Jeremy Steiner, Golf Professional at Golden Bear Golf Club at Indigo Run on Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, and Office Administrator Jessica Rudd recently organized a very special Magic Moment with a tribute to the club’s oldest founding Member.
The Member, Ann Ratomsky, who is 91 years old, still plays a little golf, walks to the club everyday for coffee and conversation and happens to make some of the best chocolate cookies ever. She also, from time to time, has requested a bench be put near the putting green.
This past year, Ratomsky’s husband passed away and she suffered a minor stroke.
It was then that Jeremy and Jessica decided they needed to celebrate Ratomsky and all that she means to the club.
They surprised her – along with many of the Women’s League golfers – with flowers, Champagne, a luncheon and a bench on the putting green with a plaque in her name. Ratomsky was shocked and touched by the gesture. She not only uses the bench daily as she practices her swing but always wants to know who else has been sitting on “her” bench.
A very special Magic Moment indeed!
Head golf professionals at three of ClubCorp’s Hilton Head, S.C. clubs competed in a golf marathon on November 7, 2012, playing as many holes as possible to support The First Tee.
Play began at 7:30 a.m. for Chip Pellerin, head golf pro at The Country Club of Hilton Head; Lance Buntin, head golf pro at The Golf Club at Indigo Run; Jeremy Steiner, head golf pro at Golden Bear Golf Club and Dan Riker, general manager of The Golf Club at Indigo Run and Golden Bear Golf Club. By the time they decided to break for lunch, the group had already completed 72 holes in under 5 hours!
The team accepted pledges and donations for every hole they played throughout the day. And although the golf marathon concluded that day, the pros plan to continue their campaign at their respective Clubs.
“Golf has a long history of giving back and we are proud to be a part of the impact of The First Tee,” said Pellerin. “The movement is spreading across the nation and young people truly benefit from the training and core values they receive. As golf professionals we are showing our support by raising awareness through this and other initiatives at our Clubs and in the community.”
Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has been able to impact more than 6.5 million young people through a network that boasts 194 chapters offering programs at more than 700 golf facilities, 4,800 elementary schools and 120 U.S. military installations. Through 2017, The First Tee’s goal is to reach 10 million additional young people and grow the network to 1,200 golf facilities, 10,000 elementary schools and 350 other youth-serving locations. Programs such as the golf marathon in Hilton Head, will help make this goal a reality.
The amount raised is still being tabulated since the generous donations are still coming in to all the Clubs. Thank you to all who participated!