CHESTERTOWN — Nearly $100,000 was raised at the 25th edition of the Chester River Health Foundation golf outing. This is almost half of what is needed to purchase a Vitros 5600 chemistry analyzer for laboratory services at the University of Maryland Shore Medical Center at Chestertown.

This year’s event — May 31 at Chester River Yacht & Country Club — was held in honor of tournament co-founder Dan Saunders.

There were 120 golfers.

The planning committee’s year-long efforts ensured the success of the tournament, said Barrie Meima, chairman of the foundation board. She thanked Mary Burton, who returned as event chairman; Jim Harbeson of CRY&CC, who acted as the liaison; and the country club’s staff.

Also playing critical roles were 25 volunteers, whom Maryann Ruehrmund, foundation executive director, described as “the absolute backbone of this event.”

“We simply could not have it without them,” she said.

As a thank you, all volunteers, many of whom were hospital employees or auxiliary members, received a tropical-themed shirt and were treated to lunch, compliments of Bill and Barbara Noll, and dinner.

The top sponsor, again, was the Chester River Hospital Center Auxiliary, which made a generous donation of $30,000.

“A heart-filled thank you to the Foundation’s board members and full complement of Shore Regional Health team members and volunteers who made our annual golf event a huge success,” Ken Kozel, president and CEO of UM Shore Regional Health, said in a news release. “All who participated were in great spirits and happy to be enjoying the beautiful day on the golf course while raising money in support of our hospital. I am very proud to be part of the team!”

According to the news release, $95,000 (net) was raised toward the $200,000 needed for the new chemistry analyzer.

Four hole-in-one prizes went unclaimed: a 2020 Super Bowl trip for two, sponsored by M3 Architecture; a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by the UM Shore Regional Health medical staff; a $10,000 cash prize sponsored by UM Shore Medical Center at Chestertown’s Executive Director Kathy Elliott and her husband Rick; and a $10,000 cash prize that was offered in honor of the hospital’s laboratory services staff.

Bob Ramsey, owner of The Finishing Touch in Chestertown, came very close to winning the $10,000 putting contest sponsored by The Law Offices of C. Daniel Saunders.

A $1,000 cash prize, offered to a golfer whose first shot came within 12 inches of the cup on the 16th hole, was sponsored by foundation staff member Deb Lauser and her husband Dave. There was no winner, but several golfers came close.

More than $3,000 in prizes donated by community businesses, foundation board members and staff were awarded to the winners of the many team and special events along the course. They are listed here.

First low gross: Taylor Fields, Kreigh Kirby, Dave Landskroener and Rusty Poisson, 59.

First low net ladies: Sue Edson, Kathy Lazo, Barbara Noll and Alice Ritchie, 58.5.

First low net men: Casey Hurd, Frank Smith, Todd Smith and Rick Walls, 49.5.

First low net coed: Wallace Reynolds, Mary Anne Shea-Reynolds, Paddy Tobey and Rich Tobey, 55.

Closest to the pin, first shot: Tim Shipp and Leslie Price, the third hole; Doug Ashley and Sharon Somers, the 12th hole.

Closest to the pin, second shot: Erin Gillespie, the first hole; Jeff Carroll, the sixth hole; Katy Lightburn, the 11th hole; and Jim Canatella, the 18th hole.

Longest drive: Summers Hunter and Alice Ritchie.

Longest drive not in the fairway: Kreigh Kirby and Brooke Maier.

Accurate drive: Sam Mirarchi and Leslie Price.

For more information about next year’s tournament, or to make a donation to help the foundation raise the balance of the funds needed to purchase the chemistry analyzer, contact Ruehrmund at 410-810-5660 or by email at

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