Ready, Set, Fore: July 18 Marks 20th Anniversary of Borgess Golf for Health

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Borgess invites area golfers and the community to participate in its 20th-annual Golf for Health outing on Monday, July 18.

Proceeds from this year’s outing, presented by the Borgess Foundation and Borgess Volunteers, will help fund acquisition of new equipment and technology for Borgess Medical Center’s surgical services department. Major sponsors of the event include Premier Radiology, AVB Construction and Neurosurgery of Kalamazoo, P.C.

“We sincerely appreciate the generosity of our major sponsors, donors and players, and encourage anyone who is interested to support a very worthy cause by signing up today for this premier golf event,” said Tony McDonnell, executive director, Borgess Foundation. “Participants will have the opportunity to mingle with Borgess physicians and staff, learn about lifesaving activities at Borgess, and most importantly, benefit the health of southwest Michigan families for years to come.”

Borgess Golf For Health: At A Glance

When: Monday, July 18, 20th Anniversary
  10 a.m., Registration Opens, Free Golf Clinics with Club Pros
  12 p.m., Shotgun Start
  5 p.m., Dinner
Where: Gull Lake Country Club, Richland, MI
Entry Fees: $175 per person, $700 per team
Fundraising Goal: $30,000+ to benefit patients in surgery areas of Borgess Medical Center
Hostess: Kate Tillotson, anchor and reporter, WWMT (Channel 3)
Prizes: First and second place teams, men’s/women’s longest drive, closest to line, closet to pin and longest putt


New events this year include the Whiffle Ball Challenge ($5 per golfer), where golfers will drive a whiffle ball as far as they can while using a child’s plastic club, and the Borgess Ball ($20 per foursome), where team members must play and retain a bright-colored ball throughout the 18-hole outing. Prizes will also be awarded for both of these events.

In 2010, more than 50 sponsors and 108 golfers raised over $29,000 to help fund the enhancement and expansion of the Borgess Level I Emergency & Trauma Center. Joe Brogger, Jr., trustee of the Borgess Foundation and director, private sector employee benefits, Burnham & Flower Insurance Group, added last year: “There are many reasons why golfers like me participate in the Borgess Golf for Health outing every year. The event runs like clockwork. The pro-clinic, onsite physical therapist and emergency personnel give the event a professional feel. Every detail is handled perfectly, and everyone is so friendly and genuinely pleased to have the support of all participants.”

Borgess still seeks golfers and sponsors for the 2011 Golf for Health outing. To sign up, become a sponsor or make a donation, call (269) 226.8100. More information can also be found at

About Borgess Foundation

Since 1972, the Borgess Foundation has continued the rich tradition of philanthropy in support of health care and related services at Borgess. The Foundation’s primary focus is on assisting essential Borgess projects that connect with people at many different levels to foster en environment for better healing.