After months of preparation, the day for the Miracles to Milestones Golf Tournament was finally here. Planning a golf tournament sounds very daunting (especially with no experience and relying heavily on Google), but everything really couldn’t have been smoother thanks to a few very special guys who really stepped up to the plate without even being asked.
We woke up Saturday morning excited, nervous, and of course running late. On top of everything that had to be done for the tournament, Lennon had a soccer game, and KC, Benjamin, and I had photos scheduled for the Times-Picayune. With a few small bumps in the morning, 10:30 came around and golfers were ready to register. As the golfers filled in, we were so busy with registration, I never really looked up to notice how many people came out to support this playground and our community. Once all the golfers reported to their carts, I ran out the door to grab a few pictures. I stepped out, snapped a few, and tears flooded my eyes. I was in awe of the support we had received. People of all ages, from multiple states, some we knew, some we didn’t, some had connections of their own to a child with different abilities, but all were there for the same reason…to help build a place where children and adults of all abilities could come together to learn and play. Somehow, we had pulled this off, and without any major issues.
Despite reports of thunderstorms and rain for Saturday the week before, we woke up to a lovely overcast day. So many had asked me about the weather during the week, and I always replied, “I am not sure. There is really no point in worrying about it, it is completely out of my control.” I never worried, I had faith that no matter what happened, everything would work out…and it did. 🙂 This reminds me of the bible verse about a mustard seed of faith. Instead of moving a mountain, our mustard seed of faith will build a wonderful playground for everyone.
Apparently, everyone had such a great time, that we are considering another tournament in the spring. This one would have to be larger, since we had to turn people away for Saturday.
Who came away with the prizes…
1st Low Gross: Scale Damage Bow Fishing: Walker, Walker, Galt, Coil
1st Low Net: Leblanc, Hebert, Domico, St. Pierre
Last Place (Most Team Spirit): Becnel Rental Tools: Miller, Garafalo, Duplantis, Bonaventure
Longest Drive: Val Harmon
Closest to the Hole: Peyton Dufrene and Bo Baker
I need to give many thanks to those who helped run this tournament, and I hope I don’t forget anyone.
St. Charles Parish Hospital
Dr. Robert Dugas with LSU Orthopaedics
Ponchartrain Bone and Joint
Jay and Lauren Smith
Becnel Rental Tools
Dean and Sally Church
Gary Smith, State Senator
Lou and Sally Sirmon
St. Charles Printing
Gregory Miller, State Rep
Krewe of 8:32
Ben and Jamie Kuo
Tab Troxler, Assessor
River Region Rehab
Food for Volunteers
Outcast Fishing Charters
O’Reilly Auto Parts River Ridge
Grand Ridge Golf Club and Bill Covert
Support Team Who Provided Golf Expertise
OUR WONDERFUL FAMILY AND FRIENDS WHO VOLUNTEERED OR DONATED
-About 30 volunteers
-8 very excited kiddos
-Power Starter Raffle–$149
-Closest to the Hole–$545
Tournament Total: $17,599.50
Extremely Generous Individual Donation: $20,000
Grand Total: $37,599.50