The 4th Annual Other Side Of The Green golf outing was hosted on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove. A Chicago-area male business professional was paired with a male Kids Golf participant between age 11-17 in a scramble and mentoring activity.
Everyone arrived bright and early Saturday morning, prepared and excited for the day’s activities. Before beginning the 9-hole scramble, groups visited various activity stations where they had a chance to have breakfast while getting to know their group members, stretch, and practice putting, chipping, and full swing. Student-athletes from the University of St. Francis (USF) and Northern Illinois University (NIU) Men’s Golf Teams led the warm-up stations and incorporated a different life skill into both business and golf, such as communication, preparation, and vision.
The collegiate student-athletes also participated in the scramble; which was an added bonus of extra mentorship of the young boys and playing ability. “It was nice playing alongside a college golfer because it motivated and allowed me to see how much better I could aspire to be in golf,” said Eric Wingeard, participant from Prospect Heights Park District.
Participants were given a booklet that included questions to be answered at each hole. The questions directly correlated to the morning life skill stations, and also provided an opportunity for the participants and business professionals to keep their conversations flowing throughout the course. “I really enjoyed the day and being able to meet new people,” said Dennis Keane, business professional. “Luis and I talked about how golf can help you set goals for yourself. We exchanged information and he plans to visit the hospital I work at in order to take that next step in his career search.”
After the scramble, participants, family and friends, business professionals, and Site Coordinators were treated to a luncheon in an Indoor Arena. They continued to network and unwind while hearing two guest speakers, NIU Assistant Coach Andrew Frame and long-time Foundation volunteer, Craig Rohwedder. “There are so many positive opportunities that golf can provide, and I was happy to share a few stories about what golf and the Kids Golf Foundation has done for my family and I,” said Craig. “It’s really about the people you meet and the relationships you build – and that’s what this event was all about.” Participants and business professionals were presented with a framed group photo to commemorate their participation in the event and to remember their time spent at Rich Harvest Farms.
Also, a surprise guest generated a lot of excitement for event attendees. Mr. Robbie Gould is the Kicker for the Chicago Bears, and he came to share some words of wisdom with the junior golfers. He also spent time on the course with each group, which further energized the event and created lasting memories at Rich Harvest Farms.
Overall, the event was a huge success thanks to volunteers, participants, and other supporters! Accompanying support from volunteers was a generous contribution from the Efroymson Family. The family has been contributing annually since 2004 to support Other Side Of The Green, as well as the female event Thinking Outside The Tee Box through the Efroymson Family Fund, a Central Indiana Community Foundation Fund.
The female version of this event, Thinking Outside The Tee Box, will be hosted on Saturday, September 15 at Rich Harvest Farms. The Foundation is always looking for individuals to participate as mentors and to positively impact the life of a child. If you or someone you know is interested in getting involved, please visit the Kids Golf Foundation website at www.kidsgolffoundation.org for more information.