MICHAEL CARMAN’S GOLF COLUMN: DeSantis helps raise $6,000 in charity golf event

By Michael Carman

I’M WORN OUT just from writing about the accomplishment of Port Ludlow Director of Golf Vito DeSantis.

DeSantis recently played 100 holes of golf in a little more than 12 hours in a benefit for Seattle Children’s Hospital.

One hundred holes? Eighteen are more than enough to send me heading for a nap.

Not so for DeSantis, who collected pledges for the event, with supporters opting to pay a flat $25 or a set amount for each par, birdie, eagle or bogey with the option to double their amount if he reached triple digits.

Playing from just before dawn at 5:30 a.m. and finishing to applause from onlookers at Niblicks Cafe overlooking the Tide Course’s ninth hole at 6 p.m., DeSantis ended up raising $6,000 for the hospital.

He shot a total of 8-over par for 100 holes with 89 pars or bogeys and 11 birdies.

DeSantis’ marathon had minimal stoppages, breaks for refreshments and to swap out depleted golf carts.

Those carts had been decorated with hospital pom poms by members of The Port Ludlow Hospital Guild.

Before dropping into a deep and deserved slumber, DeSantis recharged his battery by hosting a spaghetti dinner in the clubhouse.

A raffle supported by numerous local businesses raised more than $1,000 in additional funds for the hospital.

Knights charity event

The 10th annual Knights of Columbus Charity Golf Tournament will be held at SunLand Golf & Country Club in Sequim on Saturday, Sept. 22.

Entry for the two-person best ball event is $55 for the public, $45 for members of Peninsula Golf Club and $25 for golfing members of SunLand.

The tournament will have handicap, women’s and Calloway divisions.

Entry fee includes the round of golf, as well as putting, long drive and closest to the pin contests.

Electric carts are available for $15 per player.

Proceeds from the tournament go to local charities, including the Boys & Girls Club, Hospice, Sequim Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paul and Queen of Angels School.

For more information, phone Mike Schmidt at 360-460-0331.

SkyRidge tourney

SkyRidge Golf Course in Sequim will say goodbye to summer with a three-person scramble on Saturday.

The event has a 9:30 a.m. shotgun start and is $30 per player ($90 per team).

A honey pot is an extra $20 per player.

Lunch will be served after the round.

Three drives from each player must be used during play.

There will be gross and net prizes, team KPs and team long putt.

For more information, phone 360-683-3673.

Events in PT

Port Townsend Golf Club hosted the 16th Port Townsend Elks Scholarship Tournament this past Saturday.

Mike and Brian Lux totaled a 65 to take low gross honors while Terry Berge and George Cave’s 57 was good for the low net title.

Will and Janet Peoples carded a 57 for low net mixed division top honors.

Port Townsend will also host a Team Port Townsend Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 22.

This tourney will raise money to support Blue Heron Middle School sports.

Sports are back this year at Blue Heron after community fundraising rallied to plug a budget gap.

Finally, Port Townsend Sunrise Rotary’s annual Night Time Glow Ball Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, Sept. 29.

For details on all these events, phone the course at 360-385-4547.

Humane Society event

The Olympic Peninsula Humane Society will hold its annual Claws and Paws Golf Tournament at Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course in Sequim on Friday, Sept. 21.

Proceeds from the tournament go toward the nearly 2,000 animals that come to the shelter each year.

Registration for the two-person scramble tournament starts at 7 a.m. with an 8 a.m. shotgun start.

Cost is $100 per player, which includes golf, cart, range balls, tee prizes, long drive, KPs, raffle tickets and a lunch ticket.

A prize field of $1,150 will be available based on a full field of 100 players.

Koenig Chevrolet/Subaru will feature a car for a hole-in-one.

There is an additional $20,000 prize to be split between player and the Humane Society for a hole-in-one.

Mulligans will be available for purchase at time of registration.

Guest tickets for luncheon by itself are available for $17.

For more information, call Garrett Smithson of Dungeness at 360-477-2718; Bill Dole, tournament chair, at 360-452-5983 or 360-912-1824; Donna Halsaver at 360-683-3994; or Kandace Pierce at 360-461-2810.

Dove House benefit

The Olympic Peninsula Boeing Bluebills, a group of kind-hearted retirees, will present an inaugural benefit golf tournament for The Dove House of Port Townsend on Saturday, Sept. 29.

Dove House provides crisis intervention, emergency food and shelter, medical advocacy, legal advocacy, individual support and counseling support groups, and therapy for child and adult victims, and maintains a 24-hour crisis line.

The entry fee for the general public is $80 and $40 for Port Ludlow members.

Included in the entry fee are green fees, carts, range balls, barbecue box lunch, contests, raffles, and one drink ticket.

Appetizers will be served at tournament end, concluding with an awards ceremony.

Register by this Saturday at www.plmga.org/golfingdove.htm or phone the Ludlow pro shop at 360-437-0272.

Krabill with first ace

Port Townsend Golf Club’s Ben Krabill carded his first hole-in-one on Monday on the 135-par 3 No. 2 hole.

Krabill, a former Port Townsend High School golf team member, hit a “great, choke-down 9-iron” according to PTGC assistant pro Gabriel Tonan.

Tonan and Dan Swindler witnessed the shot.

Krabill has been working a little in the golf shop and helping out around PTGC before he heads back to school at the University of Washington.

He used a Bridgestone golf ball with the name “Maddog” and a clover on the side for the shot.

The ball had been “borrowed” from PTGC Pro Mike Early’s indoor putting cup earlier that morning.

Nice shot, Ben!

Ryan shoots his age

Another noteworthy accomplishment comes from Sequim’s Cedars at Dungeness Golf Course.

Paul Ryan, Cedars member, shot his age (77) last Wednesday.

Congratulations to Ryan on the accomplishment.


Golf columnist Michael Carman can be reached at 360-417-3527 or pdngolf@gmail.com.

Last modified: September 11. 2012 5:02PM
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