Golfers from around the area gathered at Grinnell Golf and Country Club on Friday, June 8, for the Grinnell Games Golf Tournament. This tournament was a partnership between Grinnell Regional Medical Center and the Grinnell Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Grinnell Golf and Country Club. Both the morning and afternoon sessions were full with 72 golfers playing 18 holes in each session.
Taking home the $1,000 prize was the team of Shane Hart, Nick Kuiper, Peter Marsho, and Jeff Millet sponsored by The Identity Group. It was a very competitive finish in the first flight as all three teams posted a score of 56. Place was determined using scores on certain individual holes. Second place went to the team of Jeff Bates, Scott Gilbert, Mike Mesick, and Mike Winblade, sponsored by HyVee Food Store. Taking third place was the team sponsored by Lincoln Savings Bank, Rich Gogg, Amanda Hintz, Steve Opsal, and Jim Ramsey.
Second flight winners were from Cisco Systems with Kent Chapman, Scott Ireland, and Sean Parker. Second place, second flight went to the team of Tony Foth, Jim Green, Tom Szary, and Heidi Thompson, sponsored by Associated Computer Systems. Third place, second flight went to Team BMI/GRMC of Tom Mellon, Tom Mellon, Jr., Levi Kannedy, and Vladimir Titarenko.
Third flight winners were Jay Herbers, Mark Johnson, Ryan O’Roake, and Adam Smith, sponsored by Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. Second place, third flight went to the team sponsored by Brookwood, Inc. and Schoon Construction of Matt Hagman, Jack Schmidt, LeRoy Schoon, and Mike Wood. Third place, third flight went to JT Anderson, Skip Lowe, Tim Lowe, and Mark Thayer, sponsored by Bernie Lowe and Associates.
This year’s eagle sponsors were Associated Computer Systems, Bernie Lowe and Associates, Cisco Systems, Grinnell College, Grinnell State Bank, Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company, and JELD-WEN.
The GRMC golf outing is a best shot, four-person team format planned by a committee of community members. They are Jeanette Budding, Dr. Scott Collings, Mary Duke, Becky Froias, Scott Gilbert, Dr. Nick Kuiper, Denise Lamphier, Darcy Swick, and Jan Veach.
“We are excited to be working with the Grinnell Chamber on this golf tournament,” says Todd Linden, GRMC president and CEO. “It really is a great partnership for the entire community.”
“This spring when I have been at meetings out of town talking about Grinnell Games and this golf tournament in particular, I talk about this great collaboration between the hospital and the chamber,” says Angela Harrington, executive director, Grinnell Chamber of Commerce. “The most common response is, ‘That’s so Grinnell.’
The golf tournament included contests at each hole. On the first hole, golfers tried to see who could land closest to the pin in one shot. The winners were Tim Lowe and Becky Froias, who each picked up a $50 HyVee gift card, courtesy of HyVee Food Store.
On hole 2, golfers competed to have a better tee-off than Grinnell Golf and Country Club pro Mitch Burr. Bernie Lowe and Associates put up $500 to the first golfer to get a hole-in-one. No one was able to earn the $500 prize.
Kim Chapman and Doug Messick each won $50 in Grinnell Chamber Bucks, courtesy of KJWW Engineering, for the longest drives on hole 3.
The University of Iowa Community Credit Union sponsored the contest on hole 4. Tony Foth and Dee Fairchild won $50 in Grinnell Chamber Bucks, for sinking the longest putt.
At hole 5, Tyler Harter and Jamie Wang claimed the contest landing their ball closest to the bedpan and each won $50 in Grinnell Chamber Bucks.
Michael’s sponsored the contest on hole 6. Jonathan Manatt’s name was drawn from a four-way tie to win $50 Michael’s gift certificate getting closest to the pin in two shots. The women’s winner was Donna Zylstra.