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Oak Valley Hospital Foundation Hosts Haidlen Classic
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The 25 th Annual Sid Haidlen Memorial Golf Classic Tournament will be held on Monday, Oct. 12 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Playing in a prior tournament were, from left, Mary Tourtlotte, Kelly Haidlen, Christina Tourtlotte, and Gretchen Haidlen. - photo by Photo Contributed

Oak Valley Hospital Foundation will host the 25th Annual Sid Haidlen Memorial Golf Classic Tournament on Monday, Oct. 12 at the Oakdale Golf and Country Club. Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase state-of-the-art medical equipment for Oak Valley Hospital District and for facility improvements at Oak Valley Care Center, the hospital district’s skilled nursing facility.

Foundation Director Amy Thompson said there is still room for golfers to join in on the fun and festivities and be a part of history as they celebrate their 25th anniversary of doing business on the green. This fall tradition is a favorite for players and sponsors alike. Thompson added that even with the tough economic times where many golf tournament are being cancelled, the Foundation plans to have another successful year.

“We are lucky to have a great network of supporters, including the Haidlen family. This tournament is named in memory of the late Sid Haidlen, a founding director of Oak Valley Hospital District,” Thompson explained. “Because of people like Sid Haidlen and his family, the community has access to a quality healthcare system. Tom and Julia Haidlen have been supporting this event from the start and take part each year not only as sponsors of the event but also as participants and golf. We are lucky to have a great core of supporters that include Erich Haidlen and Gretchen Haidlen, as well.”

The tournament registration begins at 10 a.m., with a barbecue lunch available until tee off. The event kicks off with a shotgun start at noon, and will be followed by an auction and awards dinner. The registration fee of $250 includes the greens fee for 18 holes of golf, a cart, complimentary beverages on the course and a prime rib dinner when players finish their round of play. Each player will also receive a tee bag and a Haidlen Memorial golf shirt.

The tournament features a scramble format and includes several flights so there are many opportunities for people to win. There will be a gross overall winner, and three net winners, a couple’s flight, and a women’s flight.

Thompson said that there are also many opportunities for players to win prizes as individuals. There is a closest to the hole contest, a longest drive, a straightest drive and much more. The day is filled with many opportunities to be a winner, all for a good cause. There is even a chance for a lucky golfer who gets a hole in one to win $10,000.

“In addition, we will present a number of wonderful live auction items, which will be up for biding at the post-tournament reception. A couple of the items to be auctioned off are a two-night stay in a two-bedroom suite at Seascape Resort in beautiful Aptos, catered dinner parties and more,” Thompson said.

The tournament is a great day of fun and friendship, she added.

“We are grateful for the support of our sponsors, players, vendors and volunteers who help to make this tournament a success,” said Thompson. “Many of the players are locals who have played for 15 or 20 years and more. Many of the companies return year and year, as well, and we are very fortunate for their continued support.”

Over the last 10 years the golf tournament has raised $447,000 that has been reinvested back into the community hospital in state-of-the-art medical equipment and facility enhancement. Just in the last couple of years the proceeds have been used to purchase a newborn hearing screening machine, a bariatic gurney for larger ER patients, an orthopedic surgical table, smart pumps and more.

Oakdale and Riverbank High School’s golf programs will also benefit from the tournament, with a scholarship in memory of the late Doug Tourtlotte who was an avid supporter of Oak Valley Hospital.

The Foundation is offering a special opportunity for a lucky person to experience the ‘Great Golf Escape.’ The first place prize is a two-night stay in an ocean view room for two people at the Inn at Spanish Bay and two rounds of golf at Pebble Beach. Second place is a one-night stay at the Carmel Valley Ranch with two rounds of golf, which can be traded for a spa treatment. The third place prize is a $200 gift card that the winner can use as they please.

A chance to win the ‘Great Golf Escape’ costs $50. The winner does not need to be present. The drawing will be held on the evening of the golf tournament. Any member of Oakdale Golf and Country Club will receive a free ‘Great Golf Escape’ entry with their paid entry fee into the Haidlen tourney.

For more information about the Haidlen Memorial Golf Tournament, call the Oak Valley Hospital Foundation Office at (209) 848-4116.