Olympians hit the links for charity
LAKE PLACID — In perfect golf conditions, the foursomes from Northern Insuring and Elizabethtown Community Hospital came through with trophy-winning performances in the 17th annual United Way Olympic Celebrity Classic.
The four-person scramble tournament was held Tuesday on the Mountain Course at the Lake Placid Club and Resort and featured 27 teams that represented businesses and organizations from across the North County. Guest celebrity golfers, including numerous winter Olympians, national team athletes and coaches, and members of the local media, joined each team to fill out the foursomes for the tourney.
Northern Insuring and Elizabethtown Hospital finished tied for first with 12-under par 58s. The Elizabethtown Hospital team of Kristin and Cory Thompson and Matt Driemiller, and U.S. National Team bobsledder Carlo Valdes won the Michael Mannix Memorial Trophy for the low net score. The Northern Insuring foursome of Ed Davis, Bryce Hanson, Kiefer Casler and longtime bobsled and skeleton broadcaster John Morgan were awarded the Jack Shea Memorial Trophy for low gross.
“We hit it pretty well today,” said Davis, a Morrisonville resident. “We hit the ball close enough where we didn’t struggle making putts. Everybody played a role.”
The wins didn’t stop at low net for Northern Insuring. Davis won the men’s long drive contest for the second straight year and the team also claimed a skin. Two skins awarded went to Elizbethtown Hospital, which also gave that team a tournament to remember.
Davis expressed his appreciation to the Lake Placid Resort’s Art Lussi and the crew at the course.
“Art and his staff made it easy for us,” Davis said. “They made sure we had everything we needed, made sure things went smoothly. It was a really enjoyable day.”
Last year’s champions, Burnham Financial, placed third this time around with a 9-under par 61. Burnham Financial included the Lake Placid trio of Don Mortensen, Ian Coryea and Dave Clark and freestyle skier Justin Schoenefeld.
UA Plumbers and Murnane Builders finished tied for fourth with rounds of 64.
Also picking up prizes were Jeff Kellogg of the Union Operating team for the men’s closest to the pin, and Judy Shea for the women’s longest drive.
The tournament typically raises an average of $10,000 each year for the United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc.
United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. is a voluntary fund-raising and human services organization founded in 1949 and has offices in Elizabethtown, Malone and Plattsburgh that serve Clinton, Essex and Franklin counties. The United Way and its volunteer Board of Directors has worked to unite a cross section of volunteers and agencies, both public and private, in a community-wide effort to deliver needed health and human service programs. United Way of the Adirondack Region, Inc. and its 42 partner agencies collectively served 80,000 people last year in the three counties.