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Great Shot

Butch Wagner • Aug 27, 2014 at 3:05 PM

The “Caddyshack” Open Monday at Plum Brook Country Club once again raised was one of the area’s top fund-raising golf events.

“This (tournament) exceeded expectations and we continue to be humbled by the generous support of so many people,” said Alice Springer, one of the key figures in coordinating the event.

The Foundation for Firelands Outing, which benefits the cancer program at the city hospital, has been supported by individuals and companies from Cleveland to Toledo for the most part.

“We had 36 teams signed up today and we’re happy with that number and how much we raised is unknown at this point. We are thankful to everyone who played in our tournament, especially our sponsors, as well as all the volunteers who took time to be a part of this,” said Christine Mack, Development Coordinator of the Foundation For Firelands.

There was a shotgun start at noon and the teams managed to get in 16 or 17 holes before play was suspended because of lightning, then rain. Entries were given pars on the holes not played to determine the winners.

In the Open division, the local team of Butch Allendorf, Billy Allendorf, Sean Finneran and Billy Criscione posted a 15-under-par 56 for the winning total, one stroke ahead of the foursome of Bill Kelley, Roger Perin, Ron Barnum and Chuck Riesterer.

The Allendorfs and Criscione were on a team that finished second a year ago at 59.

Champions in the mixed (men and women) class consisted of Frank Gioffre, Kathie Fischer, Bob Hagstrom and Scott Church at 11-under-par 60, one shot ahead of the quartet of Julie Kayser, Jason Knapp, Lee Jewett and Matt Sullivan.    

The top two teams in the Open and Mixed divisions cashed. Also in the Open division, the group of Rob Mathews, Billy Haggerty, Drew Gaietto and Jason Cross placed third at 58 and Robin Grathwol, Doug Greulich, Rich Finneran and Matt Keech finished fourth at 59. In the Mixed Division, Alice Springer, Beth Mathews, Bob Mathews and John Springer wound up third. Longest drive winners were Rafaella Gioffre for the women on No. 12 and Sean Finneran for the men on No. 3. There were no awards for the shots of the day. However, Billy Haggerty knocked his second shot into the cup on the short par-four 13th hole from 60 yards out for an eagle two, and Beth Eve of Rocky River chipped her ball into the hole from just off the green for a birdie on the No. 7 hole.

The attire was also considered for an award and the Al Czervik “Creazies” Pants Award went to Chad Pawlak.

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