The Council on Aging of Nassau’s “Score One for the COA” Charity Golf Tournament, held this past Friday, June 15th at the Omni Resort and Plantation was a huge success. Despite it being rescheduled due to Tropical Storm Beryl’s untimely appearance on Memorial Day, the players, sponsors and volunteers enjoyed a full day of golf, contests, lunch, and camaraderie while raising funds for their favorite 501(3)(c) charity.
With the tournament moved from Memorial Day to the day after Flag Day, the patriotic theme remained intact, as the “Field of Honor” signs and their accompanying American flags waved in the breeze near the clubhouse and the 1st tee box. This display stood as a reminder to all of the precious freedoms that Americans share while memorializing some of brave patriots who have made the ultimate sacrifice defending our way of life.
According to Tom Moss, the Executive Director of COA, the players appreciated the patriotic display. “Before the tournament, we had a vocalist sing our national anthem; our veterans, living and deceased, were blessed during the invocation and everyone recited the pledge of allegiance. It was a great way to begin our tournament”.
Nearly four dozen golfers headed out at 10 a.m. sharp after the club professional, Broc Nell, gave the field some last minute rule changes which resulted in a smooth flow of play around the course. Among the fun surprises was an opportunity to win a 2012 Buick Verano, by sinking a hole-in-one on the 15th hole. Many golfers came close, but the Buick returned to Ron Anderson Buick GMC in Yulee at the end of the day. Another vendor, Dixon Golf, offered golf balls made from recycled materials, via The Dixon Challenge contest.
“We drove up from Jacksonville to take part in this fun event. We got to play a challenging oceanfront course and help support a very important organization that provides much needed services to the Nassau County community,” said Jeff Legeer, one of the golfers. Winning golfers were awarded free rounds of golf at other local golf courses and dozens of additional prizes were won during the raffle drawing held at the end of the tournament. Some lucky golfers took home multiple prizes.
”What makes a golf tournament viable and entertaining is the support of the community,” added Joe Murphy, COA Board member and Golf Committee Chairman.
The funds raised during the tournament, will be used to support the five outreach programs currently offered by the COA: Two Senior Centers, In-home Services, Transportation Services, Meals on Wheels, and Adult Day Healthcare. The COA has been serving the needs of senior citizens in Nassau County for more than 35 years and is partially funded by local and federal grants and donations from local individuals and businesses. For more information on how to donate to the COA, please visit our website: www.coanassau.com