10/10/12 “Swinging for the Schools”- Golf Tournament
By Mary P. Johnsen
Megan Meschery, sandwiched between Lee Walker, Evan Walker, Dave Hsu and Derek Cooper (aka John Evans), allowed some men in orange to be the best in show. The show that she so ably ran was the 2nd Annual Swinging for the Schools Golf Tournament held last Saturday, a fundraiser of the Sierra Schools Foundation.
The tournament, sponsored by Loyalton High School grad Ami Garrigus (1997) and her PGA Pro Tour husband Robert, raised monies to go to support the public schools of Sierra County and the Sierra-Plumas Joint Unified School District. In 2011, 68 players thought that a good enough cause to open their wallets but this year that number grew to 78 at $110 each. That bought them 18 holes of golf at the Plumas Pines Golf Resort, a barbeque dinner and chances at lots of prizes, both golf and otherwise.
A quick check on Wikipedia reports that Robert Garrigus has been the top tour pro for the last two years in longest drives with an average of 307.5 yards and took in $1.3 million last year in winnings. He’s ranked #53 on the tour. Instead of just Robert and Ami on tour they added a little guy now as they acted as absentee sponsors for the second year.
But the players at Plumas Pines, three times as many guys as women, looked as if they wanted to duplicate the Garrigus long drive stats. Unfortunately trees and lakes and houses and such kept hopping up in front of many of those long shots but it appeared that the donors had fun.
Meschery and her committee didn’t stop with just the Garrigus sponsorship. They added 17 more Tournament and Tee sponsors, plus 24 Prize Donors and Tourney supporters. Since more than 60 prizes were given out it meant that just about all of the participants replaced those lost balls with other goodies. Someone won that $1300 set of clubs donated by Garrigus.
Hopefully after dropping out the various costs of running the tournament, the Foundation realized a good return. The smoothly running event including the dinner and awards ceremony should guarantee that very efficient committee that even more wallets will open next year.