Sluggers on course in Skaneateles

Many of Central New York's premier golfers teed up at the Skaneateles Country Club to raise funds for area kids who need it most.

The weather couldn't have been better as 17 of central New York's hard driving marathon men, charged around a minimum of 100 holes of golf on Monday May 21. This one of a kind tournament was the fourth annual "100 holes 4 kids."

Sponsors got behind the players too, in order to raise money for the McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Site (MRCAS). This is a safe place for children who have been sexually or physically abused. It is a place children can go when their home is no longer safe.

Skaneateles' Don Lemp of Lemp Jewelers in downtown Syracuse is the tournament chair and organizer. He brought the tourney out to the Skaneateles Country Club this year as he thought the course would lend itself to the unusual format. Which it did, according to MRCAS board member John O'Brien of American Home Mortgage.

"Today it went faster, the pace was nice, kind of perfect," he said of his third year out. He started at 6:50 a.m. because of a 20-minute frost delay and finished half an hour early.

"The real story here is the players," Lemp said, "All tremendous guys, they all do it because they believe in the cause."

WSYR's Jim Reith raised the biggest dollar amount from his listenership, $ 27,000. And Lemp said Reith did as much off the air as on in volunteering his time to benefit this cause. Reith said WSYR and ClearChannels were involved in the opening of the house in 2001.

"It's a very important cause," he said.

The site's director, Jennifer Parmelee, said they work with the Child Abuse Response Team (CART) to develop ways to improve the system for these kids, "we want to do more for the victims."

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