, a delicious lasagna dinner was curated by Ross, Barb Elliott, Earl and Tamara Hillsell of City2Shore Real Estate – Northern Michigan and served by MGC.
Thanks to the generosity of golf courses in the area, several awards have been given to participants for their performance in the event. The men’s first-place team consisting of Mike Grams, Alex Grams, Jeff Marion and Ryan Brontines, won golf for four at Crystal Mountain Betsy Valley Golf Course. Michel Morse, Kelly Malmburg, Amy Letts and Jill Farley took first place in four-man golf at Quail Ridge Golf Course. The first mixed team of Ed Carr, Michaelene Carr, Gunnar Loeks, and Jim Loeks took golf for four at Gaylord Country Club. With this being the eighth annual event, it was fitting to award eighth place to John Porter, Marty Faber, Pat Foster and Jack Richards, golf to four players at the Lakes of North Golf Course. However, thanks to the luck of the lottery, the 18th place team consisting of Barb Elliott, Bob Rexford, Al Scholten and Tim Shupe came out with a four-time golfer at Katke Golf Course, and the 21st place team from Patty McIsaac, Tim McIsaac, Dave received Donofrio and Jenny Donofrio Play golf for four at Ye Olde Country Club. The last place team did not forget; They earned certificates in mini golf at Pirates Cove.
Not only were the teams competing for first place, the fun continued with additional competitions as well. Roger Colhagen won golf at St Ives Golf Course for the ranking competition. On hole number 2, there were prizes for the closest line for men and women. Karl Edgren won golf at Mishwi Pines Golf Course and Barb Elliott won golf at Lone Golf Resort. On hole No. 4, men’s and women’s golf certificates were awarded for the longest ride. Won by John Porter (Grandview Golf Club) and Sean Redman (Grayling Country Club). The team consisting of Karl Edgren, Craig Ardis, Declan Edgren and Mason Edgren won golf 4 times at Firefly Golf Links to get close to the number 8 pin. Blythe Scarchoge won golf at Tamarack Golf Course for having the longest shot of women’s golf. On hole No. 9. There were also prizes for the longest ride on hole No. 13 won by Marty Faber (Manistee Golf and Country Club) and Terra Urbanavidge (Marquette Trails Golf Course). Bill Poole, Jimmy Poole, Mike Poole, and Sam Poole were the closest team to the pin on hole 14, so they took golf for 4 at Firefly Links. Bill Jones came home with a golf certificate at The Quest Golf Club for having the longest men’s pitch on hole 18. No golfer came home empty-handed as every golfer received one of the many gifts donated by local businesses.
Although there were plenty of great moments during the tournament, perhaps the highlight of the day was the way Ed Carr celebrated his birthday by getting a single hole punch on hole number 6. Not only did he win the grand prize he accumulated at the Missaukee Golf Club Not only did he get a year’s supply of golf balls from his hole sponsor, Classic Chevrolet.
LCWC would like to thank all of our sponsors, volunteers, golfers and the Missaukee Golf Club for their contributions to the success of the tournament. This year’s LCWC golf outing raised over $11,000. As in the past, the funds will be used to support the needs of our community. LCWC members look forward to hosting next year’s event on Saturday, July 29, 2023.