One hundred golfers enjoyed a beautiful day on Sunday, July 28, at the 21st annual Swing Along Golf Tournament sponsored by the Music in the Mountains Alliance. Once again Lake Wildwood Golf Course hosted the event. There was a lot going on all day — from putting contest, ball drop and hole-in-one challenges to an auction, raffle and awards dinner in the evening.
The winning team consisted of Mark Stanga, Sam Swisher, Jeff Stanga and Jim Swisher. The broad smiles on the faces of the winning team was due to their making an eagle on five holes and scoring a net 46! For those not familiar with golf terminology, “Eagle” means two under par. Quite an accomplishment.
No one drove off in the new Chevy, which was for the hole-in-one winner, but several golfers came within inches of winning the $10,000 prize for the 50-foot putt contest.
Tournament Chairman Jack Laird sends out a big thank you to the team of more than 60 volunteers who made this event another success. The LWW staff of Jim Knight, golf pro; Bill Hamilton, supervisor of golf maintenance; Janet Wirkner, banquet supervisor; and the LWW Association and LWW board of directors and their staff also deserve a big thank you, as once again they went the extra mile to make sure everything ran smoothly.
Gary Blum tossed out more than 1,200 golf balls; only one made it into the hole. David Halbrook was the lucky winner of the $1,000 prize.
The support of our many sponsors, underwriters and donors is very much appreciated. The event was sponsored by the Penn Valley Rotary Club, Sierra View Medical Eye and Tri-Counties Bank. Hole-in-one sponsors were Gold Rush Chevrolet and Nick’s Custom Golf Cart. Abercrombie & Co,, Mark Strate and Julia Amaral were generous underwriters. In addition, there were 40 Tee and Green sponsors and more than 70 donations for the raffle and silent auction.
Indeed, “it takes a village” to put on an event like this.
This annual tournament is one of MIM Alliance’s major fundraising events. The money brought in goes toward Music in the Mountains’ ongoing concert series and youth musical education programs.
Next year’s tournament is tentatively set for July 27 at Lake Wildwood. We’re already getting golfers wanting to sign up.
For photos and additional information about MIM events, go to MusicintheMountains.org.
Peggy Laird lives in Grass Valley.