OSWEGO, NY — Golfers from two leagues at the new Stone Creek Golf Club (formerly Griffin’s Greens) in Oswego joined forces recently to tee off against cancer.
Members of the Tuesday Elks Men’s League and the Tuesday Women’s League formed mixed teams and played a special round of golf to raise money for Oswego County Opportunities’ Cancer Services Program.
Golfers made donations, and additional money was raised through a variety of drawings held throughout the day for items donated by supporters of the Cancer Services Program.
According to Tuesday Women’s League member and organizer Tina Bourgeois, the event raised a total of $1,262.
OCO’s Cancer Services Program offers free screenings for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colon cancer to uninsured men and women ages 40-64.
The program, which partners with more than 25 medical providers in Oswego County, receives funding from the New York State Department of Health and from the Susan G. Komen Foundation of CNY.
“Additional funds received through local organizations and caring community members such as the group of golfers at Stone Creek Golf Club allow OCO’s Cancer Services Program to extend its services to younger age groups,” said program manager Carolyn Handville. “This is the fifth year that these teams have raised money specifically for OCO’s Cancer Services Program. Their efforts are extraordinary and I commend them for their generosity.”
For the second year in a row the Elks Men’s team was able to join the women on the golf course.
“The enthusiasm of the Elks Men’s team and its generous donation were greatly appreciated. We enjoyed a day of camaraderie that brought everyone together to show their support for such a worthy cause as OCO’s Cancer Services Program. It’s a great way to give back to our community and I’m glad to say that our tournament has gotten bigger and bigger every year. I was especially pleased that we were able to have it at my home course, Stone Creek Golf Club. Owners Will Weimer and Scott Baker were excited to host the event. They painted all the women’s tee boxes pink and assisted us in anything we needed,” said Bourgeois.
“Additionally, the support we received from Sandy Kunzwiler and Gabby Griffin at the course and the donations we received for our drawings from Ellen Gaffney and Paul and Denise Stepien were also instrumental in the overall success of our tournament,” added Bourgeois.
“To see this fun loving group all dressed in pink to help support OCO’s Cancer Services Program is heartwarming to say the least,” said Handville. “Their ongoing efforts to help the community are amazing.”
Administered through Oswego County Opportunities, the Cancer Services Program Partnership of Oswego County offers a number of cancer screening services including colorectal cancer screenings, clinical breast exams, mammograms, and pap/pelvic exams.
These screenings are available free of charge and play an important part in maintaining good health. For more information about the program, contact Carolyn Handville at 315-592-0830 or visit www.oco.org.