PUNXSUTAWNEY — Last Thursday, 108 golfers took to the course at the Country Club in Punxsutawney, but the outing was not just a friendly competition.
Though the 27 foursomes were all competing for prizes, including pro shop credit, they were also playing for a much greater cause.
For the past 32 years, Punxsutawney Area Hospital has been hosting the Dr. F.J. Trunzo Memorial Golf Outing, and this year was no exception.
"This is always a wonderful event that brings together many friends of the hospital to honor the memory of our past physician Dr. Francis J. Trunzo and to raise money for improvement of health care services to the members of our community," tournament coordinator and hospital manager of professional and corporate services Laurie Klingensmith said in her welcome to the players.
Trunzo's sons were always frequent visitors to the tournament, and his family members still travel from as far as Arizona, Florida and New Jersey to attend the event, which is one of the two largest hospital fundraisers that the Punxsutawney Area Hospital puts on each year.
This year, the proceeds will be directed toward redesigning the clinical documentation area on the Medical/Surgical Unit, a necessary change due to the implementation of the hospital's new electronic medical records system.
The tournament kicked off with a group lunch, followed by a 12 p.m. shotgun tee-off, where the players set out from numerous different tees at the same time.
The tournament also included skill events such as a closest-to-the-pin contest on the par three holes and the longest drive competition on par fives.
The team competition was split into two different categories, low gross and low net, with gross scoring being the lowest score without handicap and net scoring taking the teams' handicaps into account.
Feicht Team I, which consisted of Paul Feicht III, Dave Heltebran, Jeff Hunter and Chris Laughlin, was crowned the champion in the low gross category.
The low net category went to Team Ameritas Financial, which consisted of Diane and Max Neal and Sally and Tom Bowser.
Klingensmith said the hospital is thankful of all the tournament's sponsors for making the event possible, especially this year's corporate sponsors: S&T Bank, Ameritas Financial Services, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Trunzo family.
Anyone interested in more information about the tournament can contact Klingensmith at the Punxsutawney Area Hospital, 938-1827.