The 9th annual Springfield Hospital Challenge took place on Thursday, September 24, at Okemo Valley Golf Club in Ludlow. 113 golfers competed for team and individual awards, raffle prizes, and auction items, and raised nearly $15,000 at the annual fundraising event.
More than 50 sponsoring organizations underwrote the tournament, which included a box lunch, complimentary refreshments on the course, and an attach /laptop case. Tournament sponsors were Black River Produce, Comtu Falls Corp, HB Fuels, IPG Employee Benefits Specialists, Richard Marasa, MD, Springfield Health & Rehab Center, Springfield Printing Corp, TD Bank, USI / Liberty Mutual.
Club professional, Michael Santa Maria, and the excellent Okemo staff took very good care of the golfers and made the event an overall success.
"This event is so much more than a fund raiser." says Larry Kraft, Director of Springfield Hospital Foundation. "It is a team builder for staff who organize the event. It is a competitive golf tournament. And it is an opportunity for Springfield Hospital to connect with its friends and supporters."
Team winners were:
1st place, gross: Tim Kangas, Rich Lane, Rick Marasa, Rick Spence
2nd place, gross: Steve Birge, Jack Cassidy, Rich Skrocki, Dan Tricarico
3rd place, gross: Greg Burdett, Jeffrey King, Todd Roberts, Richard Slusky,
1st place, net: Mark Blanchard, Mark Devarney, Joe Green, Brian Tarbox
2nd place, net: Bill Anderson, Bill Brown, Jeff Smith, Jeff Wallin
3rd place, net: Peter Annis, Dan Patria, Mary Patria, Peter Svendsen
Individual winners were:
Closest to the line: Ron Ferro
Longest putt: Dan Tricarico
Pre tournament putting contest: Mike Martin