Summertime Is Made for Golf and Community Spirit

Summer is a great season, full of activities and outdoor delights we dream about during the hazy winter months. But if you prefer to choke down your chicken wing with a chip and run and an open clubface on the green (and understand all 5 aforementioned golf terms), July 8-10 is the weekend for you.

Hosted by the Bank of the Pacific and benefitting the Grays Harbor Community Hospital Foundation, this annual golf tournament marks 19 years of support, partnership, and generosity.

This year’s tournament hopes to defray the cost of a much needed million dollar MRI machine for Grays Harbor Community Hospital. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor Community Hospital.

For more than 40 years, Bank of the Pacific has strived to be an active part of the community; “The words ‘neighbor’ and ‘hometown’ are not just words to everyone at the bank, they are the cornerstones of a committed and proud tradition.”

This is echoed in their work with, and support of, the Hospital Foundation. The Foundation’s history is simple: “Since its inception, Grays Harbor Community Hospital’s many friends have supported state-of-the-art facilities and equipment and the commitment that all residents should have access to the care they need, regardless of their ability to pay.”

Foundation Chair and Bank of the Pacific Commercial Banking Officer Randy Ross explains that “funds get used for lots of different things.” This year’s tournament strives to defray the cost of a new million dollar MRI machine for the hospital.

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The Bank of the Pacific hosts the tournament to benefit the Grays Harbor Community Hospital Foundation. Photo courtesy: Bank of the Pacific.

In recent years, the Foundation’s fundraising paid for two of five much needed EKG machines and even aided the creation of a 15,000 square foot emergency department.

Interested golfers can still sign up to play in this year’s tournament. The weekend starts with a 4:00 p.m. horse race on Friday, July 8 and two flights of golf teams in a 3-person scramble format on Saturday and Sunday, July 9-10.

“The tournament is open to anyone who can pay the fee, put together a team, and has a handicap,” says Ross. Teams will play Saturday morning and again Sunday afternoon or vice versa so everyone has an easy time on the green.

Individual holes on the course are sponsored by local groups and businesses with monies raised benefitting the Foundation. Winning players will receive cash prizes as well. Can’t make the tournament but want to donate? Online contributions are always gratefully accepted.

To sign up, either email Gary Jones ( or stop by the Grays Harbor Country Club Pro Shop at 5300 Central Park Drive in Aberdeen. You can also call the Pro Shop with questions at 360-532-1931. Grays Harbor Country Club hosts tournaments year-round, from January through November.

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This is the 19th year of this fundraising tournament which takes place July 8-10 at the Grays Harbor Country Club. Photo courtesy: Grays Harbor Country Club.

The event is co-ed, especially since last year the President of the Bank of the Pacific Denise Portmann took her turn on the links alongside everyone else.

Humorist P.G. Wodehouse declared that “to find a man’s true character, play golf with him.” When playing raises money and awareness for the community’s hospital and generous corporate and individual donors, I’d say that character is a rare, much-sought-after albatross. Which is a very good thing.

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