Seventy golfers in western wear and creative pink costumes played in Avoca Ladies Golf Club’s Second Annual Play for P.I.N.K. golf outing on Wednesday, Aug. 7th. Proceeds from the event totaled $3,418.00 which is more than double from last year.
Play for P.I.N.K. contributes 100% of all funds to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. The national organization holds over 300 events across 27 states each year. Avoca is the only club in Iowa to host an event so far this year.
“We have the most creative ladies,” said Denise Luna, the event’s founder. “They go all out in decorating their carts and their costumes.” Sixteen western themed teams with names such as “Roboobeo Queens”, “Boobie Bandana Bandits” and “HeeHaw Hooters” participated in the evening scramble. Team Buckin’ For Boobies (Deb Calhoon, Lori Espeseth, Wendy Jorgensen and Cindy Constable) scored a 32 to win the event and received Play for P.I.N. K. bag tags and $100 cash.
The Boobie Bandits (Breanna Osbahr, Amy Osbahr, Shannon Beatty & Cheryl Hawkins) won the Favorite Team Theme for the second year in a row by wearing pink sequined chaps, pink fringed tees, cowboy hats and black masks. Regina Hansen’s bra was decorated with hundreds of colorful rhinestones, miniature cowboy hats, ropes and boots and was voted best bedazzled bra.
A rhinestone encrusted pink themed golf purse donated by Linsey McCarthy of The Avoca Flower Shop and a Luxury Spa Gift Basket donated by Tina Reischl of SELF-Storage Co. of Iowa served as raffle items this year raising $310 to support our cause. Stacie Suedkamp of Fig Tales bakery donated dozens of her pink iced sugar cookies shaped like boots, hats and pink ribbons to sell which raised an additional $268.
“The generosity from our area businesses and our local sponsors make this a rewarding experience for our players,” said Luna. Over 53 community sponsors & businesses donated flag prizes for each hole and door prizes for each player. Players also received a goody bag from the Play for P.I.N.K. organization which included a pink visor, pink ball, pink ribbon and breast cancer facts flier.
The women invited the men to join in raising funds. Men played a two man worst ball game on Thursday Aug. 1st with a theme of REAL MEN WEAR PINK. Twenty six men received golf towels and pink golf balls for participating from the Play for P.I.N.K. organization. Despite a low turnout due to rain they donated $280 to this year’s tally.