17th Annual Golf Outing

Ahhh golf. 

The clubs. The carts. The swing. The putt. The sinking of a shot. Wrap all of this in the camaraderie of a group outing under summer skies, throw in a fundraiser and everyone wins, regardless of how bad you may slice, whiff or need one, two or three mulligans

Let’s not forget how good a day outdoors can feel, especially now that coronavirus restrictions have been lifted on a very large scale. Much of the COVID burden has been lifted from our shoulders so there has rarely been a better time to clear your head and embolden your heart by breathing in fresh air and walking 18 holes over the course of a few hours.

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And now for the really important part, so please pay close attention. There is an opportunity coming up to enjoy a day of golf, enjoy the outdoors, enjoy some exercise and take satisfaction in supporting a Rockland County-based nonprofit organization that for more than 50 years has been working to maintain, support, nurture, strengthen and expand the community. 

The work of New City-based VCS resonates so loudly for so many people for so many reasons because of the services they provide—from counseling for victims of domestic violence to a support group for caregivers of older adults. And the COVID-19 pandemic placed VCS front and center because of the many mental health and economic issues that emerged along with the global health crisis. The demand for support services from VCS grew sharply during the pandemic. But like many nonprofits, fundraising efforts got clobbered. VCS took a 75 percent hit to its 2020 fundraising efforts. Yes, that’s 75 percent, not too far off from 100 percent. 

So here’s where you come in. 

You have a great opportunity to show support for VCS, its services and efforts to strengthen the community by registering for the organization’s 17th annual golf outing on Aug. 2 at Rockland Country Club in Sparkill. Proceeds from the event benefit VCS and the critical services it provides. 

17th Annual Golf Outing

Join us for a day of sport, camaraderie, advocacy and fun as we celebrate the 17th Annual VCS Golf Outing at the “foremost” private golf course; Rockland Country Club. Enjoy 150 acres of championship golf, on-course food and drink available all day, all to benefit the Child Abuse Prevention Programs of the non-profit agency, VCS Inc., dedicated to serving Rockland County’s individuals and families since 1970.

Here’s the bottom line, across five decades VCS has been there for us, each and every one of us, whether we rely directly on their services or rely on the strength of the Rockland County community for our families and our businesses to thrive. Without VCS, the Rockland community fabric would not be as strong as it is, with so many people enjoying a good life, with a good future and a positive outlook. 

VCS has been there for us. The time is now at hand for us to be there for VCS. And all that is being asked of you is to enjoy a day of golf and shell out a bit of cash to help empower YOUR community. 

Click here for the nuts-and-bolts of this golfing extravaganza that will in its own special way strengthen the community. Keep in mind that yes, this will be all fun and games; and the day will include breakfast, all day on-the-course barbeque lunch and beverages (including beer), a post-golfing cocktail hour, dinner and prizes. Also, keep in mind that a range of sponsorships are available to purchase, so local businesses along with individuals are most welcome to step right up and expand their support. Click here for all the sponsorship information. And if you can’t make the golf outing, we totally understand and would gladly welcome your donation all the same.

So for those of you who can attend, as you clear your calendar, reach for that credit card or hunt for that check book, let’s take a closer look at this time-honored tradition we call golf. 

According to the Keiser University College of Golf, there’s more to this sport than meets the eye. Consider if you would: 

  • The French word “Cadet” (cad-DAY) means “youngest child” and is where the word “Caddy” comes from.
  • A golf ball will travel further on hot days, because the air is less dense, so it takes less velocity to travel.
  • Golf balls used to be made from leather and chicken or goose feathers. One ball would cost $10-20.
  • Kassandra Komma from Oakland University has recorded two holes-in-one during a nine round game.
  • Only two sports have ever been played while on the moon. One is golf and the other is the javelin throw.
  • Until the invention and rising popularity of the golf tee, golfers played off of sand piles they built themselves.
  • If you walked all eighteen holes instead of riding in a golf cart, you would walk approximately four miles.

And now for a little history, also courtesy of the Keiser University College of Golf. 

The modern game of golf, with 18 holes, “traces its origins back to 15th century Scotland,” according to collegeofgolf.keiseruniversity.edu. 

“The game is first mentioned in an Act of Scottish Parliament in 1457, which called for it to be banned alongside football. King James II of Scotland prohibited the playing of games as it was a distraction from military training, and he felt perfecting archery would be a more worthwhile sporting pursuit.

“After several more bannings throughout the 15th century and golf being lambasted as an unprofitable sport, restrictions on playing the game were removed with the Treaty of Glasgow coming into effect in 1502.”

And how about the spread of golf to American shores, which ultimately set the stage for the VCS golf outing in August? 

“A shipment of golf equipment to Charleston, South Carolina in 1739, aided in the founding of the South Carolina Golf Club in 1787,” and there was “an advertisement for golf clubs and balls in the Royal Gazette of New York City in 1779.”

However, golf didn’t gain any real traction in the U.S. until the early 19th century. 

“In 1894 the United States Golf Association was formed to become ambassadors for the game in the states, which by 1910 was host to 267 golf clubs,” according to Keiser.

And my how the game has grown. 

According to the National Golf Foundation, “Golf's overall reach is an estimated 101 Million—one out of every three Americans age 6+ played golf (on-course or off-course), watched the sport or read about it in 2020.”

Maybe that includes you? Maybe that could include you? In either case, you can join in on the fun and help generate some buzz on Aug. 2. That’s when we’ll all gather to celebrate the American twist on a Scottish game in support of the Rockland County community, the powers of good to help it grow and the engine behind it all, VCS. 

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