Over 125 golfers came out for the Colorado Neurological Institute’s 14th Annual Golf Classic. Participants braved the wet weather and enjoyed an afternoon at the beautiful Colorado Golf Club in Parker. The course is set to host the annual Solheim cup, the most prestigious event in women’s professional golf, in August and because of CNI’s involvement in The Solheim Cup, the first 120 individuals who signed for the CNI Golf Classic received two practice day tickets.
The day started with a barbecue lunch and putting contest, and at 1:00, the golfers took to the course with a shotgun start in a scramble format. Other contests included closest to the pin, longest drive and the lowest and highest scoring teams. The most exciting moment of the day came when Kris Lasswell got a hole in one on hole 11, one of the hole in one prize holes, and won a 2013 Chevrolet Cruze from John Elway Chevrolet.
Immediately following play, participants enjoyed a cocktail reception, silent auction and live music from Colorado Conservatory for Jazz Arts. A seated dinner was served in the clubhouse ballroom and was followed by a short program, which included a video titled “Putting with Parkinson’s” that was recently produced for this event. The video featured event Co-chair Pat Maley, and several other attendees sharing their stories of how golf has helped them cope with having Parkinson’s. A live auction, hosted by former Bronco Billy Van Heusen closed out the evening.
The tournament, auction and dinner, which is one of CNI’s largest annual events, raises money for the organization. CNI, in its 25th year, has been providing patients facing neurological conditions and their caregivers with quality research, patient services and education.