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July 21, 2013

ARF Golf Outing held Saturday at St. Joe Valley Golf Club

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Written by: Bruce Snook
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Animal Rescue Fund golf towel

The sixth annual Animal Rescue Fund (ARF) Golf Outing was held on Saturday (July 20) at the St. Joe Valley Golf Club near Nottawa.

First place golfing honors went to Jordan Olsen, Mark Olsen, Riley Olsen and Ryan Barnas with a nine under score of 59. Second place went to Darrel Peugot, Paul Gorsuch, Larry Smoker and Steve Eckhardt at eight under, and third place went to the Maggie Mead team at seven under. Game winners were: closest to pin – Dallas Jones; longest drive – Maggie Mead, Steve Eckhardt; and longest put made – Odie Ziefmer.

Fun events at the outing included putting a golf ball on a $1, $5, $10 or $20 bill; a poker hole–draw a poker chip from a bag, move to the tee of the color selected; longest drive for men/women; hit a shot closest to the pin on the green; a Frisbee hole, and “Gone to the Dogs” – a player must hit around (stuffed) animals to sink a putt.

Owners of the St. Joe Valley Golf Club, Don and Susan Powell, said they were glad to host the event.
“We like to see the people come out. It’s perfect weather, and we’re always happy to host fundraisers for groups,” Don Powell said.

Three Rivers resident, DVM Bruce Withers, who owns Eighth Street Veterinary Care in Kalamazoo, holds a souvenir golf towel from the sixth annual Animal Rescue Fund golf outing. It was held on Saturday at the St. Joe Valley Golf Club.

Three Rivers resident, DVM Bruce Withers, who owns Eighth Street Veterinary Care in Kalamazoo, enjoyed the event.  “I came to show support for ARF,  and I had a great time. I love animals, plus this is a cause near and dear to my heart,” Withers said.

Golfer Dallas Jones added, “I had fun, and I think I am going to adopt a pet.”

A banquet was held at the club immediately following the golfing event, which included a recognition of winners. Door prizes were also awarded.

Sponsors of the outing were the St. Joe Valley Golf Club, Jim Vetter Chevrolet, Alpha Boarding Center, APICS: The Association for Operations Management, Booko & Associates: Ameriprise Financial, Clewell Motors, Corey Lake Marina, Greg Hoover State Farm, The Home Depot, and  Rick and Bonnie Ferrand-Friends of ARF.  Member of ARF who participated in the golf outing are Marty Davenport, Bob Montgomery, Rodney Beam, Chrissie Lusk, Shelly Starr, Becky Lilly, Helen Luegge, Laura Penar, LeeAnn Farmer and Angie Birdsall.

Organizers of the event stated they welcome sponsors for future events.

For more information about ARF go to www.arfund.org/.

Source:  Story and photos contributed by Angie Birdsall.

Editor’s Note:  This post was revised slightly at 11:02 p.m. 7-21-13 to correct the listing of those who won first place golfing honors.






One Comment


  1. A. Birdsall

    Another great ARF event…. the day was perfect. Our host, the St. Joe Valley Golf Club, quite gracious. The whole event was well done. The honors banquet held after the event was terrific. ARF is always looking for sponsors. Sponsors are given credit. There was a huge with sponsor information on site. Bob Montgomery mentioned he’d like to see more ladies on the course next year. (Good idea.) The veterinarian, Bruce Withers is quite a personable fellow. He had quite a few ARF “fans..” :)



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