Man putting on golf course

Golf Classic Returns to Mare Island

Perfect weather and spectacular views combined for a successful 34th annual NorthBay Guild Golf Classic.

More than 100 golfers traveled to Mare Island for the July 14 tournament, gathering outside the clubhouse early to enjoy some breakfast burritos and beverages before heading out onto the course.

Many took their turns at a putting contest before the noon shot-gun start. A cool breeze drifted in from the strait and sunny skies provided spectacular views at nearly every hole.

This year, the Guild members voted to have funds raised at the tournament support programs throughout the NorthBay Healthcare system such as the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Departments and NorthBay Cancer Center. Accordingly some of the holes had special themes featuring services NorthBay provides. Trauma team members, for example, hosted a chipping contest with a twist: The golfers had to try their luck chipping while wearing “drunk goggles.”

At other holes, volunteers offered up “closest to the pin,” “Hole in one,” “50/50 card games,” and more.

After the rounds were complete, golfers headed to Vino Godfather Mansion for a buffet dinner by Outback Steakhouse, awards presentation, a raffle, and dancing under the stars to the music of Rhythm Method 4.

“Everyone seemed to really enjoy the day, including the beautiful views from Mare Island, and appreciated the dinner and dancing afterward,” said Jane Hilliard, director of Volunteer Services. “We could not have pulled it all off without the tireless work of our many volunteers, and the help of our generous donors, particularly top sponsor Medic Ambulance.”

Appreciation for Medic's support was shown during the awards event after the tournament when NorthBay Healthcare Foundation Board member Bill Fell presented Medic Ambulance President Rudy Manfredi with a crystal sculpture embedded with a 1979 silver dollar to commemorate the company's 38th anniversary of serving Solano County.