PROOF THAT WE HAVE ABSOLUTELY “THE BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD” SUPPORTING THE MIKE SERBA MEMORIAL GOLF TOURNAMENT …….. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!
For our first 6 years we were blessed with really great weather. I remember back in 2011 it rained for about 3 days solid leading up to the tournament …. and then early in the morning of the event the skies cleared and once again we enjoyed a beautiful day. The “boys” and I (actually it’s the boys & girls & I) have developed a bit of a routine to get us through to the day of the event and the post event wrap-up which ends with presenting the proceeds to the charity we support; Silver Creek Pre-School. Part of the routine is to start checking out the long-range weather forecast for the day of the tournament …. always hoping and praying for a great weather day.
This past year was no different. At first, the long-range forecast was iffy and as we got closer to the date it was showing a front with rain was moving in. The day before the tourney it predicted rain starting in the evening with it ending about 11 or 12 the next morning. I was praying for the rain to start as soon as possible which would mean (I hoped) that the front would move through faster than expected and the weather would clear for tee-off time.
When I awoke in the morning, there was a steady but light drizzle of rain. At about 8 am while having breakfast it looked for a moment like it might be clearing and the weather app on my phone was still showing that the rain would end by about noon.
But so much for the weather app and the predictions. The front stalled right over our heads and the rain kept coming. When I got to the golf course I was advised that the course was unplayable and the tournament would have to be cancelled.
It was a real big kick in some nether region that took all of the oxygen out of my lungs. My first reaction was despondency …. all the year’s work by everyone down the drain …. my next immediate reaction was heartbreak. The charity we support; Silver Creek, was going to take a big hit financially because a lot of people didn’t show and didn’t pay in advance and those that did would likely want a refund.
Thank God for the “boys” (of course, I mean boys and girls) kept their wits about them and pulled together to organize a lunch and the silent auction for those that showed up to the golf course and did a great job of salvaging the day.
Over the next few days we had to call all of our contacts ……. you see quite a few participants had pre-paid and most of of our hole sponsors had pre-paid or given commitments and we had to give them an opportunity for a refund.
Well virtually everyone left their money in and all of our hole sponsors kept their commitments of support. In fact; one person who had committed to a foresome for golf and a hole sponsorship and had not yet paid, gave me a cheque for the full amount.
So this year …… thanks to those “BEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD” that support the Mike Serba Memorial Golf Tournament ….. we were able to donate $21,000.00 to Silver Creek in Mike’s memory.
Thank you all from the bottom of our hearts.