WHITTINGTON – The 27th Annual Rend Lake College Foundation Golf Tournament was a huge success under sunny skies Thursday afternoon in Whittington. Participants witnessed a hole-in-one not once, but twice as a crowd of more than 250 charitable contributors played in support of the college.
Kenny Sentel of Benton sunk his drive on hole 8 and Dave Borland hit a hole-in-one on 26. But, it was Team Drew – Bryan Drew, Chuck Zueck, Kent Kosmotka, Mike Morgan and Elijah Sentel – that took top honors in the championship flight with an RLCF annual scramble low score of 50. The first-place finishers received brand-new golf bags for their achievement. All of those awarded were provided excellent prizes.
Runner-up in the championship flight went to the team of Bryan Farmer, Mike Burke, Jeff Shurtz, Mike Sutton, Kyle Viehl and Kirk Viehl with a 53, followed by Steve Holman, Craig Zinzilieta, Brent McLain, Denny Myers, Greg Hollmann and Donnie Millenbine with a 54.
The team of Corey Phillips, Dorothy Fiera, Krys Fisher, Bill Welch, Cindy Corn and Mary O’Neal grabbed fourth place, followed by Dale Brock, Roger Tippy, Brad Melvin, Tod Vantrease, Camden Hottis and David Lee.
First place in the A flight, with a score of 59, was Kenny Sentel, Greg Kimmel, Rob Hammond, Jim Neal, Dr. Richard Simpson and RLC Board of Trustees President Bill Simpson. Bob Bornheimer, Tony Wielt, Tim Smith, Paul Adams, Dennis Ivers and Bruce Barkau took second, followed by Team Bleyer in third, Team Mikutis in fourth and Team Ruffino in fifth.
As proof that everyone was rewarded for their effort on Thursday, Team Walgreen’s – Chris Johnson, Walter Wegner, Brian Prost, Brian McKay, Les Dalrymple and Luci Brooks – received prizes for coming in last with a score of 70.
Longest drive went to Leslie Wilce on hole 4 for the women and Mike Burke on hole 11 for the men. Mary O’Neal – an assistant women’s golf coach at RLC and longtime LPGA member – had the closest shot on the par-three hole 4 until RLC lady linkster Renee Ryterski hit a shot that stole Closest to the Pin honors. Kenny Sentel’s hole-in-one on 8 earned him the Closest to the Pin title for the men.
The College and its Foundation are honored to have hosted such a successful tournament and are indebted to the overwhelming support received at this year’s event. The public is encouraged to look for registration information when the 28th Annual RLCF Golf Tournament rolls around next summer.