May 13, 2015
(SWAINTON, N.J.) – Bright sunshine shone on the more than 130 golfers who participated in the 15th Annual HERO Campaign Golf Tournament at Sand Barrens Golf Club on Wednesday.
Excellent weather – a nice breeze kept away the springtime gnats – made a perfect setting at the Cape May County golf course for the HERO Campaign’s annual event, which was hosted by MediLink Homecare, Inc., and presented by Wawa.
“Give me weather like this and I’ll play golf for the HERO Campaign any time,” said golfer Steve Coates, who is part of the Philadelphia Flyers broadcast team.
The most poignant moment of the tournament came during the Tin Cup competition, after all golfers were in off the course. The Tin Cup required golfers to hit their ball into a rowboat floating in a lake approximately 50 yards away. This year the Tin Cup was renamed the Gus Tzaferos Competition, in honor of Gus Tzaferos who passed away last week; he was the brother of George Tzaferos, who with his wife Sandy operates MediLink Homecare.
When the Tin Cup competition was finished, only George Tzaferos, a 61-year-old Hammonton resident, had dropped his ball into the rowboat, thus winning the competition named after his brother.
“You can’t ask for a better ending to the day than that,” said Bill Elliott, chairman of the HERO Campaign.
At Wednesday’s tournament, Harrison Beverage was the overall winner in the team competition, with a score of 58. Team members were: Darren Matik, Todd Arsenault, Jim Gagliardi and Paul Higbee.
Second place in the team competition went to Silver Coin, with a score of 59 (George Tzaferos, Steve Coates, Gary Dornhoefer and George Rigopoulos).
Third place in the team scoring was MediLink, with a 62 (Anthony Toner, Dr. Steven Bender, Dr. Marty Carrey and Karen Clemens).
AtlanticCare won the ‘Most Honest’ category, with an 80 (Stephen Dudick, Cathy Dudick, Margaret Belfield and Monica Titus).
Mike Toner won the ‘Closest to the Pin’ scoring when he dropped his ball 1 foot, 3 inches from the hole. Jim Walz was second with 2 feet, 7 inches.
Winning the ‘Longest Drive’ competition was John Wheeler, Erik Perlowski and Nick Rosetti.
The day began with a lunch, presented by Applebee’s, and finished with a Sands Barren dinner. An auction during the dinner was highlighted by the sale of a Tom Brady-autographed football (fully inflated), which sold for more than $600.