Golf Tournament Raised Thousands of Dollars for Refuge Association

A clear blue sky, a light breeze and pleasant temperatures kicked off the ‘Best Monday Ever!’ Longtime National Wildlife Refuge Association board member Larry Ross hosted a golf tournament that raised thousands of dollars for the Refuge Association.

More than 70 golfers arrived on Fishers Island (New York) in the morning to learn about the refuge system and view photographs of the habitats and iconic species–including bison, manatees and rivers teeming with fish–that depend on wildlife refuges. Refuge Association staff were on hand to share more information and relay what makes the refuge system unique.

View from the 16th hole on Fishers Island
View from the 16th hole on Fishers Island

After brunch, the golfing began.

Fishers Island is a seven mile long stretch of land off the coast of Connecticut. The golf course, ranked one of world’s best, retains the natural beauty of this landscape. Each hole offers views of the ocean and dune ecosystem. While playing, golfers also kept an ear out for local bird species. “Did you see the pheasant?,” asked board member Kathy Woodward before excitingly sharing the multiple bird melodies heard while golfing.

Fishers Island Course
Fishers Island Golf Course

The team of James Vandervelden, Keith Johnson, Jeff Peek and Mike Glass won 1st place gross, while 1st place net went to the team of Bill Buchanan, Craig Overlander, Ken Saverin and Don O’Brien. Second place net went to the team of Bob Galvin, Andreas Mang, Gary Cochrane and our own Sean Carnell!

Golfing concluded with cocktails, dinner and a raffle, where all showed their support for the Refuge Association by purchasing tickets. The grand prize was an overnight stay, dinner and round of golf in Newport, R.I., donated by Jeff Farrar, a fellow golfer and friend of Larry Ross. The prize was so popular, Farrar generously offered it twice, helping raise even more in donations.

As the dinner concluded, comments of “gorgeous weather,” “beautiful course” and “best ever day for golfing” were heard.

A big thank you goes out to Larry Ross, and his wife Andrea, for hosting the ‘best day ever. ’ The event was a huge success, helping us continue to advance our work to protect the nearly half a billion acres of land and water managed by the National Wildlife Refuge System.

Learn more about our efforts to conserve wildlife refuges surrounding New York and New England on our Beyond the Boundaries: Connecticut River page.

Permanent link to this article: https://www.refugeassociation.org/2015/09/golf-tournament-raised-thousands-of-dollars-for-refuge-association/

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