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Golfers swing in support of Blue Mountain Hospital

Funds go toward new nurse call system.
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Published on July 31, 2018 4:43PM

Jessica Knowles participates in Saturday’s Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation golf scramble at the John Day Golf Club.

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Jessica Knowles participates in Saturday’s Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation golf scramble at the John Day Golf Club.

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Jenna Knowles, Brenda Venturacci and Sally Knowles watch as Jessica Knowles putts as they compete in the Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation golf scramble fundraiser.

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Jenna Knowles, Brenda Venturacci and Sally Knowles watch as Jessica Knowles putts as they compete in the Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation golf scramble fundraiser.

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Gaylene Moyers drives the ball at the start of Saturday’s golf scramble, her daughter Shae Voigt looking on. Moyers’ daughter Cecylee Bruce and Rebekah Rand were also on the team, and all work for the Blue Mountain Hospital District.

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Gaylene Moyers drives the ball at the start of Saturday’s golf scramble, her daughter Shae Voigt looking on. Moyers’ daughter Cecylee Bruce and Rebekah Rand were also on the team, and all work for the Blue Mountain Hospital District.

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From left, the team of Torin Foster, Lucas Moore, Reuben Harvey and Shane Koppel enjoy competing at Saturday’s scramble at the John Day golf club.

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From left, the team of Torin Foster, Lucas Moore, Reuben Harvey and Shane Koppel enjoy competing at Saturday’s scramble at the John Day golf club.

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A team of golfers hit the ball down the fairway Saturday at the Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation golf scramble at the John Day Golf Club.

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A team of golfers hit the ball down the fairway Saturday at the Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation golf scramble at the John Day Golf Club.

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The team of Shane Koppel, left, Reuben Harvey, Torin Foster and Lucas Moore participate in Saturday’s golf scramble.

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The team of Shane Koppel, left, Reuben Harvey, Torin Foster and Lucas Moore participate in Saturday’s golf scramble.

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Shane Koppel drives the ball at Saturday’s 12th Annual Blue Mountain Hospital Foundation Fundraiser Golf Scramble.

The Eagle/Angel Carpenter Shane Koppel drives the ball at Saturday’s 12th Annual Blue Mountain Hospital Foundation Fundraiser Golf Scramble.

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Brad Smith is in the driver’s sea,t with Matt Wenick beside him and Billy Colson at left, as he and his team participate in Saturday’s golf scramble, on the winning team. Jay Kenyon was also on their team.

The Eagle/Angel Carpenter Brad Smith is in the driver’s sea,t with Matt Wenick beside him and Billy Colson at left, as he and his team participate in Saturday’s golf scramble, on the winning team. Jay Kenyon was also on their team.

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Seasoned golfers and those new to the sport had an enjoyable day on the John Day Golf Club course Saturday at the 12th Annual Blue Mountain Healthcare Foundation Fundraiser Golf Scramble held at the John Day Golf Club.

All funds raised this year will benefit a new nurse call system at the hospital. A total of $9,000 has been raised so far.

“This call system is going to cost over $100,000, so we have a big goal ahead of us for the year,” said Foundation Director Jena Knowles.

“The Foundation board is made up of community members, local business owners, and hospital employees who are all passionate about healthcare in Grant County,” she said, adding the funds raised go to the hospital district, usually to purchase something that is needed but that may not be included in the budget for the year.

Knowles joined 60 other golfers and played on a team with family members, including her mother-in-law Sally Knowles.

“We’re just so happy to be out here on a beautiful day in support of the hospital with family,” Sally said.

There were 16 teams in all, with some representing businesses, and at least one group represented a town.

Torin Foster said his teammates Lucas Moore, Shane Koppel and Reuben Harvey talked him into joining in.

“We’re here to support the hospital and represent Seneca,” he said.

Their team finished in second place gross.

Winning first gross were Brad Smith, Matt Wenick, Jay Kenyon and Billy Colson.

Smith said because it was a fundraiser, the team donated their winnings back — so did all the other teams — and they also donated their 50/50 raffle winnings back.

Jena Knowles called the event a success.

“A huge thank you to everyone that came out to play, all the businesses and individuals that sponsored our event, and the John Day Golf Club for allowing us to use their great course,” she said.

Results

First gross: Brad Smith, Matt Wenick, Jay Kenyon and Billy Colson

Second gross: Lucas Moore, Reuben Harvey, Shane Koppel and Torin Foster

First net: Lucas Moore, Reuben Harvey, Shane Koppel and Torin Foster

Second net: Keith Thomas, Bob Houser, Greg Jennings and Brandon Sickler

Highest gross: Brenda Mosier, Carmen Gardner, Denise Houser and Rayne Houser

Highest net: Brenda Mosier, Carmen Gardner, Denise Houser and Rayne Houser

Long drive, men: Matt Wenick

Long drive, women: Lacy Avera

KP, men: John Avera

KP, women: Lacy Avera

Men’s winners: Brad Smith, Jay Kenyon, Matt Wenick















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