Memorial golf scramble gets good turnout

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Gary Bennett takes his turn on the course, wearing oven mitts on a dare.
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Don and Cathy Davis wait for their teammates to collect their golf balls and catch up.
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Matt Bonnau, left, lines up his shot while teammates T.J. Scheid, center, and Brian Bonno, right, look on.
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From left, Denny Stodolak, Steve Stodolak, Terry Foco and Brad Mason pause their game for a team photo.
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Participants drive their golf carts out onto the course after the shotgun start.
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Mike Stawowy, one of the Justin Wisniewski Memorial Golf Scramble organizers, is handed a megaphone before thanking everyone for participating.
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By Kevin Bunch
Staff Writer | news@arenacindependent.com
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STANDISH — The Pine River Golf Course was filled with teams participating in the third annual Justin Wisniewski Memorial Golf Scramble the morning of Saturday, June 23.

Wisniewski was a Standish-Sterling graduate who was killed while serving in Iraq on May 19, 2007, and according to his friend Mike Stawowy, who helped organize the tournament, this is a way to remember Wisniewski and raise money for charity.

“We played on this course a lot when we were younger,” Stawowy said. “He was a big fan of golf.”

Stawowy thanked attendees for coming out, and after a moment of silence, a shotgun start signified the start of the scramble, as teams headed out onto the links.

Under the rules of a golf scramble, a team of four each takes turns hitting their balls. The best shot is the one that counts, and everyone takes their next shot from that spot. As a result, scrambles tend to have a faster pace and lower scores than a normal golf tournament.

Stawowy said the funds go to a variety of programs and projects in the area. He said last year they donated a $500 scholarship to the Standish-Sterling school district, $1,200 to the Arenac County Shop With a Cop program, and adopted a family under the adopt-a-family program, among other projects. He said they used some money to purchase some animals from last year’s county fair, and donated the meat to the adopted family.

Stawowy said Wisniewski was proud to be in the U.S. Army. Stawowy said he had risen to the rank of sergeant by age 22, and led a company of 13 men.

“He had an amazing personality,” Stawowy said. “If you ever met him, you would remember. He was usually up to something, and was always fun to be around.”

He said he and the other organizers plan on holding the scramble as long as they are able to get the support, and he thanked the golfers and sponsors for continuing their support over the years.

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