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Golf Classic raises over $21K for ambulance service

By Staff | Jul 26, 2019

Submitted photo The "Snozzberry Police" ham it up at the 21st annual Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Golf Tournament.

Twenty-four teams, some in costume, raised more than $21,000 for the Rugby Ambulance Service at the 21st Annual Good Samaritan Health Services Foundation Charity Golf Classic last Friday at the Rugby Country Club.

GSHS Foundation Coordinator Cathy Jelsing said the fundraising effort would help to pay for a new four-wheel drive ambulance and equipment. The vehicles Rugby Ambulance Service uses now do not have four-wheel drive, which makes a difference in harsh winter weather.

However, weather wasn’t a problem for last week’s golf tournament.

“It was gorgeous,” Jelsing said.

“There were 96 people and 24 teams,” Jelsing added, “not really (very many spectators). There were a lot of EMS people there, because this event was to help raise funds for the ambulance service.”

Jelsing said participants and organizers emphasized the “fun” part of fundraising for the day.

“It’s not a real serious tournament, I wouldn’t say. And it’s gotten more fun over time. Because you play these games pay-to-play; you get certain advantages you get to move your ball up; you get little advantages, mulligans things like that. So, it’s not a serious golf tournament.”

Players and other participants contributed to the fundraisers through team sponsorships, team fees, play-to-pay holes, beverage carts and even an outhouse.

“We had different categories: for $600, you could sponsor a beverage cart; $500 sponsor a hole; $250 sponsors got their names on a leaderboard; $100 got their names posted,” Jelsing noted. “That was a huge part of it.”

“Not everyone dresses up, but it’s fun with the ones that do,” Jelsing said.

Many tournament players come back year after year, according to Jelsing.

“The Schneibels Monte and Gail they said that they thought they’ve been playing since the very first tournament, so for 21 years, they’ve been playing in this tournament, which is a lot,” Jelsing recounted.

“So, there’s a definite history. Like (M.J. McGuire Company) they always have a team. A lot of these teams, such as Merchants Bank, they’ve been going for many, many years. So, there’s a long history of support for this.”

Heart of America Medical Center’s Susan Price oversees emergency medical services as the hospital’s chief nursing officer.

Price said she and her husband played in the tournament.

“My husband (Christopher Price) is actually the state EMS director for North Dakota, and he played on my team.” Dickinson obstetrician and gynecologist Dr. William Lowe and his wife, Vicki also played on Price’s team.

Price’s team, who placed third in the tournament’s second flight, was called “The Duffers.”

“If you know what ‘Duffer’ means it means ‘Not So Good Golfer,'” Price said with a smile.

Price said her team didn’t dress up. “There were some really cute themes, though ‘Caddyshack’ there was a team with a theme from the ‘Caddyshack’ movie.”

“My EMS staff actually worked during the day,” Price added. “They worked at various holes, and they did the games at the holes for other fundraising opportunities.”

“They were pretty enthusiastic about (money) getting raised for their department,” Price said of the first responders. “They were excited about it.”

Jelsing wrote in a press release, “Cost of the ambulance and equipment will come to about $250,000. This will be the first four-wheel drive ambulance owned by the Rugby Ambulance Service. Ambulance and crew will reside in the former Windshield Doctor building on Highway 2 in Rugby. The new location will give the emergency responders quick access to the entire community and the garage doors are tall enough to accommodate the new, higher-profile, four-wheel drive vehicle.”

Jelsing listed tournament winners in the release: “First place winners in the first flight were Rugby Dental teammates Dr. Kathy and Mike Santjer, Gary Myhre and Rugby Golf Club Manager Corey Espe. Taking first place in the second flight was the First International Bank and Trust team led by Tanner Johnson, which included Carlie Johnson, Elizabeth and Nathan Blessum.”

“Second place winners, first flight, Integrity Appraisals: Tonia Dosch, Tony Bernhardt, Rick Bruggeman and Doug Bruggeman. Second place, second flight, representing the Rugby Eagles Club: Angie Zietz, Tanner Bernhardt, Toby McCabe and Mitch Grochow.”

The release said third place in the first flight of the tournament went to Pioneer Seeds, whose team consisted of Joanie Bruggeman, Jace Eagleson, and Gail and Monte Schneibel.

Jelsing said donations to the foundation’s ambulance fund are welcome online at www.hamc.com/foundation/donatenow/ . Donors should write “Ambulance” in the comment section. Donations may also be sent by mail to GSHS Foundation, 800 S. Main Ave., Rugby, ND 58368.

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