The Newport Country Club Ladies League Susan B. Komen Invitational will take place on Thursday, July 26th at the Newport Country Club. Between 80 and 100 participants are expected to take part in this year’s event. Last year the event raised $ 7,000 for North Country Hospital.
Registration will begin at 7:30 AM, with a shotgun start at 9:00 AM. The day is prepped to be anything but the average round of golf. Competing in teams of two, the tournament will be held in a best ball format. There will be three flights, with prizes for the top two teams in each flight. There will also be prizes awarded for being closest to the pin, and for hitting the longest straightest ball.
If any player lands a ball on a ribbon that will be painted on hole 16, they will win a prize. Any player who lands in the pond on the 9th hole is entered into a drawing for a full sleeve of balls. Players who make a hole-in-one on any of the par 3 holes will win one of several prizes, including a car donated by Hayes Ford. Also up to be won are prizes from many local businesses in a raffle, and a separate raffle for a pink lap quilt donated by Helen Sykes.
Before the tournament begins, players will have the opportunity to purchase a colored stone that will allow them forgo driving on the 7th hole, and a “Wow Package” which bestows the player with a mulligan, a “sandy”(the opportunity to throw the ball from a sand trap rather then hit it) a “pinko” (the player does not have to put on the green of their choice), and an arms length of raffle tickets.
The golfing will be succeeded by a lunch buffet and an auction featuring a Will Moses print, a Mammogram from North Country Hospital and a Golf and Stay package at Jay Peak among other prizes.
“None of this would be possible without businesses and citizens giving us donations and sponsorships” says Sue Lefevre “Its not just what you see that day – we’ve been working on this for a long time.” She mentions 50/50 raffles with the Men’s League, penny-a-stroke nights with the Women’s League, and even a garage sale recently put on by members of the Women’s League. Lefevre also noted that the Newport Country Club has been very supportive of their efforts.
Lefevre cites their ability to keep everything local as one of the selling points for the tournament. According to her, it reduces the overhead and more of the funds raised go to the cause