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Bob Janes Memorial Golf Tournament turns two after successful first outing

By Staff | Apr 1, 2015

The full card of 2014 golfers practice on the driving range in the First Annual Bob Janes Memorial Golf Outing. Corky Boyd

After a very prosperous Bob Janes Memorial Golf Outing debut last year, the MOAA club is hoping to one up their efforts from 2014.

The Second Annual Bob Janes Memorial Golf Outing will be Tuesday, April 14, at the Shell Point Golf Club, located at 17401 on Par Boulevard, Fort Myers.

So far, the second annual outing is well on its way to eclipsing last year’s total of $21,000 raised, which is then in turn donated to various area veteran charities. The goal this year is to reach $30,000.

Last year, the golf tournament attracted 116 paid golfers, with 111 playing. There were 51 hole sponsors, with 39 of them paying.

“We are actually already at our maximum of golfers of 144, but we are still accepting sponsorships,” said Outing Golf Chairman Doug Quelch. “The Golf Pro (Gary Keating) wanted a maximum of 32-34 foursomes playing and I told him we had 36. After he fell off his chair, he said he needed to reserve more golf carts.”

The outing format is Best Ball and there will be two groups of four players for each hole. There are plenty of side games throughout the day, as well as good food and drink.

“We’ll start by giving instructions to the golfers, say the Pledge of Allegiance and maybe sing ‘God Bless America’,” Quelch said. “Honorary Chairman (Sanibel) Mayor Kevin Ruane will say some words, then off they go.”

There will be a maximum of two mulligans sold to golfers to help raise more funds. Mercedes-Benz of Fort Myers will be offering a free two-year leases on their cars if a hole in one is sunk. There will be two chances offered through the 18-hole outing.

BMW also is offering a free weekend rental of one of its convertibles to the men and women’s winner of the Ultimate Drive, which is the longest drive contest.

Each cart will have a goodie bag for golfers, which will include golf balls, a towel and a number of other coupons from its sponsor. Budweiser Sea Coast Beverage also donated a $1,000 worth of items.

“We don’t have any big sponsors, but we do have a number of hole sponsors,” Quelch said.

There are five different sponsorship opportunities, in which the MOAA is still accepting. They include the Yellow Ribbon ($5,000), Brightest Light ($2,500), Light Astern ($1,000) and Hole Sponsor ($150). There are varying benefits which come along with each sponsorship.

“We’ll have ‘Guns and Hoses’ (a bagpipe and drum musical band) playing music during the lunch and then we’ll have our prize ceremony,” Quelch added.

Bailey’s will be making BBQ’s with all the fixings for the hungry golfers after they play their 18 holes, as well as a light breakfast before the tee times start.

MOAA established its own Sanibel-Captiva Chapter in 1982, with membership open to all active, retired and former military officers, including Coast Guard, Public Health Service and NOAA which reside in Lee Coast area.

There are over 380,000 members nationwide and over 400 MOAA chapters, with Florida having the most of any state with 41. The Lee Coast chapter currently has 120 members, with 55-percent of them living on Sanibel.

One of those was Bob Janes, who was a former Sanibel mayor and Lee County Commissioner, as well as a retired Army Colonel, and the name the MOAA golf outing is named after.

“Bob would really be proud an event like this is named after him,” Quelch said.

Some of the charities the MOAA donates to includes: Wounded Warriors of South Florida (not associated with the National Wounded Warriors), Fort Myers V.A. Clinic, Fisher Houses (which offers housing to family members during V.A. Hospital stays), Lee Memorial Hospital Military Support Programs, Florida Gulf Coast University and Hodges University veterans clubs, Lee County School JROTC Scholarships and Awards, Organizers of the Sanibel Veterans Day Ceremony, F.I.S.H., Annual Pride and Patriotism event and the Spirit of ’45 Event honoring WWII Veterans.

“It’s a very good organization and all the money raised, goes to veterans’ charities,” Quelch added.

For more information or to sponsor a hole, contact Quelch at 985-8517 or Sponsorship Chair Roger Triftshauser at 585-704-9486.