June 27, 2016

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Golf: Pat Spoerndle to participate in ‘100 for Hospice’

Pat Spoerndle will golf 100 holes today to raise money for HMC Hospice of Medina County. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

Pat Spoerndle will golf 100 holes today to raise money for HMC Hospice of Medina County. (RON SCHWANE / GAZETTE)

MEDINA — Not even a little rain in the forecast can damper the spirits of Pat Spoerndle.

The Medina resident has many reasons to be happy, as he already has surpassed last year’s record money total for HMC Hospice of Medina County.

He will take to the links for the sixth straight summer in his 100 for Hospice marathon golf event today at Fox Meadow County Club.

“I’m a little concerned about the weather, but I feel good,” Spoerndle said. “The goal, as usual, is to raise a lot of money for Hospice, and it’s safe to say that we should be over $28,000 this season.

“We set a goal of $30,000 at the beginning of the year and, honestly, after a late start I didn’t think we would get near it. I’m very excited.”

Spoerndle plans to start this morning at 6:30 and is more than motivated to break his personal best of 6 hours, 11 minutes that was set last year. He’s typically done with the 100 holes around 1 p.m.

A 90 percent chance of rain that is supposed to get worse as the day progresses could be the only wrench in his round. Combine that with a little knee pain Spoerndle experienced earlier this summer while on vacation and he will have a lot to battle.

But he’s ready.

“It’s a little bit of challenge,” he said. “On vacation I forgot that I was going to be 58 and not 28 and played a lot of basketball with my step sons. After 3-4 days, my knees said that was enough. So I had to take it easy the last couple of weeks and it feels fine now.”

After last season’s eye-popping $25,000 donation, which was a jump of $5,000 from the previous year, Spoerndle is determined to hit the $30,000 mark this year. Over the last two weeks, the fundraising has been kicked into overdrive, and that type of generosity never fails to impress Spoerndle, who originally planned on doing the fundraiser for just one year.

“It’s absolutely amazing,” said Spoerndle, whose efforts surpassed the $100,000 mark last summer. “When I did it the first time, I thought that would be it and I wouldn’t do it again. But after bringing in the money we did I thought it would be criminal to not keep doing it.

“It’s hard to believe that (today) will be the sixth time I will be playing.”

As opposed to the first five years, however, Spoerndle will be by himself on the course. In the past, WKNR-AM 850 had brought a team out to compete against him in the friendly competition, but the station couldn’t put a squad together in time, according to Spoerndle.

Spoerndle has came up with a different idea to push himself, as he said he might try playing a round from each of Fox Meadow’s five tees, including the member’s tees that usually play around 6,918 yards. That, combined with the expected inclement weather, could be enough to spice it up.

“It did push me playing against them, but I will just have to mix it up then,” said Spoerndle, who also thanked Fox Meadow’s staff and members for the opportunity to do the event. “I don’t know if I will have enough in me to play the black tees, but I’ll decide that in the morning.

“This will be my first year fighting the elements, too, but I stopped checking the forecast.”

No matter what happens on the course, the most important thing to Spoerndle is the donating.

Anyone interested can visit www.100forhospice.com or www.hospiceof medina.org/give. All of the proceeds benefit HMC Hospice of Medina and donations are tax deductible.

For more information of if anyone interested in helping further, contact Spoerndle at (330) 721-8822.

Contact Dan Brown at sports@medina-gazette.com.