Raising dollars, one drive at a time

COTTAGE GROVE, Ore. - What does a pulse oximeter tester and a high-tech stretcher have to do with the game of golf?

Plenty, because every drive, shank and putt golfers made on Friday was helping fund Cottage Grove Community Medical Center.

The 9th annual Cottage Grove Hospital Auxiliary tournament is the hospital's biggest yearly fundraiser.

Auxiliary president Susan Carver says through the years, the money raised from the tournament has been vital for rural health care.

"Just from the tournaments, I would guess about $70,000 has been raised," explains Carver.

Critical cash used to buy that procedural stretcher and oximeter tester--and the list goes on.

"But it also builds awareness and helps bring us together as a community around the hospital and that's very important," says hospital foundation President, Amy Callahan.

Foundation officials hope to raise between $10,000 and $12,000 from this year's tournament.

There was also a hole-in-one at Friday's tournament. 16-year-old Shawn Melendy, a student at Marist High School, scored his first ace on the par-3, 100 yard 14th hole with a pitching wedge.