The American Legion Arick L. Lore Post 274 held its 23rd annual golf event on Friday, September 4, 2020, at Chesapeake Hills Golf Course in Lusby. Jon Baki, the chair of the tournament, checked in 20 teams of golfers while volunteers sold mulligans and 50/50s. Teams consisted of seasoned pros and newbies, with everyone ready for a great day on the course.
The annual tournament is one of the major fundraisers for the American Legion Post 274. Scheduled for earlier in the year, the event was rescheduled after working with county staff to make sure all mandates and restrictions would be followed by volunteers and participants. The number of golfers was reduced and social distancing was followed.
Normally the event begins with a small ceremony. This year one member of the team checked in to pick up the team’s swag bags. Two stations, located at safe social distances from registration, provided opportunities to purchase mulligans and 50/50 raffle tickets. Golfers went to their carts and moved directly to the hole where they would begin. Watches (and phones) were set to begin the event at 9 a.m.
The goal of the event was to raise funds that will be used for programs and outreach for service members, veterans and their families. “All money raised goes directly into projects that the Post does each year. Annually the Post supports Charlotte Hall Veterans Home, blood drives, Boys’ State, the Oratorical Contest, programs and scholarships at Patuxent High School, and local charitable organizations.”
On par three holes, golfers were invited to participate in “closest to the pin” contests. Winners of those contests included:
Hole #2 – James Brown
Hole #4 – Craig Sly
Hole #13 – Joe Nelson
Hole #16 – Brian Crim
On hole #7 there was the longest-drive contest, won by Brandon Nims. The closest to the string contest on hole #18 was won by Tim Hurley.
Hot dogs, donated by Checkers and prepared by the American Legion, were served on the turn. Golfers received door prize tickets and had the opportunity to check to see if they were winners. They could also participate in a “brown bag” raffle. With one foursome at a time, it provided a perfect way to social distance.
Golfers turned in their cards and carts at the end of the tournament. Winners of the “brown bag” auction and the 50/50 were posted. They were offered a delicious lunch of roast beef sandwiches, cole slaw and potato salad as they left.
Winners were notified by telephone, email and text. The winners of the tournament are:
- 1st Place – James Brown, Vern Sylvester, Chris Fink and Billy Pawlowski
- 2nd Place – Jason Pardoe, Chris Bowen (RIP), Doug Chadwick, Darius Jones
- 3rd Place – Ken Robertson, Pat Hassler, Bobby Baczynski, Brian Crim
Throughout the day a tribute was held for a very special man. Chris Bowen recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. Chris and his wife, Dawn, owned Capt. Smith’s Seafood. Chris was known for his generosity, and two of the charities were Calvert County Hospice and the American Legion. Chris was a member of the Sons of the American Legion Squadron 274 and was one of the first to sign up for the American Legion Arick L. Lore Unit 274 when the regulations were broadened last year. Each year Chris was always one of the first to sign up his team. His team carried on his tradition with an “empty” seat. His home is on the golf course and his wife left a bucket of balls for use by the golfers.
Jon Baki said the sponsors and volunteers are who need to be thanked for their support of the event. More than forty volunteers, all members of the American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion, assisted over the days and weeks before the tournament.
Sponsors included Vera’s White Sands, ReMax One – 410-535-6291, The Pier, Bug-Eye Grill, Charles Street Brasserie, Boomerangs, Katy Gradle – Loop PGA, Buckets Bar & Grill, Hair in the Square, Sheriff Mike Evans, Gilbert Construction, Community Bank of the Chesapeake, Ricky Cox, Julie Rogers Studio School of Dance, Maertens Fine Jewelry, Brian Hacker in memory of Denise Hacker, Summers “Always Here” Cleaning Service, Exit Here Realty – Patti Stinnett, Kathryn Rivers, Port of Call Liquors, Checkers, Rick Sullivan, Aubrey Taylor, Gio & Chris Miller, Ruby Wile in memory of Bruce Wile, Kelly & Kathryn Cecil, Nate & Mollie Stevens, Tony & Lori O’Donnell, H20 for Home – Erin Ward, and Jon & Joyce Baki.
At the end of the day, as Chairman Jon Baki sat down with a cold drink he said, “Thanks to everyone in the community that makes this golf tournament successful. This year presented a challenge, but our veterans, active duty military, their families and our community are important. They are the reason we are committed to doing this.”
Please enjoy the picture gallery below.
Joyce Baki / Special to the Calvert Beacon