30 Juneau golfers compete in first Gustavus tourney

Posted: Monday, August 25, 2008

Juneau golf enthusiasts did their part for charity Saturday by participating in the Healing Hands Foundation Inaugural Golf Tournament at Mt. Fairweather Golf Course in Gustavus.

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Courtesy Of Eric Stimpfle
Courtesy Of Eric Stimpfle

The overcast skies and light rain did not deter 30 Juneau golf players and 20 spectators that made the two-hour trip to Gustavus by high-speed catamaran.

The golf tournament was a fundraiser for the Healing Hands Foundation to help pay the unmet health care needs of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium patients. The money pays for a variety of items such as dentures, wheelchairs, walkers and prescription medications. Families also can receive assistance with expenses when traveling Outside for medical procedures.

Royal Hill, who participated in Saturday's tournament, said the foundation helped pay for travel expenses when his wife needed surgery in Anchorage.

SEARHC president Roald Helgesen was among the golfers who enjoyed the tournament. Helgesen said that since 2002, the Healing Hands foundation has given more than $285,000 and assisted more than 800 people with paying for medical expenses. Helgensen said that more than 900,00 Alaska Airlines miles also have been donated.

One of the highlights of the tournament was a chance to win $10,000 on the seventh hole by making a hole in one. No one was able to sink a hole-in-one, but Mike Strasser came close with a drive that landed on the green just 10 feet from the hole.

Tournament organizer Alan Travasso said the prize money for the hole-in-one contest was put up by holeinone.com.

The tournament was won by a team of seasoned golfers who finished 18 holes at 3 under par. Strasser, Justin Bruns, Jeff Jones and Trina Jones are all members of the Juneau Golf Club. Strasser said the group travels several times per year to golf events in the Lower 48.

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