NHS golf tournaments raise record breaking amounts

By Lynn R. Parks

Renee Morris hadn't figured up all of the totals yet. But the executive director of the Nanticoke Health Services Foundation predicted that this year's open golf tournament, held on Friday, and ladies' tournament, held on Thursday, would bring in more money than any of Nanticoke's previous golf tournaments.

"It will be a record breaker this year, that much I can tell you," Morris said.

The tournaments were held at Heritage Shores in Bridgeville. A full field of 35 foursomes participated in the open tournament and 23 foursomes took part in the ladies' competition.

All proceeds will go toward the purchase of a fetal monitoring system for the Mother and Baby Care Center at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital in Seaford. The system, the cost of which is $500,000, is expected to be fully installed by April.

"It will enable physicians and nurses to better monitor mothers during labor and delivery," Morris said.

Anesthesia Services, a New Castle-based company that provides anesthesia at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, was the title sponsor of the golf tournaments.

Each tournament was followed by an awards ceremony and dinner at Heritage Shores' Passwaters Restaurant.

This was the 27th year that Nanticoke has sponsored an open golf tournament. Most recently, proceeds went to help pay for a second heart catheterization lab at the hospital.

Included in the days' activities were several contests for the golfers, including a putting contest with a top prize of $2,500. Overseeing the qualifying round for the contest were volunteers Dennis Hill and John Simeti, both residents of Heritage Shores and regular golfers on the community's course.

In addition, Simeti, who moved to Bridgeville 18 months ago, is a volunteer at Nanticoke Memorial Hospital, where he serves as a greeter once a week.

"I just think that it's important to give back to your community," Simeti said. "The hospital is an important part of the community and is a resource that unfortunately we will all probably need at one time or another."

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