The Patuxent River RFC (PAX Rugby) provided a unique event on Saturday, October 31, at Chesapeake Hill Golf Course. With the challenges of Covid-10, they wanted to provide families with an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors, yet still have some fun on Halloween. They created a “FootGolf Tournament” allowing participants to play in their rugby gear or costumes.
FootGolf is a mixture of football and golf, combining aspects of both of the sports, although it is more closely related to golf. Many golf courses, like Chesapeake Hills Golf Course, have created FootGolf courses within their courses. It attracts players of all ages, providing an opportunity to be outdoors in small groups.
On Halloween, eleven teams competed, spending a fun, safe, healthy afternoon, with family and friends. The teams included PAX River Rugby members, parents and their children, and groups of teens and pre-teens. All types of characters were on the course including witches, monsters and fairy tale figures.
It was interesting to see the style of play for each team, and I had to admit that some of the “older” teams were a bit more into the “kick”. At least two teams were covered in mud from kicks made as they tried to make the hole!
After the tournament, teams returned to the tent allowing them to social distance as they were treated to pre-boxed pizza and sodas, and wait for the results to be posted. Halloween treats purchased by the American Legion Auxiliary Arick L. Lore Post 274 were provided to all the players.
The winning team was “The Old School Ballers” consisting of Brian Grabarek, Mark Urban, Dan O’Connor and Shane Boylan. Coming in a close second were “The Nacho Libres” – Justin Thomson, Aidan Thomson, Martin Carol and Rick Watson. A closest to the pin contest was won by “The Cure” – Gavin Nichols, Jackson Broadus, Bella White and Samantha Hartmann.
The entry fees, a “brown-bag” raffle, with wonderful prizes donated by members of PAX Rugby and local businesses, and a 50/50 raised over $700 that will assist with future programs.
Justin Thomson, President of Patuxent River RFC, said “the day was created to provide a safe, fun day for our members and their friends. We were excited to showcase our organization to other people.” Thomson is also a member and Sergeant-at-Arms of the American Legion Arick L. Lore Post 274. In addition to information to join PAX River RFC, he included member information for the Legion. “We had seven players fill out applications to join the American Legion, and they took information for their spouses and children to consider the American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion.”
The Patuxent River RFC (PAX Rugby), is a 501(c)(7) club. Founded in 1990, it was developed to promote the sport of rugby, providing a fun and safe field of competition for all those interested in the sport, both athletes and non-athletes alike. PAX Rugby has programs for men, women and youth in Calvert and St. Mary’s counties, promoting teamwork and friendly competition. To learn more about the Patuxent River RFC, visit www.paxrugby.com.
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Joyce Stinnett Baki / Special to the Calvert Beacon