Golf tourney has benefited hospital in its first four years

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
It’s a good bet television cameras won’t be following participants around the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course during the fifth annual Hillsboro Community Medical Center Charity Golf Classic on Aug. 12.

But to those playing, the stakes are just as important as any tournament broadcast on ESPN.

“This is a large fund-raiser for the hospital that allows us to do things we wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” said Marsha Setzkorn-Meyer, HCMC director of marketing.

“Over the past four years, I think you could safely say we’ve raised between $20,000 and $25,000 with this event.”

This year’s Classic will kick off with an 8 a.m. registration and a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The 18-hole four-person scramble is open to both men and women.

The fee to play is $45 per golfer, which includes green fees, soft drinks, a barbecue lunch and numerous giveaways.

Proceeds from previous years have benefitted HCMC through the purchase of medical equipment.

“The first year we used the proceeds to purchase an infant apnea monitor to use on our tiniest patients,” Setzkorn-Meyer said.

“The second year we were writing a grant with the Kansas Department of Transportation and needed X-amount of dollars for it, so the funds went for our portion for the state grant.

“We purchased the van that’s parked in front of the nursing home (with the grant money),” she added.

“In the third year we used the money to purchase some telemetry equipment in the acute-care side.”

Setzkorn-Meyer said last year’s proceeds were used to replace doors between the hospital and nursing home.

“We had really loud wooden doors that were disruptive to the patients,” she said. “These new automatic doors are so incredibly quiet. They’ve been a wonderful addition to our hospital.

Funds from this year’s Classic will go toward the front entrance project, which includes making the facility compliant with the Americans With Disabilities Act.

“We have the funds for the renovation project, but that stops right at the fire doors. So we’re going to use the funds for improvements to ease the transition from the new addition to the existing hospital unit,” Setzkorn-Meyer said.

This year’s Classic is limited to 88 golfers and is filled to capacity for the second consecutive year.

“We really appreciate the help of the Hillsboro Municipal Golf Course and Gary Andrews,” Setzkorn-Meyer said. “We couldn’t do it without them.”

Prizes will be awarded for the closest to the pin, most accurate drive and longest putt as well as the top three places in each flight.

In addition, Hillsboro Ford Mercury, Irv Schroeder County Motors Inc., and Wright’s Chrysler-Dodge-Jeep will be sponsoring a hole-in-one contest on the 18th hole.

“Anyone sinking a hole-in-one on that hole wins a new car,” Setzkorn-Meyer said.

Those not interested in playing golf can still contribute to the Classic on one of three levels: Hole Sponsor ($500 and over), Gold Sponsor ($250-$499) and Silver Sponsor ($249 and under).

The following have already signed up as sponsors.

— Hole sponsor: Hillsboro Free Press, Chem-Aqua, Coonrood & Associates, Emprise Bank, Newton Medical Center, Via Christi Health Systems and Grant Thornton.

— Gold sponsor: Ag Service, ARSI, Baird, Kurtz & Dobson, Central National Bank, Hillsboro Family Practice Clinic, Rod’s Tire & Service, The Insurance Center, United Excel and Hillsboro State Bank.

— Silver sponsor: Ag Power, Carquest, Cooperative Grain & Supply, Fast Realty, Greenhaw Pharmacy, Hillsboro Quick Flick, Midwest Surgical Services, Wells, Conrade & Sims, Hillsboro Furniture, McDonald’s of Hillsboro, Hoch Publishing and Vogt’s Hometown Market.

Other donors are designated as a Bronze Sponsor.

“I hope it’s not too hot or raining (Aug. 12) but we did have rain one year and we still had a lot of fun,” Setzkorn-Meyer said. “But you don’t have to be playing golf to contribute.

“Hopefully, lots of people will take advantage of this opportunity to help the local hospital,” she said. “We really appreciate everyone’s contributions.”

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