With so many Casa de Campo golfers (200 to be exact) taking part in the Hogar del Niño golf tournament on Saturday the 18th of February, the “salidas” had to be divided into 2 groups, with the first group teeing off at 8:30am and the second group heading out after the rather thrilling ball drop at 1:30pm.
Both groups of players, whether they played in the morning or the afternoon enjoyed a fun round of Casa de Campo golf in the glorious sunshine played in a ‘scrabble’ format – so that each group worked together to get the best possible score!
The children of the Hogar del Niño sing the national anthem
For those who played in the afternoon, their game was inaugurated by an adorable performance of the Dominican national anthem – presented by a group of children from the Hogar del Niño, which was followed by the helicopter ball drop……
The 9th annual helicopter ball drop – USD$2200 raised for the Hogar
Members of the Casa de Campo community – golfers as well as the non-golfers purchased numbered golf balls which were then dropped, tossed and thrown via helicopter by Casa de Campo golf director Gilles Gagnon down towards a hole in the La Romana Country Club driving range. The winners were the lucky people whose ball landed inside the hole!
This year USD$2400 was collected for the Helicopter ball drop – meaning a “pot” of USD$1200 was divided between the lucky winners: The Hogar del Niño, Xiomara Menendez and Rick McDaniel. Unsurprisingly the pots won by the Hogar del Niño and Xiomara Menendez (founder of the charity), were donated back to the cause, whilst Rick McDaniel divided and donated his prize money (USD$400) back to the Hogar del Niño and the McDaniel Teaching Pro’s Tennis Tournament Taking place in March (click here for details.)
Teeing off on the La Romana Country Club golf course, Casa de Campo
The results of the Hogar del Niño golf tournament played on the La Romana Country Club golf course in Casa de Campo were:
Joaquin Montero, Wilfredo Baquero, Luis Baquero & Raul Cendoya – 58
Jim Meek, Jean Pierre Santoni, Lome Babcock & Cali Marcello – 49
Arturo Gil, Juan Manuel Grisolia, Felipe Lahoz & Fernando Baquero – 49
Net 3rd Place Winners:
Freddy Perez, John Padilla, Jose Manuel Almonte & Ramon Santiago – 49
Congratulations to Peggy Richling (pictured above in the cute pink shorts) – who got a “hole in one” during the morning round of the Hogar del Niño tournament on hole #3 of the La Romana Country Club! How exciting! And even more exciting is that Peggy was awarded a prize for her hole in one – a airline ticket to Columbia donated by golf magazine,”Golfistas Dominicanos.”
The following photos were taken during the morning and afternoon rounds of the Hogar del Niño golf tournament, played at the La Romana Country Club in Casa de Campo:
The Hogar del Niño
The Hogar del Niño is a children’s daycare and educational center for over 1500 children, located in La Romana town, just outside of Casa de Campo. Children from as young as just a few weeks old up to 18 years old are cared for and educated daily, from as early as 5:30am and staying as late as 7pm.
The organization also provides special schooling to over 75 hearing impaired and blind children, as well as a vocational school where over 235 students receive classes in different areas like: sewing; industrial preparation, installation and electrical maintenance; plumbing and management of computer office programs.