CONWAY — Now in its 39th year, the Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament will be moving to a new course and supporting a new cause, continuing its legacy of raising funds to support North Conway's community hospital.
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at the North Conway Country Club, located in the heart of North Conway Village.
Golf pro Kevin Walker will welcome golfers to the storied course. Established in 1895, the North Conway Country Club is known for its views of Mount Washington and the Presidential and Moat Ranges.
The event's Grazing on the Green dinner and awards will take place in its restaurant, with an exceptional menu golfers have come to expect from this long-running event.
But the location isn't the only thing changing. This year the tournament proceeds will be directed towards an emerging need at Memorial Hospital, one that impacts many individuals in the community.
Director of Behavioral Health Lorinda MacDonald, APRN-PMHNP explained the situation: "Due to the increasing number of behavioral health patients seeking treatment in our emergency department, we have an immediate need to expand the number of beds. The emergency department is always the point of entry for those in crisis seeking psychiatric care. Our mission is to provide the highest level of care for all patients who enter the emergency department, whether they are in need of medical care or in a psychiatric crisis."
Due to the lack of available space in psychiatric hospitals, patients in the emergency department can wait for days or weeks for a bed. This situation also delays care for other community members seeking urgent treatment in the emergency department.
The proceeds of this year’s tournament will be the beginning of a community-based effort to support the needs of this vulnerable population.
Last year the event raised over $52,000 which supported Community Health for a Lifetime, providing funds for childhood wellness and other population health initiatives. The event has raised over $850,000 over its long history, purchasing many pieces of life-saving equipment and supporting community health programs.
The tournament has already secured its presenting sponsor, with The Coleman Companies once again taking the top spot. Other sponsorship opportunities are available for local businesses and individuals. Many sponsorship packages also include golf teams for the event. For those wishing to play in the tournament, golfers may join the event as individuals or in teams of four.
The tournament offers one exclusive afternoon flight with play limited to 128 players. Sponsors and golfers are encouraged to sign up early as the tournament sold out last year and is expected to do so again in 2019.
This year’s golf tournament committee members include: Bayard Kennett, Kathy Bennett, Gail Paine, Peter Waugh, Rachael Brown, Corrine Ray, Kathy Sanderson, James Love, Melody Nester, Ed Harrigan and Mary Vigeant, APRN.
The Memorial Hospital Open Golf Tournament was founded in 1980 by former U.S. Rep. Bill Zeliff and Jackson businessman Lee Harmon. The tournament is known for its famous Grazing on the Green food extravaganza the evening of the event.
For more information, or to sign up for golf or sponsorship, go to memorialhospitalnh.org/golf or call Melody Nester at (603) 356-5461 ext. 2264 for more information.