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Charity Golf Scramble earns for bladder cancer

Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - Updated: 5:08 AM

Inlet Charity Golf Scramble for bladder cancer awareness was a great big success

The Ladies' 9-Hole League at Inlet Golf Club hosted their Charity Golf Scramble supporting bladder cancer awareness on July 24.

The golf scramble was held in honor of Judy J. Hitchcock, a member of the 9-Hole League, who lost her four month battle with bladder cancer on July 21, 2012.

The golf tournament raised a total of $3,366, the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network receiving $3,112 with an additional $254 going to the local Hamilton County Hospice. The maximum of 64 golfers signed up for the event, which included 34 women and 30 men, with more interested golfers on a waiting list. Over 70 golfers and non-golfers attended the awards luncheon and Chinese auction that followed.

While the focus of the day was on the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network ( and its important mission of raising awareness about bladder cancer, providing educational resources and support and advancing research, the day was full of fun, laughter, friendly competition and the celebration of life. The golf format was a 2-person scramble. The women's lowest scramble score, after a match of cards, was won by Shirley Delmarsh and Beulah Heroux with a score of 41. The team of Lucy Long and Kathy Vogel, with the same score of 41, came in second place. The men's lowest scramble was won by Bob Philipson and Brad Damon with a score of 31. With a score of 33, earning second place, was Tim Pope and Jason Fraizer.

The women's longest drive went to Theresa Pope. The men's longest drive went to Tim White. Women's closest to the pin was awarded to Mary Lamphear. Men's closest to the pin was Jim Regan. Additional awards were given. Fewest putts, with the same 10 putts each were the women's team of Marie Reidel/Betty Button and the men's team of Tim Pope/Jason Fraizer. The most birdies award went to Brad Damon and Bob Philipson with three birdies on the nine holes.

In addition to the entire $20 golf registration that went directly to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, money was raised through a 50/50 raffle where the winner Teresa Pope donated her winnings back to the charity. The Chinese auction, with its traditional "Make It, Bake It, Sow (Sew) It, Grow It, Buy It, Donate It" format accredited to Betty Button, generated additional money that went to BCAN.

Heather Levi and the Cousins That Care graciously accepted the Ladies League's invitation to participate by making and selling beaded bladder cancer awareness bracelets and anklets. Shelby Townsend, Shawn Townsend, and Bryce Ste-Marie came, sold, and donated $40 to BCAN.

After the golf, with the Hitchcock family's approval, a "have a cosmo with Judy" bar (her favorite birthday drink) was open through lunch to raise money for the Hamilton County Hospice which supported Judy during her last days.

Frozen cosmos and non-alcoholic cosmopolitans were served by guest bartender Ken Gabler, sporting one of the cancer survivor stickers that were available to recognize and celebrate all the other cancer survivors in the day's events.


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