OSKALOOSA — Many people came to play golf at Oskaloosa Golf to show their support for a good cause.
The 6th annual Golf Under the Stars, which has been a fixture of the community for several years, and is sponsored by the Mahaska Communications Group and the Mahaska Hospice Auxiliary, has given average, amateur golf lovers the ability to mingle with other golfers and play for charity. Lisa McNulty, volunteer coordinator for Mahaska Hospice, who has overseen the event for some time, said that most golfers who participate are from Oskaloosa. However, she added there are a few from outside the area.
“We have a number of people in this tournament that have played for a number of years. And some have played since the inception,” McNulty said.
One of those players was Bubba Vander Molen, who works at the Culvers in Pella.
“It’s for a good cause and its a great opportunity to hang out with friends playing night golf, which I normally don’t get a chance to do everyday,” he said.
McNulty added there are also sponsors, which include area businesses.
“We have a list of 18 teams and I would say that three-fourths of them sponsor the event as well,” she said. Carriker Ford is one sponsor. They were there to award anyone that made a hole-in-one an opportunity to lease a Ford vehicle free.
McNulty said throughout the night, there would be opportunities to enter contests.
“If someone has the longest drive or shortest put, they are able to receive money or other prizes,” she said.
“We have 108 golfers and they play 18 holes. Some play during the day, while some play at night under the Musco lights,” she said. Musco Lighting has been a significant driver providing the lights to help illuminate the course so players can see while they play at night. The event was speculated to last well into early Saturday morning. McNulty said that all depended on when the teams completed the course.