The St. Louis Arc welcomed eighty golfers to the scenic Boone Valley Golf Club for the 8th Annual Autism Invitational. This year’s tournament raised more than $185,000 to support autism and behavior services programs for over 1,000 children and adults with autism in the St. Louis community.
New to the tournament this year, golfers were given the opportunity to participate in a closest-to-the-pin contest. The winner of the contest walked away with a Rolex, generously donated by Clarkson Jewelers. The competition was fierce, but it was Arc Board member Andy Kanefield who won the beautiful timepiece in the final shoot-out. Other on-course competitions included the men’s and women’s longest drive, longest putt, and a hole-in-one competition sponsored by ELCO Chevrolet Cadillac. While no golfers won the hole-in-one contest, Patrick Dumstroff, Keith Koopmann, Phil Schildknecht, and Ray Carlton played a strong 18 holes to win this year’s tournament.
Thank you to our tournament chairwoman, JoAnn Kindle, and tournament co-chairs, Tom Caruso and Dan Kelley, for their continued leadership and support. We also want to thank our major sponsors, Don Ross, Centene Corporation, The Steward Family Foundation, and Crawford Taylor Foundation for making this amazing day possible.