Team Jerry’s Kids retained its first-place title this year in Jamestown Regional Medical Center’s GOLF “fore” GOOD tournament.
The team’s name, “Jerry’s Kids,” is in memory of the late Jerry Baenen. Baenen had played in each GOLF “fore” GOOD tournament since the event’s origin seven years ago.
After his death in December 2016, JRMC organized this summer’s GOLF “fore” GOOD in Baenen’s memory. The tournament benefits the upcoming JRMC Cancer Center.
Baenen is remembered as a lovable golfer who was generous with both his time and money. A cancer survivor, Baenen knew that cancer is not an illness you fight alone. To help, Baenen volunteered his time with Stutsman County Relay for Life. He’d also drive people to their oncology treatments in Bismarck, if they needed it.
Team Jerry’s Kids consisted of Baenen, who was in his 80s, Orr, age 54, as well as Orr’s stepson, Brent Giesler, and friend, Michael Nogosek, who are both in their 20s. This year, Baenen’s daughter, Julie Jeske, played in his honor. She also took top prize for the Jerry Baenen Longest Putt Contest. Jerry’s Kids took first place in the contest with a score of 48. Team Layered – Cody Champagne, Lucas Morken, Brian Meyer and Cody Lausch – took second with a score of 49.
“I will always remember my dad saying ‘Drive for show, putt for dough,’” Jeske said.
Thirty-four teams competed in this year’s tournament, raising more than $28,000.
“GOLF “fore” GOOD is a great excuse to support a great cause,” said Lisa Jackson, JRMC Foundation director. “Miles matter when it comes to cancer care.”
Each year, the JRMC Cancer Center will provide chemotherapy infusions for more than 100 residents of Jamestown and the surrounding communities. Currently, those people travel more than 100 miles for that care. This will eliminate more than 160,000 miles of travel per year.
Baenen knew that those miles matter, Jeske said.
“Cancer is a battle you don’t fight by yourself,” she said. “It pretty much takes a village to help you through it.”
The JRMC Cancer Center will include six infusion rooms, a consultation area and space for nurses and staff. Last year’s GOLF “fore” GOOD netted more than $26,000.
So far, JRMC Foundation has raised more than $900,000 of its $1.5 million goal.
GOLF “fore” GOOD is co-sponsored by Davis Real Estate Services and Physicians Realty Trust. Other sponsors include:
- Birdie: Cargill, Central Business Systems, Great River Energy, Hillerud Construction, R.M. Stoudt, Sanford Health, Scherbenske Inc., Wilhelm Chevrolet Buick GMC
- Driving Range: Farmers Union Insurance Garitt Irey Agency, Neis Bus Service, Ottmar & Ottmar P.C.
- Beverage: Community MRI Services LLC, Delta Dental of Minnesota, FocusOne Solutions
- Hole: AgStar Financial Services, BWBR, Credit Collections Bureau, Dakota Central, Hart Consulting, HCIS/Vaaler Insurance, Hugo’s, Schauer & Associates P.C.
A total of 35 teams participated, including:
- Alerus Financial
- Babinski Team
- Bank Forward
- Cargill Team 1
- Cargill Team 2
- Central Business Systems
- Central Sales
- Cimbura Team
- Coombe Team
- Dakota Plains Credit Union
- FUI: Garitt Irey/Neis Bus
- First Community Credit Union
- Great River Energy
- Hart Counseling
- Hillerud Construction
- Infinity Building
- Jamestown Business Center
- Jamestown Sun
- Jerry’s Kids
- Layered Team
- Maier Team
- JRMC Anesthesia
- Otter Tail Power
- Ottmar & Ottmar P.C.
- Redlin (Enzminger) Team
- Ryan Team
- Sanford Health
- Scherbenske Inc.
- Siek Team
- Skidz Service
- Total Clean Inc.
- Unison Bank
- Zinke Team
- Johnson Team
In addition to first and second place, JRMC also gave away awards at each hole. Those award winners include:
- Closest in Two: Justin Rosenau, MD, Team Sanford
- Men’s Longest Drive: Andrew Gegelman, Team Hart Counseling
- Closest to Fairway Bunker: Jonah Schwartzenberger, Team Cimbura
- Ladies Longest Drive: Sierra Bennion, Team Hillerud Construction
- Marshmallow Fluff/Apple Crush: Brian Meyer/Justin Connell
- Closest to River in Fairway: Jeremy Quillman, Team Siek
- Closest to Pin: Mark Domek, Team Union Bank
- Longest Putt at Hole #9: Courtney Haag, Team Skidz Service
- Men’s Shortest Drive: Tom Schmitz, Team Infinity Building
- Longest Putt at Hole #11: Dion Schlenkder, Team Central Business Systems
- Closest in Two: Brian Meyer, Team Layered
- Closest to the Pin: Kevin Gebhardt, Team Jamestown Business Center
- Longest 2nd Putt: Mark Domek, Team Unison Bank
- Ladies Shortest Drive: Ashley Andres, Team Skidz Service
- It Is Anyone’s Guess: “Team Spirit” Award, Duane Enzminger, Ottmar & Ottmar P.C.
- Closest in Two: Sierra Bennion, Team Hillerud Construction
- “Sod” Division: Team Cargill – Kris Schaller, Mary Bostrom, Nate Rausch, Jeremy Steinwand
- Best Dressed: Jeremy Quillman, Team Siek
Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this event possible:
- Megan Bendewald
- MeLisa Roaldson
- Betty Kennedy
- Katie Mittleider
- Katie Ryan-Anderson
- Barb Schlecht
- Trisha Jungels
- Lori Wanzek
- Emily Woodley
- Katianne Brockpahler
- Annette and Justice Hazelton
- Penny Holland
- Sheri Schweitzer
- Cindy Nelms
- Dane Grebel
- Shar Trevithick
- Marlene and Charles Axtman
- Chasity Lovell
- Bridgett Brewer
For more information, contact Jackson or Penny Holland at (701) 952-4880 or firstname.lastname@example.org.