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Putting away cancer

August 24, 2018
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

The 4th Annual Boobie Open was held at the Traer Golf and Country Club on Saturday, August 18, raising $8,000 for Relay for Life through the tournament and auction.

According to organizers Sandy Wilson and Michelle Podhajsky, 23 teams from across Iowa and around the country with ties to Traer came back for an afternoon on the course, many dressed in pink for breast cancer awareness. For those familiar with Relay for Life, a golf tournament seems different from the normal walk associated with the organization, but a walk simply wasn't working for the Traer area.

"We got together and started this golf tournament four years ago, versus walking," Wilson said. "We didn't have very many teams that first year, but it kept building each year after that."

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Sherri Morrow of Portland, OR (left) and Michelle Podhajsky of Traer enjoy an afternoon on the Traer Golf Course together.

Each year, the money raised also increased, with $5,264 raised last year and $2,500 in 2016. Podhajsky and Wilson made it their goal to see their fundraiser continue to trend up. Podhajsky joined the organizing committee this year after playing with her team over the last several years. After moving back to Traer last year, she was asked to do the graphic and signage work.

"We've been planning this day for months, so there's a lot of fun meetings we get together for to plan new things that will entertain and engage people," Podhajsky said. "16 teams participated last year and this year we had 23, so that's a pretty good increase from last year. We've got the word out, more participants from out of town, and the golf course does a lot to help us with this event."

The food was donated by Wilson's husband and a family friend, so the donations go back to organization. The raffle and auction items are also donated to help raise these funds.

"We had a lot of cool raffle ticket and auction items this year from local and area businesses," Wilson said. "Our goal was for everyone to leave with a good outlook on the Relay for Life and our golf tournament. It's not just us that get involved, but the younger kids too because it's about all different types of cancer, not just breast cancer. They are understanding it more with parents and friends affected."

The winning golf team was Barnes, Foster, Estes & Dufel with a score of 62.



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