Annual Grape Belt Open a Success

The First Place Team: Jim Deakin, Darien Swanson, Andy Deakin, August Viele.
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Grape Discovery Center

Despite a very rainy Saturday July 29, seventy-two golfers completed 18 holes at Pinehurst Golf Club. Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield.

Golfers commented the rain was chilly, but without the threat of lightening, the tournament took place following a three hour rain delay. Players were generous with their support including the 50/50 drawing and a basket raffle of twenty five prizes. Gift baskets, gift cards and certificates brought interest from the participants. This tournament is the major fund-raising activity for the Center.

Pinehurst’s famous grilled hot dogs were served “at the turn” and a delicious dinner provided by Sensory Smokehouse of Ripley was served at the conclusion of the tournament. Traditional prizes were awarded during the dinner. Taking first place was the team comprised of Jim Deakin, Darien Swanson, Andy Deakin and August Viele. Second place was awarded to Ralph Johnsen, Marcus Lutgen, Bruce Thompson and John Depew. The team of David Bird, Lisa Bird, Jerry Tramuta and Mike Wilson took third place. Additional prizes awarded include: closest to the pin/men, Darien Swanson; longest drive/men, Marcus Lutgen; longest drive/senior, Jon Casler; and longest drive/women, Paula Bobik.

The Grape Discovery Center thanks the following: Westfield Ag & Turf, Tournament Presenting Sponsor; Fredonia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Hole In One sponsor; 21 Brix Winery, Community Bank, Five & 20 Spirits & Brewing, Merritt Winery and Willow Creek Winery, Food & Entertainment sponsors. Businesses contributing to the Prize Sponsorship category include: Jack’s Welding Service, Inc., RD Design & Development LLC, Monte’s Small Engine Repair and Howard Hannah Holt Real Estate. The Center also thanks the many tee sponsors, corporate sponsors and the 72 golfers who literally weathered the storm and participated in this annual fundraising event.

The Grape Discovery Center operates as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Its mission is to encourage tourism and educate visitors about the grape growing history of the Lake Erie Region. The Center is open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Follow the Center on Facebook or visit The Center and outdoor space is available to rent for gatherings up to 40 people, providing an intimate setting for showers, business meetings, birthday parties and the like. E-mail or contact the Center by calling 716-326-2003. After-hours calls, please leave a message. You will receive a call back.