SLCC's 'Think Pink' raises a lot of green

Matt DeYoung • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Today is Rally for the Cure, a SLCC women’s golf tournament.

Event chairperson Michele Yasenak said she’s been thrilled by the outpouring of support that Think Pink has received.

“This is our second year, and we have doubled in participation for golfers today,” she said. “The community is really coming behind the event.

“Breast cancer runs in my family. I’ve got several friends who have beat the disease, and I have one right now who is battling the disease. This year we’re on track to hopefully raising the same amount of money as last year, which was a little over $46,000. The community has really stepped up behind us.”

Yasenak noted that over 90 percent of the money raised stays in West Michigan.

“It helps women, or men, who can’t afford a mammogram or who can’t afford the transportation to get a mammogram,” she said.

SLCC general manager Kevin Green said the club was excited to become involved with the Susan G. Komen foundation.

“We wanted to focus our charity efforts to one event, so we designated Susan G. Komen for the Cure to be the recipient of that,” he said. “It’s nice because all our members have rallied behind it to support it in participation, donations, silent auctions. It’s pretty exciting.  Plus, to have members of the community come in and be able to experience the club, to see what facilities and golf course we have, is exciting as well.”

The winners of Monday’s golf outing was a foursome from the Chicago area — Steve Banninga, Lance Banninga, Greg Gurtler and Roger Nietering. Nietering is a Grand Haven native while the other three own summer homes in the area.

“The key was on our final hole, No. 5, we hit a 270-yard drive into the bunker, then Lance holed out our second shot from 45 yards,” Steve Banninga said.

“Plus on every hole we were making our putts,” Lance Banninga added.

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