Event Raises $88,000 for Breast Cancer Research
“Since 1996, we have raised $38.5 million for breast cancer research together – one creative event at a time.” -Play for Pink
The Play for Pink golf tournament yesterday was a really exciting event with over one hundred players in attendance here in The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe! It included nine holes of golf in a scramble format, and although my team did not win, we had a lot of fun, and we helped to raise over $88,000!
The party started the night before from 4:00-7:00pm. Festivities included golf cart decorating, appetizers, drinks, a silent auction, and raffle ticket sales. The raffle included prizes ranging from golf lessons (which I really need!!) to massages, beauty products and gift cards. My partner Samantha and I met the night before the pre-party to decorate our cart, so we had the theme and decorations put together for our group ahead of time. Our team theme was “Treasured Chests” so we decorated our golf cart in pink sparkles and jewels, along with a big pink bra hanging on the front!
It was nice not to have to worry so much about decorating our cart during the party the following night. Instead our team decorated the other two carts (our team of six people got to decorate three carts) and mingled with others at the party! We were eating great food, laughing, and creating wonderful memories before the tournament even started.
Yesterday morning, I woke up and put on all of my pink golf clothes. I headed down to the event lawn and found a few of my teammates. The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe provided a delicious breakfast of fruit, coffee, and of course, pink donuts. Once I found the rest of the team, we took team photos and bought last minute raffle tickets before the 9:00am tee off. Our group started on hole four and worked our way to hole twelve. On each of the holes throughout this tournament, there was a significant advantage in one way or another.
On many holes, skilled men (golf members at The Bridges) were stationed to play for us if we chose. A lot of people, including me, used these helpers on almost every hole to try to get a better ball location. On hole number six, they had a sponsor donating $50 to the cause for every player whose ball landed on the green from the tee location. My ball landed on the green on the first try, and I was so excited!! On hole eight, there was a big net placed behind the hole. We just had to hit the net to finish the hole! Although our team was enthusiastic, we are all part of a beginning class at The Bridges called Golf 101, so it still took us two strokes to get the ball in the “net” on hole eight.
By the end of the tournament we had scored 3 on 3 of the holes, and 2 on the other six! We were impressed with ourselves, even though the winning team scored 2’s across the board, and even a hole-in-one! (Well, a tournament helper got the hole-in-one.) We ate lunch in the main clubhouse (followed by a delectable pink dessert plate) with everyone from the tournament and the golf director Steve announced the tournament and raffle winners.
Overall, it was a tournament full of fun, social connections, and smiles! I was nervous to be involved in something like this, but in the end, it couldn’t have been more of a good time. I can’t wait to sign up next year! The Bridges is an awesome and giving community. Check out more about the Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe here!