LO­CAL GOLF

Spring­dale Golf Club hosts Com­mu­nity Day

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - SPORTS - L.A. Parker Columnist

Spring­dale Golf Club rolled out the red car­pet, a green dragon, plus a gi­nor­mous pink hip­popota­mus for a Com­mu­nity Day event Sun­day at the pres­ti­gious Prince­ton golf course.

Youth guests vis­ited from Lawrenceville Spe­cial Olympics, First Tee of Greater Tren­ton and Prince­ton AST for a day of life in­struc­tion, a golf clinic and lunch for par­tic­i­pants and their par­ents.

The day in­cluded Head Golf Pro­fes­sional Keith Stewart, Vince Ra­magli, Robby Fen­ton and Dar­ren Bolton com­bin­ing for a “100 Holes of Hope” golf fundraiser to ben­e­fit ef­forts by lo­cal non-profit Chris­tine’s Hope For Kids Foun­da­tion.

“It’s our first at­tempt in reach­ing out to the greater com­mu­nity to grow golf. I be­lieve it is a good start and a con­cept that has a strong foun­da­tion to build upon for years to come,” Stewart said.

Rob Con­nel­ley, pro­gram di­rec­tor for The First Tee of Greater Tren­ton voiced praise for Spring­dale Golf Club’s com­mu­nity outreach.

“Spring­dale Golf Club did just great. They part­nered with the New Jer­sey Golf Foun­da­tion which has a fan­tas­tic his­tory of giv­ing back to the com­mu­nity,” Con­nel­ley said.

“Our kids had a won­der­ful time as Spring­dale served lunch for our play­ers and their fam­i­lies, treated our golfers to a clinic and then gave them some time on the range. We had a very nice time.”

Con­nel­ley said play­ers en­joyed watch­ing pro­fes­sional golfers com­plete their “100 Holes of Hope” as Stewart de­liv­ered the fi­nal leg of 25 holes. Ra­magli kicked off the eighth an­nual event with a predawn drive down the first hole. Fen­ton fol­lowed. Bolton han­dled the third leg ahead of Stewart.

“In seven pre­vi­ous events we’ve raised over $85,000 for Chris­tine’s Hope For Kids Foun­da­tion which they in turn use to pos­i­tively im­pact thou­sands of kids lives through­out the area,” Stewart noted.

Chris Hunt, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the New Jer­sey Golf Foun­da­tion has formed a for­mi­da­ble re­la­tion­ship with Jean and John Gianacaci of Chris­tine’s Hope For Kids en­joy a part­ner­ship to sup­port lo­cal Cen­tral Jer­sey kids and their golf ex­pan­sion pro­gram.

Con­nel­ley thanked Spring­dale Golf Club mem­bers for ex­tend­ing an in­vi­ta­tion to all guests.

“We can’t thank them enough,” Con­nel­ley said.

ALEX STAMOUTSOS — NJ PGA & NJ GOLF FOUN­DA­TION

Spring­dale GC Com­mu­nity Day 2017 of­fered fun and games, food and lunch for youth guests.

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