Local Golf Classic – Links Charity

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Meeting with the media at Moonbrook were (L to R): Mike Roberts, Links Charity 2021 co-chair; Ben Windoft, PGA Head Professional at Moonbrook; Megan Barone, Director of. Development for the WCA Foundation; Peter Sullivan, Links Charity 2021 co-chair; Cecil Miller, vice president for operations at UPMC Chautauqua.

Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez to Play in Final Event

Contributing Writer
Walt Pickut

On Monday, July 19, the Moonbrook Country Club in Jamestown, New York, will host its 30th and final gala fundraising event in partnership with Links Charity golf, in support of the WCA Foundation. Since its inception, the Links Charity golf tournament has raised a remarkable $1.7 million for advanced healthcare at WCA Hospital. Links Charity aims to raise the total even higher in its 30th and final outing.

According to Peter Sullivan, co-chair of the 2021 Links Charity event and a frequent player in years past, “It’s always satisfying to see how the community, the many generous individuals, and our sponsoring corporations come together in such important projects.”

“It’s safe to say we probably wouldn’t have the advanced breast cancer program we have today if not for the generosity of Links Charity,” Cecil Miller, vice president for operations at UPMC Chautauqua said last Wednesday at a Moonbrook media event. “We’ve developed our medical oncology suite with the newest, state of the art technology and equipment for diagnostics and therapeutics, nuclear medicine, and radiation treatment.

Miller added, “This allows us to keep cancer care in Jamestown. Instead of travelling to Buffalo or Erie, people can stay here and get world class care. We would put our program up against anybody in the country.”

Great Planning

“Wouldn’t it be wonderful to make this a huge event?” Peter asked Mike Roberts, the Links Charity 2021 co-chair, one summer afternoon about a year ago. “Let’s really celebrate!” After a year of careful planning by Peter, Mike, and a team of supporters, the July 19 tournament looks like it will keep that promise.

“I’ve been involved for 25 years and every year it’s gotten better,” Miller told the media. “Now they’ve taken it over the top”

Roberts was proud to announce that this year’s tournament headliner will be Nancy Lopez, one of the greats of women’s golf, winner of 48 LPGA Tour events, including three major championships, and a 1987 inductee in the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Sullivan added that this will be a scramble event with one pro in each of the 26 fivesomes. The groups will be randomized to make it enjoyable for everybody with a fair chance for any team to win.

Among the pros teeing off with local amateurs will be Hall of Fame golfers, Jan Lynn Stephenson and Pat Bradley, along with top-tier pros Michele Redman, Val Skinner, Rosie Jones, and many more. “We’ll be here to celebrate the people who made links charity what it has been,” Roberts added.

Great Community

Sullivan praised the outstanding, faithful sponsors who totally bought out sponsorships for 104 amateur places and golf cart drivers participating with the pros. “We want to deliver an event that will be beyond their expectations.”

Asked about the legacy of Links Charity, Roberts said, “The legacy this year is the memory of a wonderful round of golf and of being part of the mission of the WCA Foundation and Links Charity for breast cancer and raising money for a very good local charity…That’s what keeps us going.”

“Our mission this year,” Roberts added, “is to write the largest donation for any one event that Links has been able to put on in 30 years.”

Awards, recognitions, and memories of all the people who made Links Charity happen for the last 30 years will be presented at the National Comedy Center on Monday evening following the Moonbrook event.

Jamestown Gazette readers who want to know more about the event are invited to visit www.wcafoundationjamestown.org

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Walt Pickut’s writing career began with publishing medical research in1971 while working at the Jersey City Medical Center and the NYU Hospital and School of Medicine. Walt holds board registries in respiratory care and sleep technology as well as bachelor's degrees in biology and communication, and a master's degrees in physiology from Fairleigh-Dickinson University in New Jersey, with additional graduate work in mass communication completed at SUNY Amherst. He currently teaches Presentational Speaking in the Houghton College PACE program at JCC and holds memberships in the Society of Professional Journalists and the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He lives in Jamestown with his wife Nancy, an MSW social worker, and has three children: Dr. Cait Lamberton in Pittsburgh, Bill Pickut, a marketing executive in Chicago, and Rev. Matt Pickut in Plymouth, IN.