2015-08-13 / Sports

Swingin’ for scholarships: Golfers help raise $22k at The Old Course


JOHN LYON of Interlochen drives the ball from the No. 10 fairway Saturday at the Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund golf outing. Lyon came the closest to winning a Buick Lacrosse after falling 15 feet short of the pin on No. 18. 
(Photo credit: Mike Spencer) JOHN LYON of Interlochen drives the ball from the No. 10 fairway Saturday at the Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund golf outing. Lyon came the closest to winning a Buick Lacrosse after falling 15 feet short of the pin on No. 18. (Photo credit: Mike Spencer) Generosity was the story Saturday in the seventh annual Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund Golf Outing held at Sugar Loaf The Old Course in Cedar.

The event brought in about $22,000 in scholarship funds thanks to contributions from 96 participants and numerous sponsors, including an anonymous donation of $3,635 that matched the mulligans and raffle ticket total.

The $1,000 scholarships will be distributed this year to eligible applicants with roots in Leelanau County.

“It’s pretty cool to see the community support has gotten bigger and bigger on the sponsorships,” said Larry Fleis, treasurer.

The outing was the second of two annual fundraisers for the organization, which has distributed $35,000 in scholarships this year and more than $150,000 since 2006. Next year that total is expanding to $40,000.


LARRY FLEIS tees off on No. 3. LARRY FLEIS tees off on No. 3. Eight award recipients were on hand for the festivities. Four participated on the links; four volunteered to help out.

The winning mixed foursome; Dale and Lynn Watkoski and Diane and Tom Pelak; fired a 13-under 59.

The winning men’s foursome; Peter Bardenhagen, Ed Peplinski, Fred Smith and Larry Clark; sank a pair of eagles and 10 birdies on its way to carding a 17-under 55.

“We just made a lot of putts and a few long ones,” said Bardenhagen, owner of the Sugar Foot Saloon in Cedar. “And we missed a few, too, but it was a great event to be a part of.”

No holes-in-one were recorded, although John Lyon of Interlochen came the closest — 15 feet — to winning a Buick Lacrosse on No. 18.

Next year’s fundraisers are slated for May 14 and Aug. 13, starting with the Spring Fling at the Lake Leelanau VFW followed by the golf outing at The Old Course.

For more information on the Ed & Irene Fleis Education Fund, call 877- 771-0775 or visit www.edandirenefleiseducationfund.com.

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