Weather fails to dampen the spirit of Cheltenham Little League
2017 Ron Camp Golf Outing Winners
The forecast for Columbus Day was horrible, as remnants from Hurricane Nate were threatening the 22nd annual Cheltenham Little League Golf Outing.
Massive downpours, strong winds and flooding was expected to postpone or even cancel this year-in-the-making fundraiser that benefits CLL and the entire community.
However, the old postal service adage, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” certainly came into play, as 104 players competed on the 27 holes of Limekiln Golf Club in Ambler, Pa.
Although heavy rain did push the start back some 45 minutes, it did lighten up, sufficient for us to tee off just before noon. In fact, by the end of the day, the sun had peeked through the clouds, the rain had stopped and we enjoyed a great day for the league.
“This event was so well run,” said Fred Camp. “It was incredible that we got to play and the course held its own. We had such a great time.”
All outings require great partners and CLL’s is no exception, as our sponsors really came through in a big way. Cheltenham’s own Bruce Rangnow was one of our key sponsors, as was Art Krevitz & Associates, Barandon & Hollinger Real Estate, EZ Storage of Elkins Park, Lindinger’s Catering and Comcast Business, our golf ball sponsor.
I would be remiss for not mentioning Len Garza, President of Premier Group Insurance, Paul Bufty and the Financial Group of Philadelphia, State Representative Steve McCarter and UFCW Local 1776. These were just a small sample of the great support from the community. In fact, pictures of each foursome were taken by longstanding CLL photographer John Campoli. For a copy of our program, which lists all of our wonderful sponsors, please stop by the Woodland campus, so you can fully appreciate and support our community backers.
The golf was equally impressive, as the team of James, Sean and Dennis O’Brien along with David Schmidt carded an event record, fourteen-under-par 56 to post a four-shot win over the Paul Bufty group. Our skill prizes were awarded to, Eric Gantz, Joseph Murray and Roland Vollman for the straightest drives and Frank Punzo, Dan Trautwein and Sean O’Brien won closest to the pin honors. All players received donated awards from Spikes Trophies.
“I can’t believe we played,” said Roger Farrell, longtime golf outing enthusiast. “The greens were absolutely perfect, despite the rain. I love playing in this event year after year. From the great goodie bag that we receive at the beginning to the amazing prize table at the end. It’s hard to imagine that even though we didn’t win, I still got great gift.”
For the second year in a row, the Cheltenham Community supported the foursome of Chief John Frye, Detective John Barr and Sergeants Brian Griffin and Jesse Tyler from the police force.
The success of the event certainly came from the heavens, but also from our incredible volunteers led by Gail Chase. Not only did Gail craft our amazing baskets, but she gathered the best group of people to help make this outing the best in the area. Some of our wonderful assistance came from MaST Community Charter School, as six senior students from the National Honor Society helped our cause.
Finally, none of this could have been accomplished without the support, help and dedication from our Board of Directors and our golf committee. Tournament namesake Ron Camp, CLL President Michael Cornelison, Treasurer Tim Hassall, VP of Athletics Art Gordon, Secretary Dawn Vahey, Volunteer Coordinator Gail Chase, Challenger Division Coordinator Steve Glazier and Trish Feil deserve all the credit. I’m so lucky to be part of this great organization.
All the best and thank you, thank you and thank you.