Pink Ribbon Golf Classic kicks off at 10:30 a.m. today

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic kicks off at 10:30 a.m. today

(Oct. 24, 2014) There’s still time to register for Ocean City’s Pink Ribbon Golf Classic, the all-women’s tournament taking place today, Oct. 24, at the Ocean City Golf Club in Berlin.

Pink Ribbon Golf Classic co-chairs Judy Schoellkopf, left, and Nancy Dofflemyer don pink at the 2013 tournament to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research and programs. (Photo courtesy of Nancy Dofflemyer)

Golfers can come to the course on Country Club Drive starting at 10:30 a.m. to sign up and get a few practice swings in before a catered lunch at 11:30 a.m. Tee time is at noon.

An entry fee of $100, or $400 for a team of four, raises money for the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research and programs and includes lunch, 18 holes of golf with a cart, dinner, an official tournament gift bag and chances to win prizes, auctions and raffles.

“Everybody dresses up and wears pink in honor of the event,” said Event Chair Nancy Dofflemyer. “It’s very festive. It’s a very moving day.”

In its 18th year, the tournament was an early event in what eventually became Ocean City’s Pink Ribbon Classic Series, an assortment of local happenings designed to raise breast cancer awareness and garner money for the ACS.

The Eastern Shore Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA) chapter started the same year and wanted to do something to give back to the community, Dofflemyer explained.

“We thought it would be a really nice way to give back to the community and have an opportunity to make the community aware of our local chapter,” she said.

Joining the Capt. Steve Harman’s Poor Girls Open, a ladies-only billfish tournament, the golf classic launched the soon-to-be Pink Ribbon Classic Series.

“We added the tennis tournament the next year. Then we added the walk and run. It just kept growing,” Dofflemyer said.

Today, the series includes nearly a dozen fundraising events from the tournaments to scrapbooking gatherings, bar crawls and the Making Strides 5K Walk and Run on the Boardwalk. Over the years, the events have raised more than $1 million for breast cancer research and development.

Last year alone, the golf classic raised about $18,200, thanks to 24 teams of four women each, Dofflemyer said.

The Pink Ribbon Classic is a scramble format tournament with three divisions based on handicap plus one fun, non-competing division. There will be prizes including rounds of golf and golf equipment for the longest drive, the closest to pin contest and division winners.

After the tournament, a dinner will be catered by Touch of Italy. There will also be silent and a Chinese auction.

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