Highland Classic raises money for Cumberland Health Care Foundation

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Despite heavy rain, foundation believes it made its goal

Close to 30 teams took to the Amherst Golf Course on Friday in the rain to raise money for the Cumberland Health Care Foundation.

AMHERST – Despite rainy conditions that eventually made the course unplayable, the 19th Highland Classic will still go in the books as a success.

“It’s unfortunate that we had to wrap things up a little early but we’re still quite confident we will make our fundraising goal,” Cumberland Health Care Foundation managing director Gwen Kerr said Friday.

Close to 30 teams took to the course at the Amherst Golf Club just after noon in a light drizzle after a steady rain fell throughout the morning. Steady rain later in the afternoon became a heavy rain making the greens resemble water hazards and the course unplayable.

“Most teams got 10 or so holes in so it wasn’t a total loss,” Kerr said.

Eventually foundation officials made the decision to call the players in off the course as the rain got heavier. Many players had already come off the course before the horn was sounded to end the action.

“This is the first time we’ve ever had a rainout,” she said. “We’ve had some rain before, but not like this. The last few years were so good and the weather was perfect. I guess we were due for something like this.”

While most of the teams had carts to help them get around the course, a foursome of junior golfers walked the course and were soaked when they walked up the ninth fairway after the horn sounded.

Prizes were handed out via a draw of tickets and since teams played a differing amount of holes of differing pars, the decision was made not to present the championship trophy this year.

No one managed to sink a hole-in-one on any of the prize holes this year with Scotia Hyundai, Amherst Chrysler, Archway Insurance and Fort Equipment serving as hole-in-one sponsors.

A number of holes included food samples including hamburgers, A&W root beer and lobster rolls and meatballs and curry chicken from Jeanne’s Decorative Cake House and Catering.

Teams could also have CPGA professional Frank McShane play the Par 3 Number 4 hole with them.

The tournament, that operated on a best-ball format, has raised more than $460,000 since its inception.

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Organizations: Cumberland Health Care Foundation, Amherst Golf Club, Scotia Hyundai Archway Insurance Decorative Cake House Par 3 Number 4

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