Ocala Open raises $100K for local charities, bringing 19-year total to more than $1M

Rick Bourne, Cindy Moody and Kari Hamende, all with Hospice of Marion County, accept the agency’s share of the Ocala Open proceeds. [Photo courtesy Colen Built Development, LLC]

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Posted April 15, 2024 | Staff report

The 19th annual Ocala Open hosted by Candler Hills Golf Club kicked off a three-day tournament on the par 72 championship course with a Charity Pro-Am on March 19 that paired three amateur golfers with one Ocala Open golf professional for an 18-hole competition.

Karla Greenway, CEO of Interfaith Emergency Services, and board president
Wally Wagoner accept the donation. [Photo courtesy Colen Built Development, LLC]

The event raised $100,000 for Hospice of Marion County, Inc. and Interfaith Emergency Services, with each receiving $50,000. The Ocala Open has raised more than $1 million to date in charitable contributions, noted the news release.

“It’s truly remarkable to see the continuous support from our sponsors and the local community, enabling us to reach this milestone of over $1 million raised for local charities,” said Director of Golf Matt Hibbs in the release. “Their generosity allows us to make a meaningful impact on organizations like Hospice of Marion County, Inc. and Interfaith Emergency Services, who provide invaluable assistance to our community and its residents.”

The Ocala Open golf tournament spanned three days, from March 20-22. South Carolina’s Marcus Plunkett claimed the championship by coming in at -16 under-par, for a tournament total of 197. He received $16,000 for his victory, according to the release.

For more information, visit ocalaopen.com

Marcus Plunkett, who won the tournament, displays his winning check. [Photo courtesy Colen Built Development, LLC]

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