How a game of golf is helping Black Hills kids

RAPID CITY, SD — A round of golf on Wednesday morning did a lot for the lives of children in the Black Hills community. It was a misty, foggy morning for the annual Children’s Miracle Network Play Yellow Golf Tournament at the Hart Ranch, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of the dozens of golfers who showed up to support the organization.

The tournament was a scrimmage match that offered mulligans for an extra donation. According to Shawn Powers, Regional Director of Programs for the Children’s Miracle Network, the strong turnout speaks volumes about why the tournament has been one of their main fundraisers for the past three decades.

The tournament is one of the biggest events held each year by Children’s Miracle Network.

Powers says, “Golf is just another way we love to reach our community. Golf is big here in the Black Hills. We have a very strong golfing community and lots of local support.

Powers says seeing the same faces at the event year after year is a testament not only to the popularity of the tournament, but also to the communities’ commitment to helping area children. Some fun side events at the tournament included Miss South Dakota Hunter Widvey with a challenge hole on the course, and a driver with an extra edge provided by this year’s local Children’s Miracle Network champion, Brox Hunt.

Each of the side events was available for an additional donation, which goes a long way in helping local children and families. Powers says events like this help them provide some of the little things that most don’t consider sippy cups, baby spoons or even diapers for the night.

All money raised from the tournament supports Monument Health’s local Children’s Miracle Network, with proceeds helping to fund everything from family support items to lifesaving equipment for children.

Michael C. Ford