OBH, BOP benefit golf tournament on par for success

<I>KEVIN HEIMBIGNER photo</I><BR>Julie Oakes, Linda Kaino, Susan Nicola and Mavis Shucka sell "mulligans" at the benefit golf tourney.

SURFSIDE - The second annual Ocean Beach Hospital Foundation (OBHF) Benefit Golf Tournament sponsored by The Bank of the Pacific was a smashing success as 72 linksters teed it up to help support the hospital.

OBHF operated a "Thirst Aid" cart that kept the golfers refreshed and well-hydrated. There was also a 50/50 raffle and golfers had the rare opportunity to purchase mulligan's for the tournament, just in case an errant shot or two occurred along the way.

On holes number 3 and 12 golfers could purchase a chance to get on the green with their tee shot. If they made it to the hallowed ground of the green they won a sleeve of balls and also the satisfaction of making a great golf shot.

In addition to the $2,500 given to the OBHF from The Bank, the tournament also raised over $800 on the 50/50 raffle, mulligan sales, and from the "Thirst Aid" Cart. Donations were received for hole sponsorships totaling $1,800 to bring the total amount raised to $5,161.

Following the tourney, hungry golfers were treated to a delicious barbequed beef and tuna dinner.

As an added bonus, had a golfer knocked in a hole-in-one, they would have won a Suzuki SUV donated by Vince Williams of Warrenton. Other hole-in-one prizes would have included a Dell computer, Ben Hogan golf clubs, and a Bose stereo system.

Bob Matthews was awarded the "straightest drive" and Brian Wilson the "longest drive" of the tournament. The first place team was made up of Bob Matthews, Kyle Kaino, Kevin Brown, and Robbie Greenfield. Second was Bill Thorn, Phil Galuzzo, Eric Thorseb, and John Hopkins and third went to the foursome of Mike Swanson, Cliff Kilponen, Dave Batt, and Lorna Batt.

Mavis Shucka of The Bank were instrumental in organizing the fundraising event and plans are already in the works for next year.

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