Annual golf tournament to benefit National Pancreas Foundation


The Earl D. Hoover Memorial Golf Tournament for Charities always benefits a special cause.

This year, board member Ken Schafer recommended the National Pancreas Foundation as the charity for the seventh annual tournament.

“We had a mutual friend of the board of directors pass away from pancreatic cancer,” he said.

Rhonda Parker, a Carmel resident, died Dec. 2, 2018, at age 54. Parker is survived by her husband, John, and two children, Abby and Lucas.

“We just want to make this year a tribute to her,” Schafer said.

Each year, a board member selects a different charity, and it was Schafer’s turn this year.

The golf tournament is set for a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Aug. 3 at Plum Creek Golf Club in Carmel.

Schafer said he became close with the other board members because their children played sports together in the Carmel Dads’ Club. Many of their children attended Prairie Trace Elementary and Clay Middle School together.

“This year, we are shooting to make more than $20,000 to give to the charity,” Schafer said.

The tournament is named for Michael Hoover’s father, who was a Muncie police officer who died of lung cancer at age 60 in 1997 despite being a non-smoker.

Registration is at 7 a.m. An awards reception will be at 6:30 p.m. The registration fee for a foursome is $600 and the single player fee is $150. There are various sponsorship opportunities as well.

For more, visit the Facebook page for Earl D. Hoover Memorial Golf Tournament for Charities.