Annual golf tournament exhibits camaraderie to a tee
An intense sun shone brightly on Peabody Lakeside Country Club golf course Sunday as golfers gathered for a tournament that goes beyond 18 holes and tee-offs.
The sixth annual Sand Greens Masters four-man scramble tournament is sponsored by the American Legion Post #95 Ladies Auxiliary to benefit upkeep of the legion’s building downtown.
“The year the front of the building fell off of the legion, we came close to closing,” Auxiliary president Myrna Wood said. “Insurance came through, but we still needed fundraising. That spring, I decided to do a golf tournament to start a savings account strictly for building maintenance.”
Winners of the tournament benefit outside of bragging rights, Wood said.
“The Masters tournament champion gets a green jacket, and since we have sand greens, we decided to give tan jackets to the winning team,” she said.
Nine teams came out to support the event this year.
“We were three teams short of what we had last year, but donations appear to be the same, which is awesome,” Wood said. “I’m totally impressed with everyone who participated and donated. I also want to thank all the girls that helped at the hot dog tent who even donated back their tips. We always have a blast.”
Participants share not only a love of golf but also a love of giving back to the community.
“If you’re not out here supporting our American Legion over Memorial Day weekend, golfer or not, are you even American?” asked Ben Eldridge, just before he teed off on hole nine.
“You get together with a group of buddies for a great cause,” fellow golfer Johnathan Foth said. “What’s better than that?”
This year, the outcome of the tournament was slightly different because two teams placed first.
Team Cub of Newton tied for with local team Bohica, each scoring 13 under par.
After a long day of golfing and continuous laughter, the teams decided to split the title in lieu of playoffs.
As teams gathered in the clubhouse before raffle winners were picked at the end of the day, there was no shortage of sunburns or camaraderie among contributors to this annual event.
It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of this,” golfer Adam Benson said.
Last modified May 31, 2018