Borgess-Lee outing a success despite lower numbers, rain

EAU CLAIRE — Golfers dodged the rain at Indian Lake Hills Golf Course in Eau Claire to participate in the Ascension Borgess-Lee Memorial Golf Outing Friday.

A few stray showers would not keep 31 teams from helping to raise money for the Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation.

The money raised at this year’s golf outing will go toward Borgess-Lee Memorial Hospital’s radiology department’s Women’s Health Center, which provides a private and comfortable place for patients receiving ultrasounds, mammography and bone density services.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the foundation had to trim the field by five teams in order to have enough carts to make sure proper social distancing was maintained.

“Despite all the challenges we were able to get 31 teams out to golf in a safe and fun environment,” said Beth Cripe, development coordinator of Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation.   We (the Ascension Borgess-Lee Foundation Board and myself) are appreciative for all the community support in raising money for the hospital despite all the increased hurdles we had to overcome.”

The outing had to make a few changes to remain in line with state guidelines for hosting events. Michigan currently allows groups of 250 people or fewer to gather together outside. Handling the food and beverage carts needed to be addressed.

The foundation said that food was individually wrapped. As far as carts go, the state has allowed golf courses to decide on whether or not they allow one or two players per cart. The plan is to have two players per cart as usual, but anyone who would prefer to have their own cart may request one at the time of registration. Masks are also optional due to the event being outside.

Cripe said the results from the outing will be made public shortly.

“The final count on funds raised is not complete yet, although I expect numbers to be down due to fewer teams, sponsorships and increased cost to keep the event safe,” she said. “We will not be disappointed with the results. Money was raised for the foundation. Golfers had a great day and the outdoor event was conducted safely following CDC guidelines and therefore it was a successful event.”

Indian Lake Hills played a huge part in making sure the event could be hosted.

“Also, we would like to send a huge thank you to Indian Lake Hills for partnering with us to make sure the golf outing went off safely without a hitch and to all the volunteers and sponsors who made the day possible,” Cripe said.

Here is a list of the sponsors, prize and money donors to the event:


Major Sponsor

St. Denys Foundation

Gift Bag Sponsor

Preferred Printing, Inc.-Rich and Sue McCormick

Grill Station Sponsor

Matthew Cripe, DDS

Closest to Pin: Male

Wolverine Mutual Insurance Company

Closest to Pin: Female

Havel-An Emcor CompanyLongest Drive: Male

Lyons Industries, Inc.

Longest Drive: Female

Edward Jones Investments-Kim MacGregor,

Financial Advisor

Longest Drive 60 and over: Male

Cass County COA-Front Street Crossing

Longest Drive 60 and over: Female

Additional sponsors

Booth’s Country Florist, Allergy Asthma & Sinus Center, Aftab Ansari, M.D., Arnt Asphalt Sealing Inc., Ascension Borgess Hospital, A.V.B., Donald and Vicary Blackmond, Bud Distributing, Central Produce Sales, Inc., Creative Vinyl Signs, Double M Painting Services, Dowagiac Union Schools, Eckman Chiropractic Clinic, Edward Jones Investments-John Seculoff, Financial Advisor, Fifth Third Bank, File Land Company, Frederick Construction Inc., Hale’s True Value Hardware, Hannapel Home Center, Harding’s Markets West, IBID County Electric, Inc., Image Specialties, Imperial Furniture, Indian Lake Hills Golf Course, Krook Container, Inc., Lutz Masonry & Concrete, Midwestern Pathology, PLC, Mitchell Lawn Care & Landscape, LLC, Oil Can Alley, Rohdy’s Heating and Cooling, Joan Schmidt, Southwest Vision Center, Southwestern Michigan College, Superior Shine, Tower Pinkster, John A. Vylonis Custom Building


Brent Brewer, Cass County Council on Aging, Tom Carlson, Larry Crandall, Matthew Cripe, DDS

Carrie Freeman, Edward Jones Investments-John Seculoff, The Hairitage, Harding’s Friendly Market, Amanda Hassle, Honor Credit Union, Indian Lake Hills Golf Course, Becky Moore, Preferred Printing, Inc./Rich and Sue McCormick, Ridge Auto Parts-Larry Brewer, Shani Zinn


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