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Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Aces Tournament

By Staff | Jul 23, 2015

JT Pelt/PCT Kari Hunt, of Blue Cross Blue Shield of N.D., and HAMC CEO Jeff Lingerfelt (right) participate in the GSHSF annual golf tournament.

Arnold Palmer once said after a charity event, “Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated, but when you are doing for a good cause it is always a glorious day on the links.” This past Friday was one of those glorious days. There was a great turnout of 21 teams for the Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation (GSHSF) 17th Annual Charity Golf Classic at the Rugby Golf Course. The tournament had another pleasing year and was an amazing success raising more than $18,000, according to Linda Kay Duchscher, community relations and development director for Heart of America Medical Center. The GSHSF mission is to provide financial resources for HAMC and Haaland Estates.

Duchscher and Kelsey Leier of Heart of America Medical Center were two of the event coordinators. When asked what stood out most about this year’s tournament they said, “It has to be the overwhelming generosity that was shown by so many.” They continued, “There is no doubt that the community values quality health care and we see this time and time again through the financial donations, gifts and participation at our events, and for that we are so very thankful.” They concluded, “This golf tournament would not have reached the level of success that it has without the Rugby businesses that contribute and donate year in and year out. The outpouring of support continues to motivate us to keep making this golf tournament the best it can be!”

The beneficiary of the campaign this year was no easy task. According to Duchscher, “We continue to have many departments that need our support within Good Samaritan Hospital Association.” She continued, “Our patient satisfaction surveys identified the need for greater privacy during the admission process. Renovation of the Admissions Department would ensure the upmost patient privacy and allow the staff more work space.” She also shared, “During the study, we also discovered the need for wheelchair accessible restrooms near Admissions. With funds from this event we will be able to renovate the Admissions Department giving it a fresh welcoming feel while adding wheelchair accessibility to the restrooms.”

This event wouldn’t have been possible without the hard work and dedication of all the committee members and volunteers that made this possible. “There are too many volunteers to name them all, but they all have our deepest gratitude and appreciation for all they did”, said Kelsey Leier, a committee member.

The complete planning committee for the golf event consisted of: Tanner Johnson, Michelle Lake, Dani Schell, Rich Feast, Scott Craun, Linda Kay Duchscher and Kelsey Leier.

There were many more winners than the hospital, the staff, the patients and the city of Rugby as a whole. There were also many winners on the golf course as well.

Winners for the First Flight: 1st place Angie Zietz, Craig Wollenberg, Bob Wilmot and Bob Dahlen 61. 2nd Place Kathy and Mike Santjer, Cherie and Brett McAtee 62 countback. 3rd Place Tonia Dosch, Brekka Belisle, Rick Bruggeman and Toby McCabe – 62

Winners Second Flight: 1st place Jeff Duchscher, Linda Sattler, Jeff Mayer and Jen Mattson 69 countback. 2nd place Ron Volk, Eugene Volk, Toni Stevenson and Eric Stevenson 69. 3rd place Jacob Nelson, Cory Geiszler, Kipp and Leah Johnson- 70

Best Team Theme Bremer Bank Hunting for Birdies Tanner and Carlie Johnson, Nathan and Liz Blessum.

Longest Drive Men Brian Olson

Longest Drive Women Angie Zietz

Shortest Drive Jeremiah Lindgren

Closest to the pin Men Brian Olson

Closest to the pin Women Kerry Grochow

Closet to the line Men Mitch Anderson

Closest to the line Women – Jen Mattson

On the Green Men Rich Feast

On the Green Women Tonia Dosch

Pay to Play winners Grill Eugene Volk

Mosquito Magnet Monte Schneibel

42″ TV Scott Craun.

Congratulations to all the winners. The golf tournament is a great way the community can rally around such an important aspect of the community that the Heart of America Medical Center represents. If this year was any indication of future outings then there will be many more years of great golf for great causes here in Rugby.

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