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Sunday, October 9, 2022

15th Annual Interfaith Golf Classic Raises $126,735 for Interfaith Family Services

A packed field of 116 golfers attended the 15th Annual Interfaith Golf Classic at Royal Oaks Country Club on Monday, Sept. 12. The sold-out event raised $126,735 to benefit the nonprofit organization Interfaith Family Services and its mission to empower families in crisis to break the cycle of poverty.

Ben Eakes, Kimberly Williams, Brian Hegi

Kimberly Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Interfaith Family Services, addressed the crowd before golfers headed out to a shotgun start, saying, “The Interfaith Golf Classic is always a fun day, but I want you to know you are also doing some serious good. Your support will help families in crisis who are eager to learn the skills needed so they will never be homeless again.”

Members of the Interfaith Golf Classic Committee also spoke, including Ben Eakes and Brian Hegi. In addition to being the Managing Partners of Crossplane Capital, presenting sponsor for the day’s event, the two are members of the Interfaith Board of Directors.

Their remarks were followed by a moving testimonial from Interfaith graduate Rachael Royal, whose life has come full circle. She is now on the board of directors at Interfaith, which was there for her during a period of homelessness over a decade ago. 

Rachael Royal, Interfaith graduate

She said, “Interfaith Family Services taught me how to take tragedy and turn it into triumph. I learned we are greater than our circumstances. We can choose to allow ourselves to be overtaken by our obstacles – or use them as steppingstones on a path to the greatness that lies within us all. I chose the latter.” 

Dan Lehane, Zach Mayor, Matt Nickel, Matt Simmons, Adam Pierson, Zach Pope

Royal Oaks Golf Pro Dean Larsson then released the players to the course. The day’s golf activities included a round of 18 holes, food and beverage stations throughout the course and the opportunity to win an Infiniti QX50 Luxe SUV and other prizes provided by Sewell in a series of hole-in-one contests. While no players won, all had fun trying.

Winners of the day’s competition were announced at the conclusion of play including:

•       1st Place, Gross Score: Wingstop (Eric Hall, Zach Mayor, Jared Pope and Zach Pope)

•       1st Place, Net Score: SCA Transaction Services (Corey Gebert, Kenny Lamb, Chris Parker, Cody Robertson)

•       2nd Place, Net Score: Benchmark Bank (Art Barnes, Thomas Gresham, Fox Haas, Wilson White)

•       3rd Place, Net Score: Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld (Ryan Cox, Brent Sacha, Trevor Vega and Eric Williams)

•       Longest Drive: Justin Fraley

•       Closest to the Pin, Low Handicap: Corey Gebert, Kevin Wheland

•       Closest to the Pin, High Handicap: Jason Ahman, Bryan Ochocki

Kenny Lamb, Charlie Genette, Ben Eakes, Seth Angel

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