Picture perfect weather greeted 125 golfers recently for tee-off at Island Country Club’s 14th Annual Charity Golf and Tennis Tournament. The event has raised more than $1.25 million since its inception, according to coordinator Gary Landis. The club’s charitable foundation (ICCCF, founded in 2000), has a two-fold purpose — promote community involvement and raise funds for local non-profit organizations.
The monetary awards are determined through a grant process. One of this year’s recipients is the American Cancer Society where funds are earmarked for pediatric cancer research. Groups who have benefitted over the years from the foundation include the Marco Island Charter Middle School, Avow Hospice, Habitat for Humanity of Collier County and First Tee of Collier County, which introduces golf to area teens. This year, each team participating in the tournament did so with a student golfer from the program.
Following a warm-up on the putting green and driving range, golfers enjoyed an alfresco lunchthen boarded their golf carts and hit the course. First place winning team included John Fuchs, Keith Fuchs, Doug Shantz, Peter Ferreria, George Loverde and Sydney Shrader. The second place team included Bill Schlegel, Elaine Schlegel, Terry McCreanor, Pat Murphy, Nick Gross and Jenna Tuccio. The third place team was composed of Steve Cormier, Elaine Cormier, John Pelling, Sally Pelling, Pat Pelling and Will Carlisle.
At the south end of the club, the tennis courts were busy as well with mixed-double play. This is the second year for the tennis portion of the event. A Flight winners Brock Wilson and Mary Nugent defeated Mike DeLazzer and Sally Abramo 8-7. B flight winners Jeff and Eileen Fisher defeated Ric Maly and Marge Eichman 8-2.
The golf and tennis event is the club’s second charitable endeavor of the year. In December, the club hosted the Joy of Giving, benefitting needy families.
For more information about ICCF, go to their website at www.ICCCFoundation.org.