It may have stormed at Eagle Creek after 13 holes of the Fisher-Titus Foundation fundraiser on Wednesday afternoon. But Dave Morgan and Dustin Lieber saw what was coming and sounded the horn, bringing all 32 four-person teams back under cover before anyone got wet.
"A couple of the volunteers may have got a bit damp," said Morgan, Eagle Creek's director of golf. "We were most fortunate to get that many holes in. We ducked it for the better part of four hours."
Equally happy that everyone got in safe and dry was Jill Kinzer, director of the Fisher-Titus Foundation.
"Everything went so well as far as filling the field," she said. "We had 32 teams this year, two more than last year. It is quite easy to sell this event, as there are so many players who return every year. When everything is payed, I would guess we would clear about $30,000.
"The rain is always a threat and this year was no different, — although it was not nearly as bad as four years ago when it rained all day,” Kinzer added. “The volunteers spent most of the day running towels out to the players. This year we managed to get that four hour window to get most of the 18 holes in. I’m sure everyone understands that the weather is out of our control and when it does hit, safety is our No. 1 goal."
Corporations who sponsored a four-person team who received course signage payed $1,050, while a foursome ponied up $825.
The tournament committee honored two players, Norwalk realtor Norma Schaechterle, and Craig Stahl from the Sandusky firm of Lake Shore Graphics. Both have played all 30 years of the event and received gift certificates.
The winning team by virtue of a scorecard playoff after finishing at 9-under, representing the Firelands Medical Group were Dan Moncher, Seth Ruggles, Jeremy Normington-Slay and Tom Forster. They edged the Edward Jones-sponsored foursome of Tom Schubert, Tim Nickoli, Steve Fries and Rod Bordman. All eight players were given $40 gift cards.
Finishing third at -8 was the Croghan National Bank foursome of Derek Newman, Kendall Rieman, Chris Price and Tom Secor. They won $25 each.
A team put together by Dr. Eric Schmidt finished fourth at 7-under. With Dr. Schmidt were two other doctors, Brian Murphy and Phil Engeler. The fourth was Bill Lund. They also won $25 each.
The individual hole prize winners, all of whom won $50 gift certificates included:
— Putting: Chris Price and Willie Woodruff.
— Proximity: Greg Heitkamp, Tim Nickoli (holed out second-shot on No. 7), Greg Shope and Nancy Dilger.
— Drives: Chip More, Rod Bordman, Tyler Wickham, Norma Schaechterle.
— Proximity to 150 post: Tom Secor.