After pandemic delay, Greenfield Knights of Columbus golf tournament planned for Aug. 21

  • Golfers compete on the 8th hole at the Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston. After a multi-month delay, the seventh annual charity golf tournament, hosted by the Greenfield Knights of Columbus, is scheduled to take place at the Crumpin-Fox Club on Friday, Aug. 21. Staff File Photo/Dan Little

Staff Writer
Published: 7/29/2020 4:41:57 PM

After a multi-month delay, the seventh annual charity golf tournament, hosted by the Greenfield Knights of Columbus, is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21 at Crumpin-Fox Club in Bernardston.

The Greenfield Knights of Columbus Council 133 has selected The United Arc as its tournament partner for the second year in a row. As a partner, The United Arc helps promote the golf tournament and its members serve as volunteers on the day of the event to make sure “everyone has a good time” and things run smoothly, according to Executive Director Lynne Bielecki.

“At points, there was a question of if (the tournament) could even be held, but the committee persisted,” Bielecki said of the delay.

Bob Wanczyk of the Greenfield Knights of Columbus said his group worked with The United Arc and Crumpin-Fox Club to follow health safety guidelines set by the state. Wanczyk said this created some minor changes.

“Past tournaments have had a shotgun start, but this year we have scheduled tee times,” Wanczyk said.

Typically, a shotgun start sees players tee off simultaneously from different holes. This year, golfers will tee off every 15 minutes throughout the morning and afternoon to encourage social distancing.

Additionally, past years’ registration fees covered a lunch and dinner. This year, for health safety reasons, there is no meal and the tournament is offering a $35 gift card instead, which can be used for meals at Zeke’s Bar & Grill, or for merchandise or golf-related items.

In addition to benefiting The United Arc, proceeds will be used to support Knights of Columbus Council 133’s causes, such as Wheeling for Healing, the Pan Mass Challenge, monthly community meals and high school scholarships, to name a few. Bielecki said funding for The United Arc will help it continue to provide services to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

The golf tournament’s entry fee of $125 per person includes greens fees, carts, use of the practice range and prizes for the winners. Wanczyk said the tournament usually sees roughly 100 participants. As of July 24, just over 70 people had signed up for this year’s event.

Raffle tickets will also be sold, and winners will receive one of a number of prizes including a three-day Cape Cod vacation, a variety of gift certificates and a “Mystery Box” provided by The United Arc. There will also be a hole-in-one contest for a chance to win a new car or other prizes.

To sign up for the golf tournament, or for more information, call Lou Grader at 413-774-2848, Dan Arsenault at 413-774-5258, Bob Wanczyk at 413-774-2465, Paul Doran at 413-522-1800 or Joe Ruscio at 413-768-9876.


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