THIELLS It’s doubtful anyone in this loyal contingent needs an excuse to play, but the golfers who take part in the Rally for the Cure year after year at Rotella Memorial Golf Course like the idea of uniting for a cause adds to the attraction.
And they do have a good time.
“It’s a beautiful event,” said Sue Jones of Nanuet, whose foursome each year includes husband Charles and William and Marie Yizar of Greenburgh. “We’ve played with them for years, so we’re tight. It’s for an excellent cause and they hand out a lot of nice prizes.”
The ninth edition of this grassroots program raised nearly $7,500 that will go to breast cancer research and education.
“It’s really like a family outing,” said Pomona resident Ginny Vitiello, who helps organize the event. “Everybody looks for it, ‘When is the Rally? When is the Rally?’ And it’s pretty much the same group each summer.”
The friendly tournament was started by Rotella director of golf Michael Laudien in honor of his grandmother, Victoria Connolly, who suffered from breast cancer and passed away years earlier.
“It was my third or fourth season here and I wanted to create an event that we could run annually,” he said. “I thought it would be a nice way to remember my grandmother, and everybody knows somebody who’s dealt with breast cancer. Our town board members have been super supportive and we’ve grown almost every year.”
The women’s golf committee at Rotella — Ruth O’Connor, Judy Clayton, Arlene Welsh and Carolyn Gamboli — help organize the outing. The number of good swings easily outnumbered the bad, but the humidity did not wilt the enthusiasm.
A noisy luncheon followed the round.
There is a competitive side to the Rally for the Cure, and once their respective handicaps were applied, David Watson (men’s division), Rich McNichol (senior division) and Geri Mechutan (women’s division) were the winners. Each of them netted a 1-over par score of 72.