Like most of the eclipse festivities around Saint Joseph, the first and likely only Solar Eclipse Charity Golf Classic for many decades was hampered by Monday’s untimely weather.
“Unfortunately the weather didn’t cooperate very well, as at the time of the Eclipse it was pouring down rain,” said the St. Joseph Country Club PGA professional Mike Habermehl, who helped organize the event. “But you know, the people came out and had a good time.”
The four-person scramble event, which was sponsored by the Kansas City Royals and GreatLifeKC, began with an early-morning shotgun start. Though the afternoon start would be canceled primarily due to weather, the event shifted into a party for members and guests to view the day’s momentous astronomical occasion, with a raffle and donation drive as well.
“The tournament was OK. We had 40 people from all over come out,” Habermehl said. “But the turnout at the party was great. Some people came up from Kansas City looking to have a good time, play some golf, donate some good prizes and donate to some of the Royals charities. All of the money went to a good cause.”
The morning’s best team consisted of Troy Teague, Jason Draut, Michael Berlin and Brad Dickerson, who collectively shot a 56, 16 strokes under the course’s par of 72.
Habermehl elaborated on the Country Club’s foresight and preparation in bringing the event to fruition.
“It was probably a year ago when we got a notice to mark the day off because of the Eclipse,” he said. “Some guys on our sales team put this together and got together with the Royals to make it work.”
The event wrapped up in the evening, with a dinner buffet, a charity auction and the announcement of raffle ticket winners.