Foundation honors Oak Lawn cops at annual golf outing
The Oak Lawn Park Foundation honored the
Oak Lawn Police Department at its 20th annual golf outing held last Saturday at Stony Creek Golf Course.
Before the 32 foursomes taking part in the event teed off, the police department’s honor guard presented an American flag to Oak Lawn Police Chief Michael Murray, retired Police Chief Bill Villanova and Oak Lawn Parks Foundation Chairman Alex Kazmierczak.
Once the flag was raised, Kazmierczak dedicated a new tree at the course. The blue spruce was donated by the Parks Foundation to honor “past and present personnel of the Oak Lawn Police Department in recognition of their commitment to and protection of the community.”
The annual tournament is a fundraiser for the Foundation, which helps fund environmental projects, special recreation and community beautification projects. The winning foursome of the scramble-format tournament received a $100 prize.
Five holes on the course offered special challenges. Holes six and 10 featured straightest drive contests for men and women, and three of the holes featured betting challenges that helped raise money for the Foundation. Holes two and 12 allowed players to bet on getting the ball into a circle on the green, and players on the 18th hole could bet on their ability to beat Stony Creek’s assistant golf pro Jason Fears in a putting contest.
In the end, the winning foursome was the team of George Les, Jerry Hurckes, Tom Bonick and Rob Garcia. The winner of the men’s straightest drive contest was George Les and the winner of the women’s straightest drive was Chris Lantz.
“Everybody had a good time, the rain held off, but it all came to a halt pretty quickly when the Hawks game came on,” Kazmierczak said afterward. “But we kind of expected that. Overall we’re very happy with how it turned out.”
Kazmierczak said that the silent auctions and raffles went well, but the final total of the money raised by the event has not been calculated yet.