Golfers and guests pose for a group photo following the Tee for Teal golf tournament at Kebo Valley on Wednesday, Aug. 19. PHOTO BY AMANAT KHULLAR

Annual golf tournament aids cancer research

BAR HARBOR — More than two dozen women came together to play golf and raise funds for cancer research at Kebo Valley Golf Club on Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Tee Off for Teal, a 9-hole ladies scramble golf tournament and a fundraiser in memory of Geertruida “Cookie” Willems and Rita Johnston, is in its seventh year.

Organizer Jacqueline Fitzpatrick started the event to raise awareness for ovarian cancer. “It wasn’t primarily about the money. I kept thinking women don’t know what the symptoms are; they don’t know what to watch for,” said Fitzpatrick.

“It was really about raising awareness and educating people.”

The format of the annual tournament was a straight scramble, friendly to all skill levels, with a shotgun start.

Barbara Tennent of The Jackson Laboratory was the guest speaker and joined the golfers and other guests for dinner and a raffle.

Fitzpatrick estimated that this year’s event raised $1,500.

All proceeds will be donated to The Cookie Willems/Jackson Laboratory Cancer Research Fund.

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Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar

Amanat Khullar is a sports reporter for the Mount Desert Islander. She comes from New Delhi, the capital city of India and graduated from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

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