Women’s golf association tees off for charity
Near the center of a coat-filled warehouse at The Caring Place, a dark-haired girl gave a slow smile as she slipped her arms into a lavender coat with a dark-brown, imitation-fur collar. Nearby, a blonde boy grinned broadly as he pulled on a red and blue fleece-lined, hooded jacket. Their mother stood nearby and watched, helping to straighten collars and sleeves, and nodding at her children’s exclamations of excitement.
“I loved seeing that,” says Bobbie Lingenfelter, who, along with Barb Twyford, chaired the Women’s 9-Holer Club’s annual Coats for Kids fundraiser during the Berry Bowl at Berry Creek Country Club this past October. “The Caring Place purchased the coats and had them in a storage place with all these racks of different jackets. The kids came in and picked out their size. That was really neat. We were able to get to see the action. The kids just loved those new coats.”
A few years earlier, in 2009, Barb Twyford had been organizing the 9-Holer Club’s participation in the annual Berry Bowl, when an offer from a friend—for a $100 retail golf club to include in the club’s raffle—sparked a much larger idea. Instead of using the funds raised during the tournament to cover costs for the event, Barb suggested to the women that they give the funds raised to a local charity. The women quickly embraced the idea.
“We always had a door prize or something, usually nominal, at the Berry Bowl,” Barb explains, “and I thought we could use the money raised to give to a local concern. About the same time, The Caring Place’s Coats for Kids campaign came up. That’s how we started, and we’ve just kept going over the past few years, and every year it has kept growing. Now not just the women in the group, but employees and staff at the country club get involved. It’s really nice that everyone works toward the same goal to help the community.”
Bobbie remembers taking the crisp dollar bills from golfer after golfer at the 2012 Berry Bowl as they entered to win the raffle and to win a free pro shot, also known as a mulligan. Bobbie did a quick calculation in her head and realized that they were raising well over the $500 that the women had been able to raise in at the first charity fundraiser in 2009. By the end of the day, more than 100 golfers from seven local clubs had helped raise over $1300.
“This last year, the 9-Holer Club’s fundraiser turned out really, really well,” Bobbie says. “It’s just a small 9-hole golf tournament, and it’s a lot of work, but I’m very proud of all we have been able to do. What The Caring Place does is important, and we feel an affinity for the children. We live here in Georgetown—this is our community and home—and we want to give in a way that will make a difference in the lives of these children.”