It appears that the event raised in excess of $18,000, which will be sent to an organization in Tucson, Arizona, called Service Dogs for Independence, founded by Elizabeth Morris. The day started with approximately 128 golfers registering and checking in at 10 am, followed by a shot gun start at noon, and finishing up the afternoon with a helicopter ball drop, with the winner receiving $2500. 31 blue balloons were released by family members representing what would have been Lauren’s 31st birthday on October 20. Dinner, golf awards, silent auction, and raffle prizes were next.
But I think everyone would agree that the highlight was the presentation of the Team Lauren vests for the three therapy dogs to their new owners. The youngest of the recipients, Tyler Ashcroft, received his dog Zoey several months ago, and Zoey has already alerted Tyler’s parents to seizure activity. Jacob Priestley also received his dog Zelda several months ago, and Jacob is already responding to Zelda’s guidance and his parents are also being alerted to times when ‘things are just not right’. The third dog was presented to her new owner on Saturday, just hours before the official presenting at our tournament, to Eike-Janina Cody. There was not a dry eye in the house.
Team Lauren plans to continue this tradition and contribute funds this year to obtain more dogs for training for deserving patients. Team Lauren would also like to thank their generous sponsors, hard-working volunteers and family and friends who made this event possible.
First Place (Gross) – 53
Parker Jarvis, Paul Hagopian, Greg Lopez & Cameron Britt
First Place (Net) – 63
Mark Grise, Gary Barnson, Chris Marshall & Eric Marshall
Second Place (Net) – 64
Tom Aldano, Randy Chenier, Tony Acosta & Marty Chenier
Jim Luckles on #8 & Greg Lopez on #13
Closest to the Pin
Gary Flournoy on #5 & Casey Likeness on #14
Courtesy of Troy Cherney Photography