HAWLEY, PA — On Monday, August 10, The Country Club at Woodloch Springs paid homage to the history of golf and remembered the founder of a famed Poconos resort with a fundraising golf …
HAWLEY, PA — On Monday, August 10, The Country Club at Woodloch Springs paid homage to the history of golf and remembered the founder of a famed Poconos resort with a fundraising golf tournament to benefit the mission of the Wayne Memorial Hospital and Health Service of nearby Honesdale, PA.
The sport of golf, a game of club-and-ball, traces its beginnings back to the Kingdom of Scotland in the 15th century. Today, it is one of the most popular and challenging sports in America and around the globe.
A bit further along on the never-ending course of history, the 14th Annual Harry Kiesendahl Memorial Golf Tournament raised an estimated $40,000 to help fund programs administered by the local hospital’s foundation, including adding medical staff, updating life-saving equipment and, over the years, contributing funds to area school districts.
“The foundation raises money for the hospital to manage the future,” said Lisa Champeau, public relations manager for the local hospital health system and foundation. “It helps us recruit positions, buy the most up-to-date technology and state-of-the-art services.”
David Hoff serves as CEO of the Wayne Memorial Hospital and Health System.
“This is a great event. It’s a really important activity for our community,” he said. “We’re so thankful that we had everybody come out to support us.”
Hoff noted that the tournament traditionally attracts well over a hundred golfers, and this year’s turnout of 91 participants was a sign of community support for the mission of the hospital, even in the midst of a pandemic.
As a sidelight to the golf outing, this season marks the 100th anniversary of the local hospital (1920-2020), and the folks staffing the check-in table had a stack of embroidered white golf hats labeled “100 Years Wayne Memorial Hospital” to hand out to the golfers.
“Our Second Century Fund has already raised more than three million dollars,” said Nancy Propst, chair of the hospital’s foundation board, noting that proceeds from the 14th Annual Harry Kiesendahl Memorial Golf Outing will help fund “more doctors and more equipment at the hospital. It’s a good feeling in the community.
“You can always raise more money, and recruit more doctors and purchase better information technology, especially in these times,” she added.
Her take on the hospital?
“I think they’re doing an excellent job, better than many large hospitals that I hear about… I can’t say enough, they work endlessly.”
On a more personal note, Propst explained, “My father-in-law has his name on the hospital, so this event means a lot to me.”
Matt Kiesendahl, one of the third-generation owners/founders of Woodloch Pines and the Country Club at Woodloch Springs, was on hand to watch the start of the tourney.
“This event is special to us because my grandfather not only started the business but was also very involved with Wayne Memorial Hospital and on the board for many years,” he said.
Harry and Mary Kiesendahl bought the original 12-arce resort in the Poconos Mountains in 1958. Three generations later, the family-founded all-inclusive resort complex spans more than 1,000 acres and can cater to more than 900 guests.
The Country Club at Woodloch Springs, an 18-hole championship par-72, 6,579-yard golf course has been recognized by Golf Magazine as “one of the finest courses in America” while Golf Digest described it as one of their “Best Places to Play” with a 4.5-star rating for the past 26 years.
Results of the 14th Annual Harry Kiesendahl Memorial Golf Tournament
Mixed 2nd Flight: 1st Place-67 (Susan Bates, Peyton Bates, Adam Kehler); 2nd Place-70 (Gary Mesko, Pete Mesko, Nancy Moro, Gregory Hoeper)
Mixed 1st Flight: 1st Place-62 (Todd Stephens, Dr. Willian Dewar, Dr. Krista Bott, Ron Schmalzle); 2nd Place-64 (Tom Dailey, Tim Dailey, Rob Gentile, Morgan Holmes).
Ladies: 1st Place-77 (Michelle Miller, Debby Stead, Trish Alessi, Nancy Johannes).
Men’s 4th Flight: 1st Place-*68 (Scott Rickard, Cody Dirlam, Bill Johnson, Steve Daniels); 2nd Place-69 (Scott Epstein, Joe Rydzewski, Rick Emmanuelson, Tim Farley); 3rd-Place-70 (Greg Capitolo, Todd Wolfenberg, Josh Wolfenberg, John Wolfenberg).
Men’s 3rd Flight: 1st Place-*68 (Cass Morgan, Mark Patterson, John John, Mark Whitkowski); 2nd Place-68 (Andre Williams, Skip Hunsiker, Bill Tannies, Penn TeleData guest); 3rd Place-68 (Mike Gilhooley, Ken Porzucek, Paul Lokuta, Greg Leister).
Men’s 2nd Flight: 1st Place-*65 (Paul Forlenza, Mike DiMare, Brad Carver, Rhett Davis); 2nd Place-65 (Jerry Dulay, Michael Stanton, Robert Aldrich, Andy Zuzmick); 3nd Place-66 (Peter Rogers, Steve Guccini, Sandy Gabrielson, Mike Clifford).
Men’s 1st Flight: 1st Place-57 (Jordan Ubertini, Steve Hudacek, Steve Hudacek II, Charles Hudacek); 2nd Place-58 (Spencer Williams, Jeff Gould, Henry Skier, Jeff Skier); 3rd Place-60 (Pete Bochnovich, Bill Boyle, Jim Gardas, Skip Horan).
On Course Prizes: Men’s Closest to the Pin #17 (Pete Mesko); Ladies Closest to the Pin #4 (Dr. Krista Bott); Ladies Longest Drive #18 (Dr. Krista Bott); Men’s Longest Drive #9 (Cody Dirlam); Straightest Drive #13 (Andy Kuznick).