Community chips in for a great cause

Top picture: Bob Teter (right), Executive Director of SOS, presents Justin Timm with his winnings from claiming first place in the Siuslaw Open’s putting contest. Middle picture: The winners of the team score competition was the team from Coldwell Banker-Coast Real Estate that included, from left, Nick Johnson, Andy Johnson, Jordan Johnson and Jack Butler. Bottom picture: The team sponsored by Lofy Construction was matching in Hawaiian gear and won “Best Dressed” at the 12th Annual Siuslaw Open. The team was, from left, Davian Frazier, Greg Lofy, Carl Frazier and Dan Lofy. Photos courtesy Bob Teter

12th annual Siuslaw Open benefits Siuslaw Outreach Services

Sept. 20, 2022 — Florence Golf Links was the scene for the 12th Annual Siuslaw Open Benefit Golf Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 10. It was presented by Oregon Pacific Bank, Florence Dental Clinic, PeaceHealth Peace Harbor, Elks Lodge #1858, Abel Insurance, Banner Bank and Gary Kadel. Eighty-eight golfers and 16 volunteers were on the Scottish style course to raise funds to support programs and resources to benefit victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, human trafficking and homelessness.

In team score competition, Coldwell Banker-Coast Real Estate #1 (Andy Johnson, Nick Johnson, Jordan Johnson and Jack Butler) finished first with a score of 58, winning a golf package from Pine Ridge Golf Course. Second Place went to Florence Dental Clinic. Coldwell Banker-Coast Real Estate #3 placed third. The Band of Brothers came in last, winning golf lessons from Florence Golf Links Pro, Nik Remer.

The tournament used the Calloway Scoring Method.

There was a fierce battle in the putting contest with three individuals facing off in a “Putt-off” because they all sunk the 30’ putt in the competition. In the end, it was Justin Timm winning the $100 and the trophy.

Kim Renteria’s name was drawn to attempt sinking a 60’ putt to win $5,000. Unfortunately, her putt narrowly missed the cup by a few inches.

Nick Johnson won the men’s long drive. Jeff Earnshaw won the men’s KP on hole #11. Emma Timm was a double winner with the top drives in both the KP contest on hole #11 and the women’s long drive competition. In the Poker Run, “The Birdie’s OR Bust” won $140 with a full house. Lofy Construction won the prize for “Best Dressed Team,” all wearing Hawaiian theme shirts. Chrissy Davis and Ed Davis both won the straight drive competition.

No one scored a “hole-in-one” sponsored by Johnston Motors on hole #5 to win a new Ford Bronco. Even so, everyone had fun at the signature Chipping Contest following the tournament with three players landing shots in the kiddie pools.

This year’s event raised a net of almost $14,000. Tournament co-chair and Siuslaw Outreach Services (SOS) Board Member Justin Young was thrilled about the number of golfers.

“We had a great turnout and the weather cooperated,” said Young.

SOS Executive Director Bob Teter added, “This success of this event will help us help many families who are struggling.”

Knowing those challenges, the golf committee of Young, Stephanie Restrepo, Mary Hamilton, Nick Johnson, Rick Yecny, Dr. Brian Holmes, Jim Renteria and Teter, along with SOS Board of Directors and staff, want to thank the following businesses and individuals for making the event so successful:

Oregon Pacific Bank, Florence Dental Clinic, PeaceHealth, Abel Insurance, Florence Elks Lodge 1858, Banner Bank, Johnston Motors, Gary Kadel, Hanawalt/Ferguson-Attorneys At Law, Florence Rotary Club, 1285 Restobar, Hyak, Jerry’s Place, Dutch Bros, Sign Stop, Siuslaw News, KCST Radio, Copeland Lumber, Florence Motor Sports, Shirvin’s Tire & Auto, Lighthouse Electric, Siuslaw Glass & Mirror, King Estates Winery, Holloway & Assoc., Hop Valley Brewery, Safeway, Fred Meyer, State Farm Insurance-Sue Gilday, Coldwell Banker-Coast Real Estate, US Bank, Florence Glass, 4 Color Pro, Lofy Construction, Laurel Bay Gardens, American Legion and Disabled American Veterans, Michael & Nancy Pearson, Yecny Family, Phil & Denise Tarvin, SOS Board of Directors, Steve & Lori Gates, Justin & Elisha Young, Bob Teter, the many volunteers and the staff at Florence Golf Links.

The success of this event could not happen without these community partners.

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