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A soggy start gave way to sunny skies as 140 players competed for top honors at Calvert Memorial Hospital Foundation’s 23rd Annual Benefit Golf Classic on May 21 at the Old South Country Club in Lothian. The charity event raised $60,000 to support a new community outreach program to enhance the care of chronically ill patients after they leave the hospital.

At the awards dinner, a press release states, CMH President and CEO Jim Xinis told attendees, “Your generosity will help us to add a ‘transition to home’ program that provides added support from a care coordinator and even a home visit to ensure that they are equipped with the tools and information they need to stay healthy at home.”

“This is a really important program,” said Xinis, “and we are confident it will have a big impact on the lives of many in our community.”

Since the tournament began in 1990, it has raised over $872,500, according to the release. Last year’s proceeds were used to purchase remote telemetry equipment that allows continuous monitoring of patients who leave the cardiac unit for diagnostic testing elsewhere in the hospital.

“We are truly overwhelmed by the extraordinary level of support from the tournament’s many sponsors,” said event co-chair Pat Petricko in the release. “I especially want to thank our hard-working committee for all of their help in making the 2012 tournament another outstanding event.” Petricko co-chaired this year’s tournament with Jay Fowler of AAA Transport.

Xinis extended special thanks to breakfast sponsor Pat Petricko/REMAX 100, lunch sponsor Freedom Office Products and dinner sponsor RICOH. He also thanked Hole in One sponsors All American Harley Davidson, Bayside Auto Group, Dickinson Jewelers and Winegardner Auto Group.

During his remarks at the awards dinner, Xinis recognized Ryder Club sponsors AAA Transport, Leach Wallace Associates and MedStar Health and Networking Concepts, along with Open Tournament sponsors American Radiology Services, Bay Vascular Surgery — Dr. Nancy Clark, Calvert Wealth Management, Capital Food Service, Crothall Grace Care, Marathon Capital Management, Ober, Kaler, Grimes and Shriver, SunTrust Bank, Walgreens and Wilmot Sanz.

Taking first place in Division I was Monty Suder Jr. and Joe Rice. Matt Walling, Greg Walling, Pierce Burns and Dave Myers capped the top slot in Division II and AAA Transport outpaced all contenders in Division III.