Number 27 was a day of phenomenal support for the CLL Community
Marlton, NJ - Perfect weather, a complete sell-out and some amazing camaraderie and golf led to the largest gathering ever for the 27th annual Cheltenham Little League golf outing.
Clear blue skies, mid 60s and 27 holes at Ron Jaworski's Ramblewood Country Club was just what the doctor ordered for 176 players who battled tooth and nail for bragging rights for their names on the coveted trophy.
As has been the case over the years, the big winner, of course, was Cheltenham Little League, as significant funds were raised for the best baseball/softball program in the area.
Led by our presenting sponsor, Warminster Dental, our list of supporters reads like a who's who from the community. The law offices of Andrew Montroy, J&R Garage Doors, Leckman Law, Premier Group Insurance, Russell Roofing, Hair by Erica Loney and D-Town Dental are all local businesses that supported the cause. We would be remiss if we didn't mention these other golf outing sponsors from the area, Everest Discovery, Stuckert Plumbing, Moss Mill Brewing, Sprinkles Ice Cream Shoppe, Timmy D's Deli, Think Green and Philadelphia Protestant Home.
Let's not forget our longtime CLL photographer, JC Campoli who provided photos of all the foursomes and pre-event festivities. Year after year, John and Carol have personally given back to our event, time and time again. We thank you for your dedication to CLL.
Although CLL was the big winner, we had some outstanding golf played throughout the day. A sparkling round of 13-under-par 59 led all scoring, by the Mullin family, Joseph, Joe, Mike and Sean who fashioned 11 birdies and an eagle to defeat the group of Andy and Eric Montroy, Jon Cooney and Matt Leckman by one.
"Year after year I keep coming back," commented longtime participant Roger Farrell. "The food is amazing, the golf is a blast and my foursome gets a prize no matter where we finish. What other event does that? No one!"
Skill prizes were awarded to Roger Farrell, Tom Winberry and Andy Montroy for Closest to the Pin honors and Timmy Durney, Jeff Pan and Brandon Williams for Straightest Drive plaques.
"One of the days I look forward to most of the year," said longtime Philadelphia Daily News golf writer Mike Kern. "It's hard work, but a lot of fun. Thanks for letting me be a small part of it."
None of this could have taken place without the incredible volunteers that graced the course with their presence and support, led by coordinator Gail Chase. The standout helpers were: Erin and Jerry Czech, Mike Sullivan, Kelly Durand, Greg Strup, Janet Sokol and seven of the National Honor Society students from MaST Community Charter School (Kathleen Abecunas, Ava Costello, Giovanna DeRose, Ashleigh Hartner, Megan Heineman, Andrew Kaupp and Morgan Micciche).
Finally, I can't say enough about the job of our golf committee. Tournament namesake Ron Camp, Tim Hassall, Gail Chase, Bruce Rangnow and yours truly complement each other so well that in the last 10 years, we have raised over $150,000 for the league.
We thank all of you and look forward to next year.