The fourth annual fundraiser raised $3,120.00 for the Hamilton High Boys Golf Team (HHGT) through the use of the Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Tax Credit program. The funds will offset the HHGT travel and expenses at their future tournaments. The Niner’s have raised, cumulatively, over $6,900.00 in these four events. The HHGT players, grade levels and 9 hole handicaps are Nick Hedman – 12th/0, Ethan Adam – 10th/0, Ryan Sanchez – 12th/1, Alexander Yu – 11th/1, Dalton Marsh – 10th/2, Noah Bates – 11th/3, Caden Rice – 11th/3, Kanoah Cunningham – 11th/3, Jacob Trevino – 11th/4, Andrew Scroggins – 10th/4, Brandon Hill – 11th/5, Calum Dunn – 11th/6 and Cole Sledge – 9th/6.
Steve Kanner, HHGT Coach, worked with the event organizer David Mork who garnered support from the Board of Directors of the Niners, the Oakwood Pro Shop and the Stone & Barrel restaurant to make the event a success. The event was held on the Palms course. Many of the HHGT had never played the course. The low gross of 33 for HHGT was recorded by Nick Hedman, and the low handicap score was a 33, shot by Calum Dunn. Many HHGT players shot par or better. After the round, Trust Bank/Phil Hotchkiss hosted the HHGT and all the Niners with beverages and 30 hot pizzas from the Stone & Barrel restaurant. They were delicious!
There were 27 members who played with the HHGT in threesomes. There were two Niner’s and one HHGT member. The game of the day was a low gross event for Niners. It was a resounding success! Coach Kanner also expressed his thanks to the Niners for their contributions. On behalf of the Niner’s, David thanked the HHGT players and coach for taking the time to play while they were on spring break. They showed us how to hit the ball 300 yards and putt like a pro. Nick Hedman and Coach Kanner presented David with a HHGT “Honorary Coach” golf jersey!
West USA Realty/Ed Anderson presented the coach with Oakwood Golf Shop gift cards, which were used by the HHGT to purchase golf merchandise. Each player received a gift card, and additional gift cards were awarded to the four low gross and the low net HHGT players. The event was really fun, and the smiles on the faces of the players told it all. Thanks again to those who played and contributed, and especially to those seven Niners who were unable to play but made contributions anyway. And a special thanks to a Fargo, ND, couple who learned of the event and who provided a significant contribution to the HHGT. We hope to see the graduating seniors on the college teams and wish them much success in their golfing or academic career. As the PGA slogan goes, modified for the HHGT team players, “These kids are good.”