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Golf Fest Breaks Records

September 12, 2017
By Deb Daley

Mercy High School’s 26th annual Driving for Excellence Golf Fest broke several records on September 11. The event had the most golfers ever, 204, raised the most money ever, $70,000, and the event had more sponsors/patrons than ever at 57. The money will be used to support the Negotiated Tuition Program that provides tuition assistance to students based on each family’s unique needs and income.

Prizes were awarded to best foursome on men’s, women’s and mixed teams, putting, drive, longest shot on the fairway and more. Attendees also took chances in a raffle for prizes ranging from a drone, to fit bit, to golf merchandise and more.

Women’s First Place Team: Jesse Gonderinger Sullivan ’05, Emily Gonderinger ’09, Christine Gonderinger’12 and Jackie Roseland.

Mixed Flight First Place: Annie Messersmith,
Patrick Bresnahan,
Bobby Knowles
and Kathy Burnham.

Men’s First Flight, First Place: Todd Thorson, 
Scott Thorson,
Bob Danielson
and Jerry Tjards.

Men’s Second Flight, First Place: Brad Muse,
Bart Qualsett,
Scott Schneider
and Kevin Kusleika.

Fifty-seven sponsors, patrons and numerous volunteers helped to defray costs of the event.

Presenting Sponsor:

Skinner Modern Artisan Baking

Sponsor: TD Ameritrade

Sponsor: P. I. Midwest


American National Bank, BG Peterson Company, Catholic Mutual Group, Core Bank, Creighton University, DA Davidson, Good Lawn, Inc., Holland Basham Architects, Jamco Abatement Service, Kendall Law Office, Lockton Companies, Mangelsen’s, Morrissey Engineering, P. I. Midwest, Pogge Real Estate Team, Putting Plus, NP Dodge, Sisters of Mercy, Sunridge Village LLC, TD Ameritrade, UBS Financial Services, John Wingender and Family ( In loving memory of Jeanne Agnes Burnett Wingender ’68), and Woods & Aitken.

Banner Sponsors: Farmers Insurance (Rebecca Vermuele Agency) and Right at Home.

DJ Sponsor: Pinnacle Bank

Grill Sponsor: Knights of Columbus Council of 6249

Swag Sponsors: Hy-Vee, Ideal Pure Water, Marathon Ventures, Roberts Advertising, Streck, and Sunridge Village, LLC.

Golf Patrons: Mike Albers, Gary Allgeier, All Makes, All Wired Up Electric, Richard & Heidi Anzalone, Ron & Judy Jarecki Boner ’79, CFO Systems, Control Services, Creighton Federal Credit Union, Fastsigns, Frank Stoysich Meats, Gavilon, Goldberg’s Bar & Grill (132nd & Center,) Mike & Marnie Goltl, Larry & Shirley Good, KPMG, La Casa Pizzeria, Frank & Mihulka, The Optimas Group, Eric & Deb Peterson, The Players Club at Deer Creek, Regal Awards, Connie Ryan’70, and Jim Wingender.