Dozens of lighthearted golfers gathered at Broken Tee Golf Course for the Englewood Community Cup Golf Tournament, a fundraising effort put on by the Englewood Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Englewood, the Englewood Optimist Club and the Greater …
Dozens of lighthearted golfers gathered at Broken Tee Golf Course for the Englewood Community Cup Golf Tournament, a fundraising effort put on by the Englewood Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Englewood, the Englewood Optimist Club and the Greater Englewood Chamber of Commerce.
It's “good for the community because service clubs in general are shrinking — they're like churches,” said Bruce Nordwall, a member of the Lions Club, a service organization. “But if we can work together on some things, we'll get a bigger outreach.”
The Sept. 29 event at the Englewood-run golf course in Sheridan marked the first time the Lions Club collaborated with the Optimist and Rotary clubs to put on the fundraiser, Nordwall said. The Lions Club held a fundraiser tournament called Lions' Roar in past years.
Sixty golfers signed up for the event — the price was $110 to play — and more than 20 businesses, individuals and groups sponsored holes. Sponsorships costed $100, said Randy Penn, president of the Optimist Club, chamber executive director and former Englewood mayor.
The four-man best ball tournament, as event fliers called it, offered prizes for players who could make a hole-in-one, the longest drive shot, longest putt and shot closest to the pin.
Englewood's Lions are a part of the broader Lions Club International, a worldwide organization with thousands of chapters that fights hunger, pediatric cancer, diabetes, vision impairments and environmental issues, according to its website. Englewood's Optimists, part of Optimist International, work to support children and communities. Englewood's Rotary is part of Rotary International, which supports mothers, children and education and fights disease and hygiene problems, according to its website.
“Each of the clubs is interested in developing health for (the community),” Nordwall said.
Penn started the Optimist Club in Englewood again last year after years of being dormant since closing in 1992, he said.
“We're focused on youth golf in Englewood, working with elementary, middle and high schools to ... get kids excited about golf,” said Penn, who said his group also helps on service projects like ones through the city's Keep Englewood Beautiful Commission.
The Rotary and Lions clubs provide scholarships for students from Englewood High School and Colorado's Finest High School of Choice, Penn said. The Optimist Club, effectively only a year old, would “love to” set up a similar scholarship fund once it raises enough money, Penn said.
Troy Meyer, a 39-year-old Centennial resident, came to play for a second year.
“It's a good cause,” said Meyer, whose office, SVN/Denver Commercial real estate, sponsored a hole.
Briclyn Chase, 32 from Broomfield, played in the same group. Her father, Dan Percefull, has helped host the Lions' Roar golf tournament for years, Chase said. It's her second time coming to the fundraising event.
“It's your quintessential fall Colorado golf tournament,” Chase said.
Penn said the fundraiser will shoot for about 120 players and 36 sponsors in the future.
“For anyone who'd like to play next year,” Penn said, “We're always looking for more players.”