More than 40 golfers from the Twin Cities to as far as Kansas, took part in a golf tournament benefiting young Kenyan teenage mothers and children, on August 20 at Baker National Golf Course in Medina, Minn. Imara International led the tournament, a U.S. based organization working with Kenyan teenage mothers to provide education and life skills along with early childhood education for their children.
The funds raised from the golf tournament will be used by Imara and executive director Carol Erickson, for establishing the ministry in Nanyuki, Kenya. Currently a save haven has been created and soon will be able to welcome expecting teenage mothers, while providing them a safe environment to attain various skills to help enrich and benefit their lives.
Imara’s board of directors and golf committee members credited the tournament’s success largely to the golf participants and many sponsors of the event.
“This event far exceeded our expectations for the first year,” said Larry Welliver, Imara Golf Tournament Committee Lead. “ We are thankful for the many sponsors of this great event and the golfers who shared in a great day of golf, along with spreading the word about Imara and it’s importance.”
Sponsorships for the tournament include title sponsor Midwest Immunology, the Wine family as Eagle sponsors, along with Hole sponsors Brock White Construction Materials, Living Ministry Endowment- Messiah United Methodist Church, musical artist Wynand Hansen, iBIT, Balagna family, Hegele family, Kula- Carson family, CSL Behring and the Whealy family.
Highlights from the tournament for individuals golfers is as following:
- Longest drive men: Jay Ingber
- Longest drive Women: Kris Epland
- Closest to the pin-hole 12: Larry Deeney
- Closest to the pin-hole 7: Phil Deeney
- Longest Putt: Charlie Weinzierl
And results of the top team included:
- First Place: Midwest Immunology Team’s with members Ralph Shapiro, Jay Kamin, Irwin Ingber and Jay Ingber (54)
- Second Place: Kula team consisting of Darrell Kula, Larry Deeney, Phil Deeney and David Langford (58) – David Langford
- Third Place: Hegele team with members Fred Hegele, Steve Hegele, Scott Winterbottom, Ray Buresch (59)