The Oak Tree Country Club Women's Golf Club hosted their annual fundraising tournament on Sept. 6, and raised $4,590 for The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. For this year's tournament the Play for P.I.N.K. organization was chosen, since 100 percent of the proceeds from this event goes directly to breast cancer research. This is made possible by the generous support of Bloomberg L.P., which underwrites all the administrative costs for the Play for P.I.N.K. organization.
There were 76 players who joined in a fun day of golf starting with a light breakfast courtesy of the Oak Tree Men's Golf Club. Of the three different formats being played, nine teams competed in a four-person ladies scramble. There were 24 ladies that played in a two-person best ball, while the other 16 participants were men who also played in a two-person best ball.
In addition, several skills challenges were afforded the players as they progressed around the course.
Beverages were provided to all the contestants while on the course and a lunch of sandwiches, chips, cookies and a drink were available after play.
The tournament chair for this year's event, Sharon Lozar and her assistant Dede Potvin, went all out on obtaining numerous donations for raffle prizes, including golf bags, golf clubs and drivers and several trips to select golf clubs in the southern California area.
In addition, the 50/50 raffle generated another portion of the overall donation. Major local contributors were Kitty Bower of BVS Realty, Tammy Engle, Mortgage Advisor, the Oak Tree Country Club and the Horse Thief Golf Course.
Prizes for each of the golf format and skills contests were awarded at the luncheon. In the Ladies Scramble, first place went to the team of Joann Christensen, Terri Burton, Cindi Stubblefield and Florence Simmons; the second place team was Marie Scammon, Jean Browning, Deanna Starbuck and Lauren Gentile and third place was Lanae Brandolino, Jeri Dyer, Tera Pupa, and Gail Brandolino.
For the ladies two-Person best ball, in the first flight, low gross went to Mary Prosser and Sheila Blyth; low net winners were Sharon Lozar and Dianne Cooper.
In the second flight the low gross winners were Merilyn Caler and Carolyn Watters, while Diane Griffin and Caron Castner took low net honors. The men's best ball low gross winners were John Castner and Grif Griffin. Lantie Bell and Michael Lewis won first low net and Rick Webber and Steve Munoz took second low net.
In the skills games, closest to the line on hole five for the men was Russ Walshaw, the ladies winner was Cathy Bradshaw and the guest winner was Deanna Starbuck. On hole 13, the closest to the pin for the ladies was Mary Prosser with Kristen Spear winning for the guests.
Those making it on the green on hole 11 were Linda Cross, Carla Kanbiec, Steve Munoz, Grif Griffin, John Castner, Tiffany Blyth and Merilyn Caler. And the players who made it inside the circle on hole 11 were Beth Gross, Jean Browning, Dede Potvin, Rick Webber and Pat Bradshaw.
The big winner, though, was the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and all the people they are helping with their research to find a cure. Several of the players were recipients of that research and were recognized as being breast cancer survivors.