CORE’s Annual Golf Tournament Scores Big!

CORE’s Annual Golf Tournament Scores Big!

On May 16th, Tri-Lakes golfers gathered to elevate CORE’s annual golf tournament to new heights. Held at the stunning Thousand Hills Golf Resort in Branson, the event was a resounding success, boasting impressive fundraising and enthusiastic participation.

Thousand Hills Golf Resort, consistently voted “Best in Branson,” provided a breathtaking backdrop for the day. As the early morning rain showers cleared, the course glowed with a vibrant green that would make the historic links of St. Andrews envious. The verdant beauty was enhanced by deer, woodchucks, and various critters emerging from the forest, along with waterfowl swimming in the lakes. Participants and spectators alike marveled at the pristine conditions and scenic beauty of the course.

The tournament has grown significantly since 2022. From 76 golfers, this year’s event saw 112 competitors, underscoring its rising popularity and importance on the community calendar. Teams from various local businesses and groups participated, including the Branson Police Department. Friends of CORE also fielded teams, all displaying camaraderie and sportsmanship, contributing to a fun and friendly competition!

This year marked the first all-day event, as the large field of golfers made an afternoon-only schedule impractical. The extended day also allowed participants to attend CORE’s Dinner and Live/Silent Auctions later that evening.

Participants received complimentary swag bags filled with CORE-logoed golf towels, balls, tees, ball markers, and divot tools, along with sunglasses and tasty snacks for the match.  The top six teams in two flights received cash prizes ranging from $400 up to $1,200.  Prizes were awarded for hole competitions, too.

A highlight of the event was the grand prize for the hole-in-one contest: a stunning $70,000 Chevy pickup by Pinegar Chevrolet Buick GMC. Though no one claimed the prize, the challenge added excitement and anticipation to the day. Kyler Patterson, head of the Pro Shop at Thousand Hills, reported that one golfer came tantalizingly close, just two feet from a hole-in-one!

Another high point was the impressive Jeep brought by Pink Jeep Tours, not for off-roading on the course but to showcase a really exciting, alternative way to experience the Ozarks’ magic.

Gather & Graze, another event sponsor, provided a delicious lunch spread that received rave reviews. The gourmet offerings from this famous charcuterie bar ensured everyone was well-fed and had happy tummies.

All proceeds from this year’s tournament support CORE’s mission to provide effective alternatives to substance abuse and aid those affected by it. This event not only offered a day of entertainment and competition but also made a meaningful contribution to combating this critical issue within our community.  CORE is very grateful for all of the participants and sponsors, and we hope this cherished tradition continues for years to come!