Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor’s 22nd Annual Dick Metz Memorial Golf Classic May 7 raised more than $17,800 for the Manor’s Good Samaritan Program.
The tournament was named for the late golf pro and Arkansas City native, Richard “Dick” C. Metz, who was a leading golf pro in the 1930s and 1940s. In his career, he won 14 professional victories and was inducted into the Kansas Golf Hall of Fame in 1991.
After Metz’ death, a golf tournament named for him was started to benefit the Arkansas City Good Samaritan Program, which provides assistance for residents who have out-lived their financial resources.
“Our golf tournament continues to be a huge success from year-to-year,” said Sarah Griggs, executive director for Arkansas City Presbyterian Manor. “We are so thankful that we have a large group of businesses and individuals who support Presbyterian Manor and our mission, not only at the tournament, but throughout the year.”
Seventy-six golfers participated in the four-person scramble tournament.
Prior to tee-off, the annual ball drop was held, which was special this year. In February, the Manor lost a longtime friend and supporter with the passing of Karl Faidley. Karl served many years on the Manor’s Advisory board and over 20 years on the golf tournament committee. In recognition of Karl’s dedication to the Manor’s mission, the ball drop was renamed in his honor. Karl’s wife Dorothy and his son David from Virginia attended the tournament this year. His son participated in the event by dropping the 300 golf balls from the bucket truck provided by Westar Energy.
“Karl truly believed in our mission and supported us not only by volunteering his time, but also speaking openly about our mission to others,” said Griggs. “We were blessed by his friendship and renaming the ball drop was the least we could do.”
The ball drop raises $2,000 each year for Presbyterian Manor’s Good Samaritan Program on its own. Ed Boyles’ ball landed closest to the pin and he won $500. Tad Stover’s was the second closest, which earned him $300 and Larene Walling’s landed third closest, winning $200.
The winners of the pre-tournament putting contest were Justin Sparks in first, Leland Sweetwood in second and Ryan Williams placed third.
The A Flight winners were Brian Sanderholm, Aaron Sanderholm, Michael Sanderholm and Don Shanks. The B Flight winners were Don Ward, Steve Ross, Bob Foster and Al Kimsey.
“We couldn’t do this tournament every year without the tremendous support we receive from the Cowley County community,” Griggs said. “The residents who receive help through the Good Samaritan Program thank you.”