More Than 120 Golfers Attended 3rd Annual Patriot Golf Day Scramble at Cypresswood
by James Coulter
Tom Hevel has been playing golf for the past 64 years. This year was his first year participating in the Patriot Golf Day Scramble at Cypresswood Golf and Country Club in Winter Haven.
Not only did he enjoy participating, but his team won first place. He and his other teammates (Marc Dull, Otha Lindsay, and Brady Wittmer) scored 56, making them the first-place winners.
Hevel enjoyed being able to play alongside other great players, including a Florida Amateur of the Year. However, he most appreciates playing for a great cause like Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization that provides scholarships to children of military service members.
“I think it is one of the best causes available,” he said. “I have been involved since its inception.”
Hevel and his team won first place in the first flight of the event. First place in the second flight went to Don Weaver, Ken Fliss, Josh Fliss, and Gary Carner for scoring 64. First place in the third flight went to the Amuet Team, who scored 66.
Aside from the main competition, the scramble also included a “tournament within a tournament” fought between an American and European team. The European team won that competition with a candy-filled trophy.
Nigel Boardman, the captain of the European team, plays at Cypresswood regularly. He and his teammates play on Sunday. Being able to compete in this scramble officially was excellent, especially winning over the American team.
“It felt great, actually,” he said. “The official Ryder Cup, the European team lost, so it was great to readdress the balance there.”
Boardman has been competing in the scramble for the past two years since it started. He loves attending to play golf with friends and supporting a good cause.
“[I] just [love] the people at Cypresswood,” he said. “It is a great country club, the courses are great, the staff here are great, and anything to help support Folds of Honor is good.”
The Patriot Day Golf Scramble has been hosted at Cypresswood Golf and Country Club for the past three years. The fundraiser provides a scramble format golf tournament with four-person teams.
This year’s event started this Saturday at noon and ended with a BBQ dinner, served by the Colorado Boxed Beef Company, and an awards ceremony at 5 p.m., with several raffles and 50/50 drawings offered for various prizes.
About 120 golfers attended this year’s event. Overall, the golf tournament appeared to have exceeded expectations, especially given the current situation with the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, said Bob Schade, General Manager.
“Last year, we donated $5,000. This year we hope to donate more,” he said. “I think that having 120 people in any one area safely is something we take pride in.”
Even with the pandemic last year, they were able to host their event, which corresponded with the grand re-opening of the golf course. Since its start three years ago, the event has grown by leaps and bounds, and they expect it to continue.
What has especially allowed the tournament to flourish these past few years has been its cause, Folds of Honor. Started 15 years ago by Sgt. Dan Roonie, an Afghanistan and Iraq veteran, the non-profit organization provides scholarships to families and children of military service members.
“I think Cypresswood has always been a community that has worked to create outreach programs through charities, and the Folds of Honor is one that our residents and golfers latch onto to help military families,” Schade said. “It is another way for them to reach them and keep them or get them some connection to say thanks to the military members.”