By Carole Howard
Special to The SUN
This year’s Pine Cone Classic charity golf tournament, sponsored by the Pagosa Springs Women’s Golf Association (PSWGA), raised a record $12,500 for LASSO, Large Animal Support Southwest Organization, and brought three local teams to the winner’s circle.
A total of 84 women from around the Four Corners and as far away as Cleveland and Miami played in four-person teams in the July 9-10 tournament.
Local winning teams were (first gross) Kathy McBane, Brenda Easley, Carol Thalman and Cheryl Miller-Hunter; (first net) Kay McKee, Carole Howard, Claudia Johnson and Lynne McCrudden; and (third net) Josie Hummel, Betty Nason, Doe Stringer and Loretta Campuzano — all in the second flight.
Highlight of the tournament’s social events was a dinner and silent auction at the Pagosa Springs Center for the Arts, followed by a free Motown concert and dance sponsored by tournament chair Lynda Gillespie and the PSWGA that was open to the public.
In addition to the silent auction, fund-raising events included a ball toss, win-place-show “horse race,” raffle for a golf range finder, and “buy a drive” from Pagosa Springs Golf Club PGA pro Troy Persson.
Other features of the tournament included a Bloody Mary table sponsored by PSWGA member Sheila Rogers, hole-in-one contests sponsored by Sally Bish/Cruise Planners and Rocky Mountain Physical Therapy, and tee prizes donated by Sandy Oliver of Bayer HealthCare.
“We are enormously grateful to our remarkable local businesses and regional golf courses for their generous contributions to our tournament, and to our members and guests for their strong support as well,” Gillespie said. “We also owe a huge debt of thanks to our hard-working husbands for all of their help. Without everyone’s involvement, we never could have been so successful for our charity.”
LASSO is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to the survival, safety and humane treatment of large animals. The organization helps local horses in need, provides equine-assisted therapy to people with special needs, arranges educational programs to local special needs children and the general public, and hosts an annual Special Olympics horse camp each September.
In the eight years the 27-year-old Pine Cone has been a charity tournament, its members have raised more than $63,000 for different Pagosa charities including EMS, Meals on Wheels, Victims Assistance Program, Archuleta County Education Center, Seeds of Learning, Creative Outreach Charitable Organization, Loaves and Fishes, and now LASSO.
Gillespie’s Pine Cone committee this year consisted of Kay Crumpton, Carole Howard, Kay McKee, Josie Hummel and Claudia Johnson.