Golfing Green Turns into Green for Hospital Expansion

Twenty teams took to the greens for the inaugural Rooks County Healthcare Foundation’s charity golf tournament on September 14 at the Rooks County Golf Course. The tournament, titled “Fairways For The Future”, featured a 3-person scramble. Proceeds from the event are being used to aid in the completion of Rooks County Health Center’s (RCH) new Rehabilitation Center in construction on the north side the hospital.

The event included an 18-hole tournament, a hog roast dinner, a silent auction and live music provided by local band Gypsy Road. Cash prizes were awarded to the top four teams, but in a generous show of support for healthcare in Rooks County nearly all the prize money was donated back to the Foundation. Golfers also swung at the chance to win $50,000 in a hole-in-one contest sponsored by Solutions North Bank for which one golfer came within a foot of making on hole #8, just missing out on the grand prize.

Palco 4-H member, Jamie Keller, donated a blue-ribbon 280-pound hog for the feast following the tournament. The hog roast and music were open to golfers and the public alike and set against the backdrop of a brilliant Kansas sunset.

Between the golf tournament and the community feed, nearly $9,000 was raised towards completing RCH’s new Rehabilitation Center, which is slated to open in the coming weeks if construction continues on schedule. Plans are underway to make “Fairways For The Future” an annual event. Watch for details as they become available online at

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