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Golf aids Lions Club efforts, adds special memories

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The event was a success, and for its return to the club last weekend, the Lonkarts went a step further, also sponsoring the sixth hole. “We’ll enjoy the view even more,” he said. “The cooperation of the club has been great. It’s certainly a fantastic place to have it,” he said, during the post-tournament awards luncheon that was moved to the Worthington clubhouse this time from the Lions Club headquarters last year. A total of 56 participants — foursomes of Lions Club and Worthington Club members plus friends and guests — played in a scramble format the 18-hole, 6,867-yard, par 72 course that was designed by the renowned Gordon Lewis. Special long drive, closest to pin and longest putt contests and challenges along with many raffles and silent auctions of valuable prizes during the lunch added to the excitement and fundraising.

Robert Hilliard, Lions Club treasurer and chairman of the tournament that he also participated in, said, “This is an important event for us,” adding afterwards that it raised approximately $7,000. “The course is beautiful.”

The top-three finishing foursomes were Al Greenwood, Kelvin Kiewiet, Dan Hanson and Chip Greenwood, 56; Phil Debiasi, Bret Jones, Paul Passaro and Sean Conley, 59; and Jon Davis, Linda Davis, Joel Whittenhall and Rich Long, 61.

Passion for the Lions Club’s efforts and golf both run deep for the Davis couple, who also played in last year’s tournament and belong to the Naples Grande Beach Resort. Jon’s father was a two-time Lion of the Year in his native Illinois, and the couple played at the august St. Andrew’s Golf Club in Scotland two years ago during a tour of the United Kingdom.

“The Worthington did such a great job,” said Linda, who also won the women’s longest drive contest.

Three teams finished tied for fourth at 62: Richard Decola, Sal Carbino, Bob Schroeder and Steve Bennette; Mike Bottiglio, Dan Nicolette, Tim Unger and Rich Burgeson; and John Otis, Archie Moore, John Anderson and Morris Courchesne.

The event supported the organization’s mission of the eradication of preventable blindness and deafness that includes providing free vision and hearing exams at its clinic; eyeglasses and hearing aids to the needy along with assistance to the Foundation for the Disabled, Literacy Council, Boy Scouts and schools plus other community support programs. The local chapter began in our community in 1962.

Local Lions Club events include conducting markets during season at Depot Park on Wednesdays and at its headquarters on Saturdays, hosting a pancake breakfast every Saturday from January through March plus operating a thrift store.

The Lonkarts also have a soft spot for Worthington’s 18th hole — their son was married on its green followed by a reception in the clubhouse in May of 2010. “We have lots of great memories here,” added Bill.