Lady Niners, friends raise funds for hospice

Sequim Gazette staff

Their course mates may be gone, but they are not forgotten.

On April 25, the Lady Niners of The Cedars at Dungeness golf course hosted the group’s second Memorial Scramble. The tourney serves a dual purpose: to honor lady golfers who have died and to support Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County.

This year’s event saw 27 golfers take to the course — lower numbers than last year — but saw the group raise even more funds ($900-plus) for the hospice.

Donations and fundraisers such as this Memorial Scramble Golf Game help provide supportive nursing services, pain management, equipment and follow-up care for families in their bereavement through Volunteer Hospice, an organization serving families from Joyce to Diamond Point.

“What an impact your donations have for this community,” said Bette Wood, patient care manager for Volunteer Hospice. “It’s an incredible organization. We keep growing.”

Supporting this gathering were golfers from the four Clallam County golf courses: Sunland Golf & Country Club, SkyRidge Golf Course, Peninsula Golf Club and the host course, The Cedars at Dungeness. Jan Boyungs was the event organizer.

The winning team, with a low gross score of 36 for the front nine holes, was Lisa Ballantyne, Lillian Gomes and Vernice Quigley. The runner-up team, with a score of 39, was Marlene Erickson, Dona Scarcia and Sandy Deckman. All winners donated their purses back to Volunteer Hospice.

“What better way to enjoy Sequim, good golf, companionship and raising needed money for such a worthy cause,” Lady Niner Lee Stanley said.

“Already we’re all looking forward to next year’s Memorial Scramble and the opportunity to give back to a service in our community which gives us so much.”