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20th Charity Golf Classic draws 104 to Rugby Golf Club

By Staff | Jul 27, 2018

Photo submiited by Cathy Jelsing Elizabeth Blessum takes a putt for the Mike Swanson Construction team during the 20th annual GSHS Foundation Charity Golf Classic.

More than 100 golfers representing more than 26 local businesses and organizations teed up for the 20th annual Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Charity Golf Classic July 20 at the Rugby Golf Club.

Through sponsorships, team fees, pay-to-play holes and prize donations, the tournament raised close to $20,000 to help bring 3-D mammography to Heart of America Medical Center in Rugby.

Paired teams enjoyed nearly perfect weather as they made their way around the links, starting around 9 a.m. and concluding with the awards ceremony around 5:30 p.m. Golfers were sorted into two flights and countbacks used to determine the winning teams.

First place winners in the first flight with a score of 59 were Rugby Dental teammates Kathy and Mike Santjer, Gary Myhre and Rugby Golf Club manager Corey Espe. Taking first place in the second flight with a score of 67 were McGuire’s teammates Josh and Andee Mattson, Dan Lagein and Mark Hamilton.

Second place winners, first flight, Rugby Eagles, 61: Craig Wollenburg, Bob Dahlen, Bob Wilmot and Deb Knain. Second place, second flight, Team Graner-Thompson, 67: Lyndsay and Michael Graner, Jenna and Brian Thompson.

Third place winners, first flight, Center Mutual Insurance, 61: Lance Zeitz, Tim Pfeifer, Jaden Pfeifer, Jen Ramsey. Third place, second flight, Northern Equipment, 67: Terri Jacobson, Darren Paul, Nate Jacobson and Chuck Chaffee.

Foundation president Tanner Johnson welcomed golfers to the tournament and thanked them for participating. In her opening remarks, Foundation coordinator Cathy Jelsing announced recent contributions to the Foundation’s 3-D Mammography Close to Home project.

HAMC Auxiliary kicked off the fundraising with a $10,000 pledge this spring. Recently, First International Bank and Trust recently committed $10,000 and Farmers Union Insurance contributed $2,500. And last week, the USDA awarded HAMC a pair of Community Facilities grants totaling $133,000. Combined with golf tournament proceeds, these contributions put the Foundation close to halfway in its $389,000 3-D mammography fundraising effort.

Primary tournament sponsors ($1,000 each) included: Anderson Funeral Homes, Bremer Bank, Center Mutual Insurance, First International Bank and Trust, Heart of America Clinic Pharmacy, Joy Dental Design and Merchants Bank.

Individuals or organizations interested in contributing to 3-D Mammography Close to Home may do so online at www.hamc.com/foundation/donatenow/ or by mail: GSHS Foundation, 800 S. Main Ave., Rugby, ND 58368.

– Submitted by Cathy Jelsing, GSHS Foundation coordinator

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