DOVER, Del. — Despite the threat of rain and amid a pandemic, this year’s Millington Lions Club golf tournament was a great success. Organizers said all the credit goes to the participants and sponsors.
The 32nd edition of the tournament was held Sept. 11 at Maple Dale Country Club in Dover. It was postponed from the original date of May 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Following health department guidelines, all golfers and volunteers had their temperatures taken and filled out a health questionnaire.
This year’s event drew nearly 120 golfers. With team fees, hole sponsors and on-site registration table fundraisers, a record amount of money was raised, according to a news release.
The Millington Lions support youth sports, the Harry R. Rasin annual scholarship to local students, the Community Fire Company of Millington, Kent County nonprofits, the Leader Dogs for the Blind program and other good causes.
Because of the change in date, this year’s tournament fell on the anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.
To honor those who lost their lives on 9/11, bagpiper Russell Johnson played “Amazing Grace” before the start of play.
In his introduction, longtime Lions Club member and golf tournament committee member Gary Fellows noted the sacrifices made on 9/11. He said by selecting the date of Sept. 11, “We as a group of many will take time to remember and reinforce our pledge to ‘Never Forget’ the events of this dark day in our history.”