Oswego Industries’ Golf Open Raises $6,582

Oswego Industries, Inc. raised a net profit of $6,582 at its 5th Annual Oswego Industries, Inc. Golf Open, held June 25 at Battle Island Golf Course in Fulton. Funds raised will benefit rehabilitation programs at Oswego Industries, which has been providing services to individuals with disabilities in Oswego County since 1968. Players enjoyed perfect weather that Friday morning, and tested themselves at the event’s signature “Disability Hole” challenge. Photos and video of the day can be seen at Oswego Industries, Inc.’s Facebook page.

This year’s challenge was for players to balance on a rocker board, which shifted left and right under their weight, while teeing off on the first hole. Using a piece of therapy equipment from Oswego Industries’ facility, the contest was a playful reminder of the real challenges faced by many Oswego County citizens every day. Each year, players at the Disability Hole are required to tee off while simulating a disability. The challenge changes each year, and is a closely guarded secret up until the day of the tournament.

The winning team for this year’s tournament was “Royal Flush,” captained by Andrew Dorr of Liverpool. The prize for Last Place – also called the “Honesty Award” – was given to the team captained by Lois Luber of the United Way, and her players Diane Dillon, Queenie O’Neill-Sands, and Grace Burritt. The Par 3 Poker prize was won by the team of Jim and Patty Schaefer, Oswego Industries, Inc. program participant Paul Crane, and Pat Devendorf.

Winner of the Disability Hole contest for the men was Ben Evans of Liverpool. Winner of the Closest to the Pin contest for the men was Rich Lucio of Syracuse. Winner of the Longest Drive contest for the men was Larry Steinburg of Oswego. And in a clean sweep, Kelly Wells of Fulton won all three contests for the women.

Oswego Industries, Inc. is a private, not-for-profit Community Rehabilitation Program which has been providing programs and services to adults with disabilities since 1968. Services include pre-vocational and vocational training, day habilitation services, and Medicaid Service Coordination. Its mission is to be a partner in the development of comprehensive community services designed to improve the quality of life for all people, with the primary emphasis on those with disabilities, by providing the necessary support programs to enable individuals to grow with dignity and achieve their highest level of independence and self-fulfillment. Most recently, the organization was named winner of the Chamber of Commerce Not-For-Profit of the Year Award for 2009. Its sister agency, ARC of Oswego County, provides services to children and seniors with disabilities: together creating a comprehensive support system for Oswego County residents with disabilities.