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Woolfington outing a success in spite of Mother Nature

July 11, 2017

IMG_4573.JPGPLYMOUTH – Weather didn’t cooperate with this year’s Craig Woolfington Memorial Golf outing but the participants were more than cooperative in keeping the memory of their friend alive.

While rain forced the cancellation of golfing for the outing 30 of the 36 teams slated to take part still shared the day at the Pretty Lake Golf Club sharing food, fun and memories of Woolfington.

“We were eight for eight years with perfect weather,” said one of the event’s organizers Tony Plothow. “This year, not so much. We had more sponsors than ever before – more than 70 – and so many people that volunteered to help with preparing and setting up and tearing down. We pushed the time back twice before we were forced to cancel at 2 p.m. We still had over 30 teams that came out and spent the day with us at Pretty Lake Golf Club.”

Other than golf, the other events for the day went on as planned.

Silent auction items to raise money were still awarded with a 50/50 drawing won by Dan Dewar, a 50-inch Smart TV drawing – donated by Plymouth Family Dentistry, Nicole Christy D.D.S. – was won by Mike Woolfington, picked by his granddaughter Kate.

The live auction headed by Mark Lee gave away a trip from Oliver Ford and several hotel packages collected by Rod Lindsey.

“Mark (Lindsey) and I just want to thank everyone who was involved in the outing,” said Plothow. “Especially our other major sponsors: Adams Remco and Dave Hodges, Ball Systems Inc. and Andy Caine and Pat Turley, The Zone (Barb and Rick Miller), and Dr. Robert Lindsey.”

“Every year when the outing is over, we get a little emotional remembering the promise and the reason we are doing this,” said Plothow. “It was great to see Craig’s daughter Kate. We think it is very important for her to see how loved her dad was and what Craig meant to so many people.”

Woolfington lost a battle with cancer and his friends Mark Lindsey and Tony Plothow promised him they would ensure that Craig’s daughter Kate would be able to go to college. Money raised for the annual event is placed in a special fund at the Marshall County Community Foundation and goes to Kate’s college fund — but the charity has grown to include a college scholarship to another worthy Plymouth High School recipient headed to Purdue, as well as a yearly contribution for cancer research at Purdue.