Ocean City Today

Golf tournament and Mah Jongg competition planned

By Kara Hallissey | Oct 19, 2017

(Oct. 20, 2017) Pink Ribbon Classic events, which raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research, continue in Ocean City this weekend with the 20th annual golf tournament, today, Friday, at the Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin, followed by the ninth annual Mah Jongg tournament on Thursday, Oct. 26, at the Golden Sands Resort on 109th Street.

The ladies-only golf tournament costs $100 per person for 18 holes or $75 for nine holes and includes a continental breakfast, an awards luncheon, a golf cart and an official tournament gift bag. In addition, there will be Chinese and silent auctions.

“We are playing to raise funds for breast cancer and it’s a ladies-only event,” said Event Chair Nancy Dofflemyer. “We are looking for more teams. Ladies can play nine or 18 holes.”

Last year, 104 ladies competed in the golf classic on 26 teams, raising $19,000 for the American Cancer Society. Dofflemyer said 23 teams and 92 women were registered for the 2017 event as of Tuesday afternoon. Organizers are hoping to have at least 24 teams, she said.

The Pink Ribbon Golf Classic is a scramble format tournament with three 18-hole divisions based on handicap as well as two fun, non-competing divisions with nine- and 18-hole options.

There will be prizes awarded to golfers who have the longest drive, are closest-to-the-pin and win their division.

The 18-hole competition will kick off at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start. The nine-hole event will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 20 at the Ocean City Golf Club. Golfers are urged to register in advance, but can sign up the morning of the tournament during check-ins beginning at 8 a.m. for 18 holes and 10 a.m. for nine holes.

“We are looking for people to come out and participate,” Dofflemyer said. “We will be taking teams up to the day of the event. Those already registered can check-in, have some breakfast and get your goodie bag.”

In addition, Melissa Burns, from Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore will be on hand to talk with participants about genetic testing and counseling.

The continental breakfast and luncheon will be provided by local restaurants and businesses including DeNovo’s, the Greene Turtle, Sunset Grille, the Coral Reef Café, Rosenfeld’s, Mountaire Chicken and Worcester Technical High School.

Restaurant and nail salon gift cards, handbags and scarfs will be up for grabs in the Chinese auction, and hotel stays, a variety of gift baskets, rounds of golf, beauty and healthcare products will be included in the silent auction.

Hole sponsorships and dedication flags can be purchased in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled breast cancer.

Since its inception, the Pink Ribbon Golf Classic has raised more than $400,000 for the American Cancer Society, Dofflemyer said.

The Eastern Shore Chapter of the Executive Women’s Golf Association sponsors the golf event.

Register in advance by calling Dofflemyer at 410-251-6555 or email ewgnancy@aol.com. Or, sign up starting at 8 a.m. the day of the tournament.

Although the Mah Jongg tournament is completely full, organizers are still looking for alternatives to sign up.

“Anyone who registers will be an alternate,” said Darlene Botts, event organizer. “We added three more tables this year. Things happen last minute and we usually use at least one alternate. Last year we used four.”

Doors will open at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, and play starts at 10 a.m.

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by the Golden Sands Club. There will be a 50/50 raffle and door prizes including wine, home décor, jewelry, day planners and gift certificates from local businesses.

“The Golden Sands donates the space, staff, breakfast and lunch,” Botts said.

In addition, the top three point earners will receive prizes, and attendees can purchase $10 tickets for a Pink Ribbon Mah Jongg Set during the event. There will also be Mah Jongg jewelry for sale.

“These women have a passion for the game and cause,” Botts said. “They are big supporters of breast cancer research and know the American Cancer Society provides resources for women, like rides to treatments and recovery programs.”

Last year, 132 players helped to raise close to $7,000 for the American Cancer Society. This year, 144 people have signed up.

Contact Botts at 410-409-7528 or dbkatt47@verizon.net for registration information.

These tournaments are two of several events that make up the Ocean City Pink Ribbon Classic at the Beach Series, an assortment of local activities taking place to raise breast cancer awareness and garner money for the American Cancer Society.

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