by Holly Taylor
God must have been an LWGA member. How else can one explain a Monday monsoon yielding to perfect Savannah sunshine just in time for the LWGA Golfing for a Cure Tournament on Tuesday, April 24?
Under blue skies and amid a sea of pink outfits, the 252 golfers took over three courses for the signature scramble event, complete with free mulligans! Three prizes were awarded in each of the six flights and for closest to the pin on all par threes.
Thanks to the hard-working tournament committee and generous sponsors and raffle prize donors, the LWGA delivered $55,250 to fund cancer research at the Mercer University School of Medicine.
Tournament Co-Chair Maryce Cunningham announced that the money will support the newly created LWGA Summer Research Scholars and the LWGA members responded with a standing ovation.
The young scholars took the stage to introduce themselves and thank LWGA members for their support. One medical student said he is dedicating his career to cancer care after watching his mother, grandmother and aunt all struggle with cancer. Next year, we’ll hear back from the scholars on the work funded by the tournament.
Reminders were everywhere how cancer has touch so many lives at The Landings. Tribute ribbons hanging from the chandeliers were dedicated in honor of or in memory of more thna 100 cancer patients. Dozens of tee box sponsors recognized golfing buddies and family members for their battles with cancer.
An event like this does not happen magically. Maryce and Co-Chair Anne Warhola worked for months with their 20-member committee to solicit fabulous raffle prizes and art work and sponsors. Volunteers showed up Monday night to decorate the Plantation ballroom. A special nod to Mary Molnar, LWGA Tech czarina – she knocked the lights out with a slide show announcing the prize winners.
And, thank you to the golf staff for running a seamless tournament and to the Plantation club house staff for a delightful luncheon.
One might say it was a special at The Landings, but one could also say it was a typical day at The Landings.