Was March 18, 2016 - Celebrating a Legacy
This year's date has been confirmed for March 17, 2017, St Patrick's Day. Mark the date on your calendar.
The early founders of Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital didn’t have a lot of time for golf – they were community leaders and agricultural giants on a mission to make an impact beyond their own industries. They had a vision to build a hospital that would provide high quality healthcare at a local level. The group delivered the equivalent of a hole in one.
It was 1941 when successful businessman Bruce Church called on other influential citizens including T.R. Merrill, James J. King, Franklin Cornell and Oscar Daley to lead more than 175 civic leaders in a major fundraising effort. The group raised nearly $300,000 and Church himself generously donated the land for the hospital. WWII briefly paused their effort but not their determination. In 1947, area votes approved a measure to tax themselves and create the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital District. In all the decades since, that district tax has not increased.
When Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital was dedicated on March 29, 1953, president Dwight D. Eisenhower sent a letter of congratulations to Bruce Church. In it he said the “People of Salinas Valley have every right to be proud of this admirable example of local self-reliance and initiative,” commenting on the fact that no state or federal funds were used.
The Founders Cup offers a unique opportunity to support the mission of the region’s early healthcare pioneers. Who knew that playing a round of golf could honor a legacy and build on a vision?
Golf event included: breakfast burrito, silent auction, awards, contests, cocktails and wrap-up party, shared powered golf cart and a commemorative gift. Site this year is the Club at Crazy Horse Canyon Ranch.
7:00 a.m. Registration opens
8:15 a.m. In the carts with your breakfast burrito
8:30 a.m. Shotgun start
1:00 p.m. No-host cocktails, lunch, end of silent auction, awards and event conclusion
(times subject to change)
handicapped by course professional staff
Individual Awards: closest to the pin, longest drive, Las Vegas hole, accurate drive, Hole in one contest & putting contest
Team awards: net and gross
**subject to change**