Over the course of 5 days (April 3-7), Fairfax Station golfer Randy Gutermuth participated in the National Golfing tournament in Pinehurst, N.C. after his victory in a local Liberty Mutual event in the Golf Club of Seabury in Mashpee, Mass.
Gutermuth was one of the 250 golfers that competed in the finals at the Seabury resort the previous week. Originally from Fairfax Station, Gutermuth’s victory at Seabury last Summer is what earned him a spot in Pinehurst.
This Golf Tournament is the peak of a series of over 70 charity golf tournaments that occur throughout the nation. This tournament raised nine million dollars for local charities from the tournaments in 2018 to date. There are over 12,000 golfers that play in these tournaments annually and one of the special guests is two-time U.S. Open Champ and World Golf Hall of Famer Curtis Strange.
Strange is the honorary chairman of the Liberty Insurance Invitational joined the players during the four-day event. This tournament is the greatest charity event in the sport of Golf. It features the talents of men and women amateur golfers which is an 18-hole Scramble format. This tournament is also open to any skill level as well and finishes off the day with a grand dinner and awards ceremony. Loren Shapiro, who’s been the director of this tournament since 1988 finds joy in the services that this tournament provides. “We always want to make sure that every charity makes as much as possible,” Shapiro explained. He also added that, “The best feeling I get from this job is the fact that we’re helping those in need on a regular basis.”
For Gutermuth, this was an experience that couldn’t be measured, “I had never participated in this level of tournament and it exceeded every expectation.” Gutermuth’s team managed to get to the championship round, however his team came up short. However, the loss didn’t matter, “We played a round during a 4in rain storm and our team was smiling the whole time.” But the true highlight of the day for Gutermuth was, “The long putts our team made, the near hole in one, and most importantly was the bonding of our team in one of the true golf meccas.” Despite not winning the tournament, knowing about the good causes behind this tournament and the time with his team was a championship win in it of itself.