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Golf Tournament scores big for Hospice of the Valley

 

It was a spectacular day of sun and fun out at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale for Hospice of the Valley’s 2022 Pro-Am Golf Tournament. Thanks to the ongoing generosity of title sponsor Cigna, 22 fabulous foursomes and 22 talented pros raised over $32,000 to help provide compassionate care to thousands of patients and families in need in our community.

"What a beautiful day to come out here and support a beautiful mission,” said Cigna spokeswoman Jeannine Doherty. “Hospice of the Valley has cared for so many of our Cigna members and even our own family members over the years — we’re honored to support all they do in our community"

The event was started in 1998 by volunteer tournament chairman Jay Hoselton, who has raised more than $946,000 over the past 24 years for Hospice of the Valley. His passionate support of the not-for-profit agency has only grown stronger each year. "This organization has my heart, but it’s not just me. We have so many groups who come back year after year because they love how Hospice of the Valley cares for families."

Corporate generosity is definitely par for the course, along with ardent supporters like Ricki Dee Jennings, who returns each year with her foursome of friends — this year pretty in pink.

The April 14 tournament boasted a $10,000 professional purse and showcased top players from the Southwest Section of the PGA. Jake Younan, assistant pro at Mesa Country Club, had a bogey-free round that included 8 birdies. He shot 64 to win the professional division.

Taking first place among the amateur foursomes were Kevin Boyle, pro Derek Deminsky, Joe Solien, Christina Ressa and Michael Ressa with One Point Patient Care. Debashis Chowdhury, Lanny Lahr, pro Kurt Brown, Sumil Menon and Izzy Lifshitz of Canterbury Consulting took second. Third went to Eric Sorensen, Eric Barkyoumb, pro Kyle Lindert, Mark Slyter and Garry Schmidt of Dignity Health.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor
Cigna Healthcare of Arizona

Corporate Sponsor
Apria Healthcare
Lockton Companies

Hole Sponsors
Canterbury Consulting
Dignity Health
Imagine Technology Group
The Jennings family
Tim and Amy Louis, who played in memory of Dr. Tim and Julie Louis
Prisma
Risas Dental and Braces
Service 1st
StateServ
TB Consulting

Beautiful day on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club

Debashis Chowdhury, Lanny Lahr, pro Kurt Brown, Sumil Menon and Izzy Lifshitz of Canterbury Consulting took second.

Third went to Eric Sorensen, Eric Barkyoumb, pro Kyle Lindert, Mark Slyter and Garry Schmidt of Dignity Health.

Taking a swing

Taking first place among the amateur foursomes were Kevin Boyle, pro Derek Deminsky, Joe Solien, Christina Ressa and Michael Ressa with One Point Patient Care.

Setting up the perfect shot

Title Sponsor Cigna’s Second Foursome and Pro Tony Rohlik

Title Sponsor Cigna’s First Foursome and Pro Jim Carter

The event was started in 1998 by volunteer tournament chairman Jay Hoselton

Supporter Ricki Dee Jennings returns each year with her friends (and pro Matt Brooks) — this year pretty in pink.

Title Sponsor Cigna’s Third Foursome and Pro Jason Magee

Apria Healthcare Foursome and Pro Ben Baldwin

Lockton Companies Foursome and Pro Matt Morin

Bird’s eye view of the action