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September 29 2014

Despite Rain, PCMA Heartland Chapter Inaugural Annual Golf Tournament an Awesome Success!

Bobby Riggins, Group Operations Manager, Agenda: USA

On Thursday, October 2, 2014, the PCMA Heartland Chapter held their first golf tournament at Deer Creek Golf Club in Overland Park, KS. Golfers congregated in the pro shop and at the registration table donned with all types of rain gear, as the rain poured outside, it was becoming apparent that the outing was going to be a short one. Officials hoped for 9 holes with the shotgun start delayed from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. At 9:00, teams were sent to their respective carts and then another thunderstorm approached – players retreated back to the bar for another drink.  We were finally sent out on the course at 9:30 am. 

The course was soaked, bunkers were washed out and carts had to remain on the cart paths. We were told to play as many holes as we could until 1130am. Unfortunately, my team (comprised of Craig Deel , Overland Park Sheraton Hotel; Kristen Kimbrel, AAFP; Matt Schiesl,  Dairy Farmers of America) were only able to complete 3-½ holes before another thunderstorm moved in--this time bringing torrential rains and lightning. We were done and made our way back to the clubhouse.

Some teams were able to complete more holes than others, but in the end it was a rain out. The team prizes were raffled off, lunch was served and the team pictures were taken inside with the lightning theme in the background. We raised approximately $1900 for Operation Breakthrough through our silent auction. We raised approximately $8,800 (that’s a net, final number estimate) through the tournament to benefit our chapter’s future education programs.

Many thanks to the golf committee for the difficult task of changing plans on the fly. Hopefully next year, the weather will be better, however, a rainy day at the golf course is a lot better than any day at the office!

See all the photos from the event at http://www.bobcomptonphotogalleries.com/Commercial/PCMA, and thanks to Bob Compton Photography for helping us capture the moments!