It looked like a rain out the way the morning started at Prestonwood Country Club but the 5th Annual Lung Transplant Foundation Golf Tournament, The Fred Krenrich Classic, started with a thunderclap! By 10 am the clouds cleared and some 100 golfers participated in the Shotgun start at Prestonwood’s private, Highlands course.
The LTF’s Tournament Chair, Harry Collins shares, “ The tournament is a memorial to our friend Fred Krenrich who passed away while organizing the first LTF golf tournament. It’s a great tribute to Fred and his family who have been joining us since we started the tournament as they come from all over the country to be a part of the event, raise money for the LTF and honor Fred.”
Prestonwood catered a buffet lunch where the LTF roasted Dr Duane Davis, a premiere transplant surgeon who is leaving Duke University Hospital to head up another lung and heart transplant hospital program. Prizes were awarded and fittingly, Dr Davis won the putting competition for a stay at the Casa Suena cabin in Highlands, NC http://www.vrbo.com/216828 . The luncheon included an awards ceremony for the golfers competing in various events; such as closest to the pin, longest drive while Jeff Krenrich, Fred’s son, was the embarrassing winner of the shortest drive contest. Sadly no one won the hole in one prize, a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Also, the LTF honored a few individuals at the ceremony. Dr Karl Ellins, received an award for his outstanding and generous contributions to the LTF, Lucy Femia and High School student Brianna Yoho, featured in an LTF story earlier this year, were awarded outstanding supporters of the LTF. Also featured was guest speaker, Dr Joe Mann, a worldwide recognized scientist and businessman who received his lung transplant at Duke University Hospital.
The event was sponsored by Lone Rider Breweries, Coca Cola Bottling Company, Total Wine & More WRDU, and Breathe Technologies who generously support the LTF throughout the year. Tony Mabini, Prestonwood’s Golf Director, challenged the LTF and the golfers to fill the golf course next year, Harry get to work on that please!
Join us next year won’t you.