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By Carole Howard
Special to The SUN
This year’s Pine Cone Classic charity golf tournament, sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Women’s Golf Association (PSWGA), raised $8,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Archuleta County and brought five local teams to the winner’s circle.
A total of 84 women from around the Four Corners and Texas played as 21 four-person teams in the July 8-9 tournament. Local winning teams were Cherry O’Donnell, Julie Pressley, Jan Kilgore and Carrie Weisz, champions; Kay Crumpton, Barbara Sanborn, Jane Baker and Nancy Joseph, third in Gunsmoke flight; and the following in the Lone Ranger flight: Kay McKee, Carole Howard, Claudia Johnson and Lynne McCrudden, second; Kathy McBane, Brenda Easley, Doe Stringer and Mary Forman, third; and Lynne Winterton with three friends from Austin, Texas (Jeanne Brown, Teri DeWitt and Valerie Schkade), fourth.
Highlights of the tournament’s social events were a taco bar and silent auction at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, where Tim Sullivan and his Narrow Gauge band performed country and pop music for the golfers before the dance floor was opened to the public at 7 p.m. as the PSWGA’s giveback to the Pagosa Springs community.
Other features of the tournament included a complimentary Bloody Mary table sponsored by PSWGA members Sally Bish and Sheila Rogers; hole-in-one contests sponsored by Sally Bish/Travel by Sally and Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy; and tee prizes donated by Sandy Oliver and Bayer HealthCare.
Among the unexpected treats enjoyed by the participants were when one golfer came within 18 inches of the hole-in-one prize, a visiting bear who stayed mostly out of sight, and Tim Sullivan’s teaching everyone a line dance to the country song “Boot Scootin’ Boogie” — theme of the tournament.
In the nine years the 28-year-old Pine Cone Classic has been a charity tournament, its members have raised more than $71,000 for different Pagosa charities including EMS, Meals on Wheels, Archuleta County Victim Assistance Program, Archuleta County Education Center, Seeds of Learning, Creative Outreach Charitable Organization, Loaves and Fishes, LASSO and now Habitat for Humanity.
Said Rebecca Anderson, Habitat’s executive director, “This generosity will greatly help us to better serve a lot of families in our community.”
The 2014 Pine Cone Classic organizing committee was Lynne McCrudden (chair), Kay Crumpton, Carole Howard, Kathy McBane, Kay McKee and Julie Pressley.
“We are enormously grateful to our remarkable local businesses and regional golf courses for their generous contributions to our tournament and to our members and guests for their strong support, as well,” McCrudden said. “We also owe a huge debt of thanks to our hard-working husbands for all of their help. Without everyone’s involvement, we never could have been so successful for our charity.”