Scores of golfers were seen walking around in a fog early Saturday morning at Cedar Hammock Golf & Country Club in East Naples.
Actually, some of them were fully awake, and many were riding in carts, but all were playing in the Greater Marco Family YMCA’s 17th Annual Golf Tournament.
The morning was moist and misty as the golfers checked in at 7 a.m., and a light drizzle did fall for a few minutes during the round, but not enough to interrupt play or dampen spirits.
“The Scott Gibbs team is the one to beat,” said player Vip Grover as he took some practice swings. YMCA CEO Cindy Love kept track of the cash as golfers bought Mulligans before the start, and for an extra 20 bucks for the cause, Cedar Hammock’s head pro Joe Yackamovich would hit your tee shot on number 10, where he was reported to be averaging about 270 yards.
“We came in second for the ladies, so we won silver,” said tournament director Jean Shaw, who is a member and resident of Cedar Hammock. “Of course, there were only two foursomes all-female, so I can’t say we deserved it.” Like many golfers, she bemoaned her poor play, but perhaps had a better excuse than most, as she was also running the tourney. “That’s embarrassing, when it’s your course, and you know it,” said Shaw.
The event was a four-person scramble, with a shotgun start. Altogether, 126 golfers played in the tournament, which is a major fundraiser for the Y.
“We’re a couple of foursomes short from last year, but we always have a good turnout,” said Shaw. It was, she said, the third or fourth year the event had been held at Cedar Hammock.
Player Bill Laimbeer Sr. took a philosophical attitude. Asked how the round was going, he replied, “We’re having fun.” To a follow-up question, “hitting them well?” he repeated, “We’re having fun.”
Janet Saltarelli put her tee shot impressively close on hole number four, although she didn’t sink it and win a new Lexus for two years, which required a hole in one. Jim Ramage was good-natured about having his picture taken retrieving a ball from the woods, but did make the point that it wasn’t his shot that had gone in there.
Gene Ilnicki, Russell Johnson, Larry Paladino, and Tee McCabe finished first in the men’s division with a 56, winning a round of golf at Treviso Bay. Top women’s finishers Anna Carr, Tat Macknick, Carolyn Fee, and Evalyn Studier won a round at the Quarry. Mixed division winners Curt and Jacquie Koon, Vip Grover and Jim Long won a round at Twin Eagles. Brian Day and Anna Carr won for the longest drives.
In addition to the golf awards at the luncheon, winners were drawn for the Marco YMCA’s “Win-Win-Win” raffle. Y board member Carl Titgemeier had the top ticket, opting for the round of golf and lunch for four at Island Country Club. Jean Stolz chose next, opting for the 42-inch widescreen HDTV. Curt Koon collected the third prize, an Amazon Kindle.
“We’re happy to host the Y,” Yackamovich said. “This is our one outside charity tournament, the only one we do.”