“It’s always fun, it’s always competitive, and most of all it’s always rewarding…”, this was the collective sentiment of the golfers who participated in the 8th annual Chesterwye Golf Tournament, which was held at the beautiful Prospect Bay Country Club course on June 9th.
Phil Dumenil, President of the Queen Anne’s County Board of Commissioners said it best, “Knowing that we’re helping a very deserving group of local individuals to improve the quality of their lives, makes the event that much more worthwhile. Sure we have a great time, but the bottom line is, the proceeds stay in Queen Anne’s County, and are used totally to help adults with Intellectual and physical disabilities”.
Using a Shotgun, best ball formula, with a liberal sprinkling of mulligans, the honor system scoring makes the event a happy outing, featuring breakfast, snacks, hot dawgs, and a luncheon buffet and an awards ceremony that provides a festive atmosphere.
Sheehy Infiniti of Annapolis offered a brand new Infiniti Convertible to anyone who could make a hole in one, and the Kent Island American Legion also sponsored an all expense paid trip to this year’s World Series for a hole in one. There was a $5,000 putting contest, and contests to win a set of Callaway Irons, and a $500 gift certificate.
Brice Young, who played on a foursome representing the United Way of Queen Anne’s County, hit the ball 6 feet from the pin on hole number 15 to win a week end at the Hilton Garden Inn and a gift certificate to the Jetty Restaurant and Dock Bar.
The winning foursome with a “composite score” of 61 was composed of Rodney Bliss, Daryl Anderson, Mark Kenney and Chris Palmer. Finishing second, one stroke back, was the Increte Concrete team of Mike and Rick Moran, Matt Dalton, and Chris Dugovich. (Mike and Rick Moran attribute their success to the fact that their father and brother, Commissioner Jim Moran, had a business commitment and was not able to play).
Acting Chesterwye Executive Director thanked the golfers for their support, and also thanked the many local businesses and organizations who contributed to the success of the event. She said that the proceeds are used to enhance the quality of life for the individuals that the Chesterwye serves, and provides activities like taking them to Baltimore for a guided tour of the dugouts, club house, press box and other facilities at Orioles Park at Camden Yards, which they will be doing next week.
The Chesterwye Center is located in Grasonville, and serves over 70 adults with Intellectual and physical disabilities while employing over 100 people.