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Golfing in Sunshine for a Worthy Cause – What More Could You Ask For?

Updated: Jul 21, 2018

Sunshine, Good Company, Worthy Cause – What More Could You Ask For?

On Saturday, July 7th, nearly 60 people gathered to support the Pondera Medical Center Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser by way of hitting the golf course and volunteering at the event.


Regardless of golfing ability, everyone had a chance to win fantastic gift basket items that were donated by local vendors. The golfers were served a light breakfast provided by Gary & Leo’s IGA along with water from Town Pump. Lunch was sponsored by the Home Café, Coaches Corner, The Main Drive-In, Frito Lay, and Subway. The beautiful day to play golf was complemented by the wonderful group of people that came out to play. This event would not have been possible without the generous support of local businesses.


Pondera Medical Center is committed to providing “the best of care, close to home” to this community. In order to continue providing high quality care to patients and residents, PMC sought after some much needed equipment: a bedside ultrasound. A bedside ultrasound will increase the efficiency and effectiveness in trauma and surgical assessment by allowing providers to perform Focused assessment with sonography for trauma (FAST) scans in the ER. FAST scans are performed by trained providers as a screening test for blood around the heart or abdominal organs after a trauma. Providers may also use the ultrasound to better perform minor procedures in the hospital, all while decreasing complication rates and risk of infection. Dr. Jay Taylor explains,


“Bedside ultrasound is rapidly growing in its utilization in primary care. By adding this resource to our toolkit, we can continue to meet the needs of our patients. We are so grateful our community’s support and will continue to do our best to serve you.”

The tournament concluded in the late afternoon with awards. Our first place winners earned a personalized jacket from Lookout Promotions and all other winners won prizes donated from our sponsors.


The Home Café Team takes first place in the men’s division at PMC’s Golf Tournament Fundraiser for the fourth year in a row. Pictured here: Tom Billings, J.P. Kasun, Jim Vollrath, and David Howard.

First Place Men’s Division: Home Café Team (Tom Billings, Jim Vollrath, David Howard, J.P. Kasun)

First Place Women’s Division: Stockman Bank Team (Laurie Eisenzimer, Stacey O’Neal, Demi O’Neal, Rona Matheson)

First Place Mixed Division: Billman’s True Value Team (Irvin Derks, Sharon Briden, Arnie Diaz, Casey Diaz)

Men’s Longest Drive: Arnie Diaz (Billman’s)

Women’s Longest Drive: Becca Zullo (Montana Milling, Inc.)

Closest to the Bedpan: Myrna Christensen (Dr. & Mrs. Taylor)

Closest to the Pin: Irvin Derks (Billman’s)

Putting Contest: J.P. Kasun (Home Café)

Poker Run: Paul O’Neil (Sletten Construction)

50/50 raffle winner: Judy Ellis, who graciously donated her winnings back to the fundraiser.


The Billman’s True Value Team takes first place in the mixed division at PMC’s Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Pictured here: Casey Diaz, Irvin Derks, Sharon Briden, and Arnie Diaz.

One hundred percent of the proceeds from this tournament go toward the purchase of a portable ultrasound for the Emergency Department. Randi Coleman, Marketing Specialist and Event Coordinator went on to say,


“This fundraiser is a success due to many factors including the continued support from the amazing sponsors, the fun group of golfers that comes to play year after year, and the dedicated committee and volunteers that works very hard to host this event. We are fortunate to host our fundraiser at the Pondera Golf Club who has given us a deal on green fees year after year. The other expenses are kept to a minimum due to the support from the food and prize sponsors as well. We so appreciate the support and are very pleased with the turnout.”


The Stockman Bank Team takes first place in the women’s division at PMC’s Golf Tournament Fundraiser. Pictured here: Stacey O’Neal, Demi O’Neal, Laurie Eisenzimer, and Rona Matheson.

The fundraiser has allowed PMC to put almost $15,000 to the portable ultrasound budget. We appreciate all the sponsors who supported this fundraiser which includes:


ACE Sponsors donated $1,000 each: Balko Inc., Independence Bank, Northwest Imaging, P.C., Pondera Healthcare Foundation, Sletten Construction, Stockman Bank, and Dr. Jay & Mrs. Monica Taylor.

Eagle Sponsors donated over $750 in-kind: Pondera Golf Course

Birdie Sponsor donated $500 each: Benefis Health Systems, Conrad Lion’s Club, Custom Crop Care, Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Montana Milling, and Olson’s Drug/Village Drug.

Hole or Team Sponsors donated $400 each: 4 U Collision, Billman's True Value, General Distributing, Gustafson Law Offices, Home Café, I-15 Self Storage, and Drishinski for Sheriff (this does not serve as an endorsement by PMC), Sanders Construction/Judy Ellis Family.

Other Monetary Sponsors: Leavitt Group Insurance, Bill & Teddi McKinley, 3 Rivers Communication, Conrad Building Center, Elings Insurance Agency, Bain Plumbing & Heating Inc., Busch Agriculture Resources, Kronebusch Electric, Pondera Country Insurance, Precision Machine & Welding, Mountain View Co-op, 1st Choice Realty, 3 V Distributing, Inc., Advantage Auto & Tire, Conrad Sand & Gravel Redi-Mix, Inc., Sun River Electric Coop, Wesco Trailer Sales, and Windrift Hill.

Food Sponsors: Home Café, Coaches Corner, Main Drive In, Gary & Leo’s IGA, Subway, Folklore, Frito Lay, and Town Pump

Prize Sponsors: 1st Liberty Federal Credit Union, A Shear Happiness, Beary Sweet Alpaca Gift Shop, Conrad Liquor Store 33, Courtesy Ford, CPSI, Framing Etc., Frontline Ag. Solutions, Harvest Natural Health, House of Charles, Kalispell Regional Healthcare, Knobel Grooming, Mane Barber Shop, Marias Greenhouse , Montana Winds Pottery, Montana WWAMI, Northwest Farm Credit Services, Salon 315, Subway, Town Pump Hotels, and Wylie Gustafson.


Thank you for your continued support!!!



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