Published on September 18, 2017

LMH celebrates 36th Annual Penny Jones Golf Tournament

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A total of $109,000 of the proceeds from Lawrence Memorial Hospital Endowment Association’s annual golf tournament will benefit patients undergoing surgery.

At the close of the 36th annual Penny Jones Golf Tournament last Friday, Rebecca Smith, Endowment Association executive director, presented a check to the hospital to help purchase a state-of-the-art system that tracks surgical instruments. The system uses technology to ensure surgical instruments are sharpened, sterilized and replaced as needed.

“For 36 years, golfers and area businesses have donated to LMH through their participation in the Penny Jones tournament,” Smith said. “This year, our event sponsor, Commerce Bank, teamed up with more than 50 other companies and 256 golfers at the tournament. We would not have a successful tournament without a small army of volunteers, who were led this year by event chairs Cathy Shenoy and Curt Wright.”

A highlight of this year’s event occurred Friday afternoon, when Lawrence resident Tom Larkin made a hole in one on the 17th hole. His prize was a 2017 Ford Focus, donated by Laird Noller auto dealership. This was the second consecutive year that a player sank a hole in one at the tournament to win a car.

Faye Jones, second from left, attended the afternoon session of this year’s golf tournament named for her late husband, Dr. H.P. “Penny” Jones. The tournament benefits Lawrence Memorial Hospital. Picture with Jones are, from left, Kristen Samp, head golf professional at Lawrence Country Club; Rebecca Smith, LMH Endowment Association executive director; and Rheanne Etken, the country club’s general manager

In addition to providing funds for LMH, the Penny Jones tournament offered another opportunity to underscore the importance of local philanthropy. Two sets of golf clubs, donated in memory of longtime tournament player Charlie Becker, were given to the girls golf teams at Lawrence Free State High School and Lawrence High School.

The core mission of the LMH Endowment Association is to provide assistance with community health education, wellness programs and charity care. The tournament is named in honor of the late Dr. H.P. “Penny” Jones, who was a member of Lawrence’s medical community for more than 60 years and a longtime member of Lawrence Country Club, where this year’s tournament was played.

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LMH celebrates 36th annual Penny Jones Golf Tournament