VIENNA - Although it was a very hot day, that did not prevent 80 women golfers from turning out Wednesday for the annual "Golf for a Cure" at the Parkersburg Country Club.
Anne Coffman, chairwoman of the tournament, said the golfers raised money for the West Virginia Chapter of Susan G. Koman for the Cure.
"We raised $13,200 for the chapter and 75 percent of that stays in West Virginia and 25 percent goes to the foundation," Coffman said.
These area golfers helped to raise money Wednesday in the battle against cancer at the Parkersburg Country Club.
Of the 75 percent that stays here, proceeds help to fund mammograms for underinsured or uninsured women. Camden Clark Medical Center has been active with the program that uses the Koman money and many local women have benefited, Coffman said.
The golfers are a mix of survivors and those battling cancer. Coffman said the tournament has been going on for 10 years, founded by Dr. Sandy Sabo.
The golfers are members of the Parkersburg Country Club's Women's Golf Association and their guests.
The "Golf for a Cure" outing at the Parkersburg Country Club raised $13,200 for the West Virginia Chapter of Susan G. Koman for the Cure.
Anne Coffman, chairwoman of the tournament, said 80 women golfers turned out for the 10th annual tournament.
She said 75 percent of the funds stays in West Virginia and helps fund mammograms for underinsured or uninsured women.
"We invite women from Worthington and Marietta to participate along with other guests who might enjoy it," Coffman said. "We want to emphasize this is not for only PCC members. More than half were non-members."
Every tournament begins with a time to remember a golf association member who has died from cancer since the last tournament.
"If they have lost a member we honor that person even if it's not from breast cancer," she said. "We take the attitude that cancer is cancer is cancer. We had a lot of fun but with tears and hope to be back next year."
Since the last tournament, the group lost Delores Lee, of Parkersburg, who was very much loved and an avid golfer, Coffman said.
The tournament is a golf scramble with each foursome based on their handicap. Weather has never caused the tournament to be postponed or canceled.
"We began at 8:30 a.m. and sent them all out with a bottle of water," Coffman said. "There was a beverage cart out on the course."
Coffman said the golfers manage to raise funds for their cause.
"We're just 80 ladies, hole sponsors and generous people who have donated raffle items plus one anonymous private individual who has been generous," she said. "We don't have big corporate sponsors with a large amount of money, just businesses that gave $100 for a hole sponsor with a sign with whatever they wanted to put on the sign."
Coffman said she had assistance from Mary Ellen Manzo, Paula McHenry, Sandi Winans, May McClure, Linda Smith, Linda Hall, Nancy Caplinger, Priscilla Wines, Carma Curry and others in putting the tournament together this year.
Scott Davidson, the golf pro at the Parkersburg Country Club, and his crew helped to make sure the tournament ran smoothly, she said.