The 1st Annual Mr. Peanuts Frozen Chosen Golf Tournament was held at the Chesapeake Hills Golf Course on Friday, August 16, 2019. The tournament was organized by Rob Randall and Rick Mulligan to benefit one of their favorite organizations, Special Olympics of Maryland.
The tournament began with Hunter Rowe teeing off the first shot of the day. He was followed by a shotgun start for 100 golfers. Teams consisted of seasoned pros and newbies, with everyone ready for a great day on the course and the weather gave them a beautiful day. Throughout the day volunteers sold mulligans and 50/50s.
Golfers were treated to a delicious lunch sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion Arick L. Lore Squadron 274, served with “Chris’s Baked Beans,” under the tent at the Chesapeake Hill Golf Course’s temporary club house. Guests had an opportunity to purchase items during a silent auction, which raised $1600. Door prizes were given out and the winners of the tournament. DJ Ronnie Gosnell provided music during lunch.
After lunch, the winning – and losing – teams were announced. They were:
- 1st Place – Chris Fink, Brian Sylvester, Billy Pawlowski, James Brown
- Last Place – Rick Mulligan, Bobby Petruska, Kevin Grooms and Tom Gibson
The teams came up to pick up their prize money and every one of them donated the money back to Special Olympics. The same thing happened when prizes were announced for closest to the pin. Every winner donated their money back!
The golf tournament is a legacy to his parents, Pete and Alexa Randall and Rick Mulligan’s parents Ralph and Nancy Mulligan. Ralph Mulligan was affectionately known as “Mr. Peanuts.” The Randalls and Mulligans were all members of American Legion Post 108 in Cheverly. Randall credits their parents with an upbringing that focused on giving back and teaching them the importance of helping those in need and the less fortunate.
Randall said there are so many people to thank. They include local restaurants, businesses and friends that donated gift cards and shirts for door prizes. Miranda Bennett and Chad Beckert made the tee signs that showcased the hole sponsors. Special thanks go to Geoff and Jenny Ricker for the “After Party” at Buckets Sports Bar. He also thanked his wife Christy and mom Alexa, for all of the support they have given him over the years.
On September 5, after paying all the bills from the tournament, Randall dropped off $12,000 to the Special Olympics of Maryland office in Baltimore. In a post he made on Facebook he said to his supporters, “That there is something else. YOU all are the reason this total is so awesome.”
There will be additional events benefitting Special Olympics in the coming months. A fundraiser will be held at Buckets Sports Bar on December 7. Rob and “his crew” will then participate in the Cork Bar Plunge Party in Ocean City, on January 18, 2020. They plan to brave the cold and “plunge” into the Atlantic Ocean.
Alexa Randall said of her son, “I am so very proud of my son, Robert Randall, Christy Gallagher Randall and their team for the great golf tournament they hosted to benefit Special Olympics of Maryland. They were such a great group of golfers! I don’t think I have ever seen so many generous folks under one tent! I was so glad to be a very small part of this great day for our very special athletes, and very proud to be called ‘Robert Randall’s mother.’ He continues to be ‘that guy’ and I am filled with love and a lot of pride for all he has done.”
She ended with a quote from Abraham Lincoln, “No man ever stood so tall as when he stooped to help a child.”
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