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United Way golf tournament a go for August

By Ginny Kropf, correspondent Posted 30 June 2020 at 8:13 am

Provided photo: This team from Drum Oil in Gasport is shown at last year’s United Way golf tournament. After postponing this year’s event originally scheduled in June, United Way has decided to go ahead with the tournament on Aug. 14 at Shelridge Country Club.

MEDINA – It is a decision made with a lot of consideration, but United Way of Orleans County is going ahead with its annual golf tournament.

Originally scheduled in early June, the event was postponed due to the pandemic, but has been rescheduled for Aug. 14 at Shelridge Country Club.

The golf tournament is a major fundraiser for United Way, and with its partner agencies all experiencing increased requests for assistance due to the coronavirus, United Way’s board felt it was imperative to try and have the tournament.

Initial response to the tournament has been very strong, said executive director Dean Bellack. As far as he knows, this is one of the few local charity outings still taking place scheduled this summer.

“I am an optimist and I’m confident we can safely pull it off,” Bellack said.

The county is in Phase 4 of the state’s reopening. This means the tournament will be able to have a buffet, and two people will be allowed to share a cart if they both agree. Country club manager Brett Decker will rent extra carts if necessary.

Bellack said he expects a record number of golfers to sign up for this year’s tournament. He said if there is a foursome, two can walk but will be able to put their clubs on the cart.

Bellack has been a member of Shelridge Country Club and he said it is in the best shape he’s ever seen it.

The tournament will begin with registration at 7:30 p.m., followed by a 9 a.m. tee-off. The day will include a light breakfast, lunch at the turn and dinner about 2:30 p.m. with suitable accommodations for social distancing. Anyone who feels safer alone will also be accommodated. The tournament is a traditional scramble with prizes for closest to the pin, long drives and men’s, women’s and mixed teams.

“We are in need of baskets to raffle, prizes to raffle and giveaways,” Bellack said.

“We hope everyone is anxious to get out and do something for themselves and the community we serve,” Bellack said.  “Most of all, we need golfers.”

Early bird registration by July 1 is $90 or $360 for a foursome. Regular registration will be $100 per individual or $400 for a foursome. For a dinner guest only, the cost will be $30.

Opportunities are available for sponsorships, ads in the program or donations.

Registration forms are available on the United Way website, or by contacting Bellack at Director@OrleansUnitedWay.org. Information is available by calling (585) 283-4224.

Rain date is Aug. 28.

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