The local charity ‘Fore a Cause’ has been set up to help feed hungry children in Oxford’s SAD 17 school district.

On August 5 in Summit Springs, this group held their annual golf run. The committee, led by Bunny O’Leary from Norway, believes it can announce a record amount of money raised for students at 10 SAD 17 schools. Before taking into account funds from registration fees, raffles and other forms of fundraising during the tournament, over $9,000 had been donated to the cause by businesses across the SAD 17 region.

Bill Kennedy, golf columnist

This charity was founded by members of the Oxford Hills Regional High School class of 1978 in 2018 when this group decided to do a golf course to benefit hungry children. While many of the 76 players in the August 5 race are Oxford Hills alumni, most of that number played because they learned that food funding had reached 350 schoolchildren in 2021. It is surprising and sad that there are so many starving children in the district.

Food distribution is simple. Gift cards worth $25 are distributed to children through their schools. Children and their families do not know where these donations come from, and donors do not know who received their contributions. School pantries are responsible for distribution, after teachers and administrators identify children in need.

“We’re also working on dressing these kids,” O’Leary said. “We saw that some need winter clothes.”

This was brought to the attention of the ’cause’ at the annual Oxford Hills Christmas Parade, which takes place on Thanksgiving weekend each year.

While the number of players is set at 76, the winners had plenty to aim for. For example, a hole-in-one would have won a player a four-wheeled vehicle, provided by Mainely Action Sports of Oxford.

Companies or individuals interested in contributing to this worthy cause do not have to have participated in the tournament. Information on how to contribute is available by requesting it from the email address [email protected].

A large committee organizes this tournament, led by the O’Learys, Bunny and John, as well as Shauna Cummings, an Oxford Hills teacher, and Brian Landis. Other committee members are: Joanna Galgovitch, Deb and Keith Ladner, Kathy and Joe Pulkkinen, Bruce Wyman, Paula Staples, Michele Wagner, Cindy Kimball, Karen Tibbetts, Kathy and Steve Reed, Pam Lovely and Bonnie Twans.

They are living proof that the saying “Good people do good things” is alive and well.

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Congratulations to Polish resident James Frost, member of Fox Ridge, who won the Maine State Golf Association Match Play Championship held August 1-3 in Falmouth. He won five matches, including a 19-hole title match thriller to win his first MSGA Match Play crown.

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A pair of teenagers won the MSGA Mixed Championship in Fairlawn on July 31.

Eli Spaulding, 16, of Brunswick, and Jade Haylock, 15, of Turner Highlands posted a 7-under 65 to win the title by two strokes in an alternate shot format.

Obviously, these children can play golf.

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The next MSGA Play Days are: Men, August 10 in Bethel; and Woman’s on August 9 in Natanis, where the annual Janet Druin Memorial will be played.

Bill Kennedy, a retired golf writer and editor from New Jersey now residing on Lake Thompson in Otisfield, is in his 10th season as the Sun Journal’s golf columnist.


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