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Tourney is full, but there’s still ways to get involved

By Staff | Sep 12, 2018

Although the Captains for Clean Water Golf Tournament is full, the community is invited to attend a Happy Hour later this month at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club.

Captains for Clean Water Director of Development Bob Brooks said they filled all of the tournament slots with 32 foursome teams a few weeks after they announced the tournament.

“It shows the support that the community has for Captains and with what is going on with our water right now. The community recognizes Captains for Clean Water for one of the groups that is really fighting really hard to change conditions and get the reservoir built,” he said.

The tournament will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 22, at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. The scramble style golf tournament will also feature lunch and a cash bar after the tournament.

Chris Shaul, with the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Brooks said has been instrumental in putting the tournament together. Brooks said it was his idea to hold the event.

“He came to Captains and said the Dunes would like to do this for the benefit of the Captains,” he said.

The tournament will include a golf ball launcher on the fourth hole.

“Participants will be able to purchase a shot out of a golf ball launcher, which will give them the opportunity to make an eagle putt,” Brooks explained. “They will be able to shoot the ball out of the launcher and guarantee an eagle, putting two under par on a par 4.”

The ball launcher is sponsored by the Eric Pfeifer Realty Group.

The tournament will also include a competition closest to the pin on a par 3, longest drive on a longer hole and longest putt on the 18th hole.

The night prior to the golf tournament, Friday, Sept. 21, the community is invited to a happy hour, at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

“There will be a gathering of anyone and everyone that wants to come,” Brooks said. “We will be previewing and beginning to take silent auction items that would be available for bid. Raffle items will be available. There will be a chance to mingle and hopefully have a nice get together and meet and greet.”

He said they are still accepting auction and raffle items. Those interested in donating to the cause can contact Brooks at bob.brooks@captainsforcleanwater.org, or by calling (609) 412-0730.

The title sponsor of the event is SanCap Community Bank.

“We also have a tremendous amount of support from sponsors, general sponsors for the tournament,” Brooks said.

Chris Wittman, Captains for Clean Water co-founder, said the outpouring of support from the community and Dunes helps the organization tremendously.

“It enables us to put our efforts and time into working on these issues instead of putting our efforts and time into fundraising to sustain this organization,” he said. “We don’t have to put our resources and time into pushing our fundraising events to sustain our organization’s mission.”

Other sponsors include Island Inn; Yolo Sports; R.S. Walsh Landscaping; SBL Vacations; Adventures in Paradise; B3 Business Solutions; RLR Investments; Doc Fords; On Island; Over Easy Caf ; Doctor Prendiville; Dan Hunt Custom Homes; Ken Swartz; Shore Lumber; All Septic-All Plumbing; Captiva Cruises and SanCap Chamber of Commerce.

The hole sponsors include John Naumann Realtors; A&S Resort Services; Chauncey and Allison Goss Coastal Title; Heidrick Insurance; Lighthouse Caf ; Bruce L Scheiner and Associates; Sanibel Sea School; Kingfisher Realty; Spa at Tween Waters; Jason Huff Insurance; Thomas F. Rizzo PA Attorney; Island Condo Maintenance; Bait Box; Ken King; Bailey’s and American Gallery of Homes.

“For a tournament that started two months ago, the amount of support from the community is just incredible. It goes a long way to show what Sanibel and the Fort Myers area is all about in this crisis and the support for Captains for Clean Water,” Brooks said. “We cannot thank these people enough. Without supporters and members we wouldn’t be the organization we are.”

He said if there are any other organizations, businesses, or people who would like to sponsor, or make a donation can do so by emailing bob.brooks@captainsforcleanwater.org, or by calling (609) 412-0730.

“We would be more than happy to have them involved, to give them signage and names on the banner,” Brooks said.

Money raised during the tournament will go towards education, advocation for clean water solutions to restore the flow to the Everglades and stop the discharges into the Caloosahatchee and St. Lucie Rivers.

Brooks said Captains for Clean Water has spent a great deal of time in Tallahassee with fishing guides, marina owners and boat manufacturers to help get Senate Bill 10 passed. He said they have also been in Washington working with senators and House representatives to get the funding done and the approval of the reservoir.

“Right now one of our most important campaigns is online, where they can press a button and reach their senators in all 50 states and encourage them to pass the WRDA Bill, the Water and Resources Development Act,” Brooks said, adding that is the most important bill to get passed to get a reservoir built south of the lake.

Wittman said they realize the importance and tragedy that the water quality issues are causing and the importance of these issues, not only economically to the communities, but also to the quality of life and way of life as Floridians.

“We see it firsthand as fishermen. Those issues are why we started Captains for Clean Water, the organization,” he said. “We realize the impact on our community and are working very hard at the state and federal level to get these issues fixed.”

Wittman said they will stay focused on a permanent long-term solution that ultimately will fix the water management system.