Suffolk Indoor Putting Luncheon Is a Hole-in-One
February 25, 2009 – If you are searching for a fun filled, fundraiser to wipe away the winter blues – try an Indoor Putting Luncheon.
The Suffolk chapter of CAF has been doing this for 5 years, and the event has doubled in size during that time. The chapter uses a local tavern, which closes on the last Monday in January for the Putting Luncheon. The chapter sets up a store-bought 60’ putting carpet with a ball return hole.
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A team consists of two players, and the Suffolk chapter charges $200 per team. Each team is given a number. Each player gets three balls, hence six balls per team. There is an “on deck” bench. When the first team is called, the second team is called to the “on deck” bench. A team that sinks a ball goes to the play-off round. This year, the chapter had 50 teams and three teams went to the play-off round. The two winners received $500 each.
The festivities began at 12:30 p.m. with an open bar until 5:30. By 1:00, most of the players had arrived and the first number was called. At 2:00 the buffet luncheon was opened.
Over the last five years this event has grown from 50 players to 100. Each year something new is added. Instead of rolling the ball back to the starter, the chapter now has a PVC pipe that is set up on an incline and the ball rolls back to a box at the starting line. They have also added a light that twirls when a player sinks a putt and a bell that rings, as well as a “for show” ball washer at the starting line.
The cost to the tavern ws $40 per player. During the course of the afternoon, 50/50 raffle tickets were sold.
Scheduling this in late January or early February is ideal, as everyone wants a break from the cold weather and an opportunity to gather with old friends and make new acquaintances.
(Pictured, left to right)
Larry McCrann, Ed Lynch, Joe Hurley, Jake Watral, Tony Laurino