Golf and Build: 9th Annual Habitat Golf Classic Shines
Story and photos by Lisa Perry
Habitat Golf Classic
at Glenmoor Country Club benefiting Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver's Globeville Redevelopment Project at 8 a.m. shotgun start
Brian Patton and The Jets
With proceeds going toward building homes for deserving families, more than 100 big-hearted golfers also spent the day building friendships—and of course a winning score—at the 9th annual Habitat Golf Classic. Under blue skies with summery temperatures and some winds that could help boost a drive, the tournament was held at gorgeous Glenmoor Country Club on Monday, June 3.
Volunteers from Habit for Humanity of Metro Denver were on hand early to give out tournament gifts and set up grab-and-go breakfast treats to get golfers on the course with confidence and a little caffeine. Foursomes negotiated the rolling hills and occasional sparkling waters, with hole-in-one enticements that ranged from cash to a new car donated by H.M. Brown & Associates. They also had the opportunity for on-the-spot donations buying a long drive from heavy-hitter Rob Oristaglio—his personal fundraising goal for the day was $8,500, and generous golfers stepped up to the monetary challenge.
While a few foursomes were focused on low scores, everyone was able to enjoy a relaxing day—and some hilarious antics—on the course. After their 18-hole rounds, golfers met up at the clubhouse to bid on an array of silent auction items, and sit down to a cool-and-comfortable buffet lunch in the dining room with program and awards emceed by Rich Shube.
Funds from the tournament were earmarked for Habitat for Humanity Denver Metro’s Globeville Redevelopment Project and the newest local Habitat owners, a family of six. Habitat for Humanity believes that everyone, everywhere deserves a decent place to live. The program gives people a “hand up,” not a handout. The organization empowers families who are willing to work hard to achieve their dream of homeownership. Each Habitat homeowner invests hundreds of hours to help build their home, and then purchases it with an affordable, zero-percent interest mortgage. Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver has been building homes and helping area families for 11 years. For more information, please visit www.habitatmetrodenver.org.
Debbie Wright tees off.
Scott Bates, Habitat Interfaith Alliance chair, with Melissa Jones
Event coordinator Rob Ayers and Susie Wilensky
(l to r): Brian Davis, Ryan Morris, Chris Trango and Josh Besant
(l to r): Corey Chyr, Oliver Loftus, Debbie Wright and Brendan Morse
Scott Bates, ready for action.
(l to r): Kevin Mattice, Andrea Harkins, Karen Karyn and Braiden Darley
(l to r): Dave Kipper, Bill Connors, Rick Cowen and Jeff Opp
(l to r): JP Kennedy, Joe Long, Trey Menees and Eric Roasales
(l to r): Eric and Michelle Young, with Carol and Don Davenport
Front, with shark helmet: Michael Kingston; (back, l to r): Rick Shube, Mike Toussaint and David Budzinski
One, two, three, four, five, six, seven…? Two almost-foursomes meet up on Hole 10.
(l to r): Darby and Janeen Tucker, with Sheryl and Dan Shewman
(l to r): Zach Dougherty, Katie Boland, Becky Worrell and Andrea Levine
(l to r): John Odell, Kim Rossi, Matt Hughes and Brian Smith
Now seriously, folks…(l to r): Emory Samson, Robert Bram, Rob Glynn and Jeff Shaffer
A resident swan on Hole No. 5 observes the morning’s teeshots.
Posing on scenic No. 5
Lisa Zabes (left) and Susie Wilensky relax on the patio.
(l to r): Chris Phillips, Steve Erickson, Matthew Kaupp and Dave Hirsch
A small gaggle of geese take a gander at golfers.
Steve O’Grady, Amy Hanophy, Don Plumley and Mark Zoltay
Mary Anne Shube and Rob Oristaglio
Socializing on the cart path
Tables are set for the post-tournament luncheon.
Hole-in-one judges (and volunteers) Nancy Green and Gary McDonald
Trying out their possible hole-in-one prize (l to r): David Budzinski, Mike Toussaint, Rick Shube and Michael Kingston
Jesse Bloom, of car sponsor H.M. Brown
Brian Patton and The Jets
(l to r): Brandon Canfield, Jason Jarvis, Brandt Snedeker and Jamie Pobrislo
Rhonda Siegel models a necklace up for bid at the silent auction.
Turning in their scores for the day (l to r): Dani Stang, Steve Faulkner, Scott Byrne and Howard Gertner
A pretty–and air-conditioned–luncheon awaits golfers.
Scott Bates does a microphone check before the luncheon program.
Heather Lafferty, CEO and Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity Metro Denver; Scott Bates, Habitat Interfaith Alliance chair
Cigna, Noble Energy, H.M. Brown & Associates, The Standard, Gold Star Sausage Co., A to Z Roofing & Gutters, Brown/Tedstrom Inc, Citywide Banks, Temple Sinai, Trinity United Methodist Church, Mendel and Company Construction, Progressive Energy Solutions, Charter Financial, UMB, The Computer ER, St. Andrew United Methodist Church, Insight Primary Care, Hebrew Educational Alliance, Candy & Ken Grosz/Chris & David Agnew, B'nai Havurah, First Universalist Church of Denver, Rodef Shalom, Central Christian Church, Temple Emanuel, Christ The King Catholic Church, Temple Micah, Voluntary Benefit Solutions, Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church South Broadway Christian Church, US Bank
Seasonal buffet lunch
Rob Ayers, Glenmoor Country Club, Blacktie Colorado, Lisa Chamberlain, HIA congregation reps & Golf Classic volunteers
$200 individual; $475 foursome
Board of Directors:
Russell Kemp, president; David Honeyfield, vice-president; Taylor C. Kirkpatrick, secretary; Kristin Jacobs, treasurer; Nicole R. Ament, Michael Criner, Marc Ducnuigeen, Roxanne Fie Anderson, Jaime Gomez, Lisa A. Goodbee, Peter E. Kalan, David Karnell, Shelley Marquez, John Petty, Tom Sattler, Steve Shaffer, Molly Urbina