On Monday, I worked as a volunteer for the Anthony Gonzalez First Tee Classic, Golf Tournament and Auction at Eagle Creek Golf Course in Indianapolis. It was an absolutely beautiful day, with clear blue skies, just a few wispy clouds here and there and a high temperature of about 76 degrees.
It couldn’t have been a better day for a golf tournament. Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard was in attendance too, as The First Tee is a personal favorite of his, and he lends his support as best he can. Quinn Buckner is on The First Tee’s board of directors, and he was there, as were a few of Gonzalez’s teammates from the Colts.
Kyle DeVan, Colts’ starting right guard, and Curtis Painter played in the event. I was glad to meet Curtis Painter in person, since I watched him quarterback at Purdue.
Gonzalez has chosen The First Tee of Indianapolis to lend his name and support because he is impressed with their teachings of the Nine Core values to the children it reaches, along with the golf that they learn. Gonzalez said he believes that it is critical for today’s youth to be exposed to programs that will help them to become tomorrow’s leaders.
The fundraiser also included the silent auction. Some of the items being bid on were Colts signed merchandise; a helmet, football, and some jerseys, and two tickets to a Colts game in the mayor’s suite.
There were lots of “golf for 4” items to bid on at various golf courses. My favorite would have been the “golf for 4 at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, site of the BMW Championship and four tickets to Chicago Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game July 24th. Another great item that golfers would appreciate was a Ryder Cup Flag signed by captain Corey Pavin.
After a meal was served, some special items were offered up for auction: Golf for a 3-some with Anthony Gonzalez at Crooked Stick G.C., and golf with Gonzalez at Muirfield Village in Columbus, Ohio.
The big-ticket items included resort stays. The first included a one-night stay at the West Baden Springs Hotel, plus 18 holes on the Donald Ross course and the new Pete Dye course. The golfers’ dream package was the biggest draw: A TPC Sawgrass Golf getaway. This included (for a foursome) 18 holes at the Dye’s Valley Course and one on the Stadium Course, home of The Players Championship, with the infamous island green 17th hole. With airfare and hotel, that package was auctioned off for $3,200.
The event should be held again next year, so keep it in mind as one of your charity outings.
• Quote of the Day — “It’s a lot easier hitting a quarterback than a little white ball.” — Bubba Smith, actor and former football player.
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Vigo County Golf Leagues
Paitson’s Roofing Eastend Ladies — Standings: Natalie’s Consignment Furniture 269, Krock Racing 248, Louise’s Fine Dining and Cafe 245, Dorsett Mitsubishi 239, Baesler’s Market 233, Turner Coach 232, Coaches Corner 228, Advanced Chiropractic 226. Low gross: Lois Casassa and Brenda Ellis 43. Low net: Joan Swift and Cathy Wheat 28. Play of the day: Dawn Williamson and Wheat. Chip-ins: Casassa (18), Faye Lynn King (15).
Terre Haute Savings Bank Senior Men — National Division standings: Local No. 103 265, Fore Seasons Golf Complex 230, Complete Kitchen and Bath 229, Lough Bros. 219, SMC 216, Paitson Bros. 210, Terre Haute Savings Bank 158. Low gross: Bob Buckingham 39. Low nmet: Buckingham 32. American Division standings: Salt of the Earth 235, Tabco 230, Gurman Container 226, VFW No. 972 224, Poplar Flower Shop 216, Spring Clean Car Wash 207, Baesler’s Market 197. Low gross: Skip McVey 37. Low net: Darrell Guerin 31.
Ft. Harrison Ladies 9-hole league — Low gross: Mid Rusk. Low net: Mary Ann Baker. Low putts: Darby Gugliemetti. Play of day — Rusk, Gugliemetti.
Rea Park Wednesday Evening Ladies — Standings (June 9): Swalls-Bocard 14, Mann-Hyde 14, Cannon-Petty 13, Honselman-Albert 12, Price-Mozley 11, McCord-Atterson 10, Meyer-Snow 10, T.Johnson-Clements 9, Newton-Pair 9, Padgett-Bedwell 9, Lanke-Harden 8, Durand-Hiatt 8, Horrall-M.Johnson 8. Hamilton-Rusk no score reported. Low gross: Stephanie Meyer and Eileen Mann 40. Low net: Stacy Bocard 33. Birdie: Linda Pair (6).
First Financial Monday Ladies — Standings: VFW No. 1 197, VFW No. 2 170, Baesler’s Market 145, Shepard’s Gas 129. Low gross: Kay Gard. Low net: Mardell Miller. Play of day: Dolores Sawtelle.
Mark’s Par Three Senior Men — First half standings: Old National Trust 159, Watts Farms 149, Larry Helman 137, Tabco 135, North Siders 129, Dorsett Mitsubishi 128, Dew Drop Inn 122, Mattingly Collision 121, Rollie’s Pizza 116, Vigo Bowl 111. Low gross: Dave Hall 35. Low net: Hall 27. Closest to pin: Tom Williams (12). Longest drive: Don McCullough (18). Longest putt: Jim Lindsay (17).
Women’s Rea Park Tuesday 18-hole — Low gross: Stephanie Meyer 76. Low net: Carolyn Hyde 60. Birdies: Hyde (1), Meyer (4,7,8), Sandy Stabler (6), Lori Ugo (8), Sharon Hamilton (8), Beth Lowe (13), Linda Pair (14). Chip-in: Sheri Harden (7). Low putts: Meyer 27.
Terminal Sports and Spirits Wednesday Evening — First place team (28): Zach Wilhoyte-Denise Rowlett. Second place team (32, tie): Dave Rowlett-John Love; Matt Love-Scott Logan. Closest to pin: Wilhoyte (3), Matt Love (9).
Home Builders Tuesday Evening — Low gross: Terry Day 37. Low net: Fred Lamb and Charlie Smith 31. Longest putt: Jurgin Sinn (5). Closest to pin: Terry Day (3), Fred Lamb (9).
Ladies Tuesday Morning Scramble — First place team (40): Kate Michaw, Sue Larison, Susie Colligan, Sue Borden. Second place team (43): Sue Welch, Susan Eisman, Mary Brannen, Cathy Brannen. Longest putt: Jan Cutter (15). Closest to pin: Eisman (12).
• The THWGA Ringer Tournament will be June 26-27 at Hulman Links with tee times starting at 10 a.m. The format is a partner scramble, with scores being recorded the first day, and then if a better score is made on a hole the 2nd day, that is the score that is kept for a “ringer score.” The cost is $20 plus cart. Contact Eileen Mann at 812-243-3382 for more information or to register.