Dublin Villager

Polar Bear Golf Open is Feb. 2 at Safari Golf Club

By ThisWeek Community News  • 

The weather for the Dublin AM Rotary's Polar Bear Golf Open is always uncertain.

The benefactors of the annual event slated for Feb. 2 at the Safari Golf Club, however, are always the same: children and families.

"We have two main fundraisers and this is the second one," said Claudia Trusty, Dublin AM Rotary past president and event organizer.

"The other is in the spring, Aces High," Trusty said. "It's been a casino night."

The Polar Bear Golf Open gives golfers the opportunity to play a nine-hole shot-gun scramble format no matter the weather. Previous events have taken place under sunny skies and in inches of snow.

"Depending on the weather golfers stay out for one or two holes or all nine," Trusty said.

The Dublin AM Rotary funds the event and all proceeds go to support club initiatives for children and families.

"Nationwide Children's Hospital, Welcome Warehouse and scholarships are primary uses," Trusty said.

The Nationwide Children's Hospital project funds training from Dr. William Shiels on interventional radiology, Trusty said.

"We help fund stipends for doctors to come here and study with Dr. Shiels," Trusty said.

"He created interventional radiology that is surgery without scars.

"Doctors come over here for three weeks to train with Dr. Shiels then go back to their own country and train other doctors," she said.

The Dublin AM Rotary has helped fund training for doctors from the Philippines, Spain and India for the medical practice that can dissolve a tumor without surgery.

Last year $12,000 was raised through the Polar Bear Golf Open and Trusty is hoping to fill all 144 spaces this year.

"It's just a great, fun event," she said. "Our golfers get tickets to the Chilly Open and can meet their families there for another great event."

For the $80 registration to the Polar Bear Golf Open, participants get nine holes of golf, a cart, breakfast, lunch and a ticket to the Chilly Open, held by the Westerville Sunrise Rotary at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium from noon to 5 p.m. Feb. 2.

The Chilly Open, a fundraiser for Westerville Sunrise Rotary, also benefits children's charities and includes food from 30 local restaurants, activities for children, music, raffles and a silent auction in heated tents and pavilions at the zoo.

This is the fourth year the Dublin AM Rotary has partnered with the Westerville Sunrise Rotary on the fundraisers and Trusty said the relationship has helped everyone involved.

"It definitely has (attracted more people). Our relationship with them is mutual," she said, adding that each organization points its members to both events. "It's been a synergetic relationship and its all for the kids."

For more information or to register for the Polar Bear Golf Open, look online at polarbearopen.org.

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