Birdies abounded, but the bottom line was bucks.
The 14th annual Greater Marco Family YMCA golf tournament yielded around $12,000 to swell its scholarship fund.
It took place Saturday at the Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club, attracting 108 players who braved an early morning chill before thawing out a couple of hours later and getting down to the business of having competitive fun for a worthy cause.
Talk of the tournament was the long drive effort — all 340 yards of it — by Steve Pahr, as well as the winning score of 56 by the team of Gene Ilnicki, Shawn Ward, “Disco” Dave Bierbrauer and Larry Paladino.
Other players to shine were Jennifer Johnson with the longest women’s drive, Frank Vaselewski and Nancy Stokes with closest to the pin shots.
Mixed flight winners were Jackie and Curt Koon, Chrissy Franklin and Chris McCann, while women’s flight winners were Jean Shaw, Gerrie Cook, Sue Lyons and Jacqui Bratt.
The YMCA raises funds for community needs, including programs such as preschool, after-school enrichment, camp scholarships, and youth sports to children and families who otherwise could not afford to participate.