20 Annual Sara Ott Memorial Golf Classic Underway

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Dan MacDonnell (L to R) his wife Robin Ott MacDonnell and the Nature Foundation's Liz Salas pose for a quick picture Friday morning as the golf classic was getting underway. Robin (center and doughter of the late Sara & Frank Ott) has been a part of the annual event each year starting in 1993.
©2013 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Photos By BRLM Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : And they're off! Participants in the 20th Annual Sara Ott Golf Classic headed out for play late Friday morning at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Nellysford, VA - September 20, 2013
©2013 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Photos By BRLM Mountain Photographer Paul Purpura : And they’re off! Participants in the 20th Annual Sara Ott Golf Classic headed out for play late Friday morning at Stoney Creek Golf Course in Nellysford, VA – September 20, 2013

Wintergreen Resort
Nellysford, VA

For years we’ve been telling you about the annual Sara Ott Golf Classic held each September at Stoney Creek Golf Course at Wintergreen Resort. Formerly the Wintergreen Nature Foundation Golf Classic, it was renamed in memory of Sara Ott after she passed away in early 2008. Sara and her husband Frank started the fundraising tournament back in 1993 as a way to raise money for what’s now known as The Nature Foundation at Wintergreen. Sadly Frank passed away earlier in 2013 before this year’s 20th annual tournament.

Dan MacDonnell (L to R) his wife Robin Ott MacDonnell and the Nature Foundation's Liz Salas pose for a quick picture Friday morning as the golf classic was getting underway. Robin (center and doughter of the late Sara & Frank Ott) has been a part of the annual event each year starting in 1993.
Dan MacDonnell (L to R) his wife Robin Ott MacDonnell and the Nature Foundation’s Liz Salas pose for a quick picture Friday morning as the golf classic was getting underway. Robin (center and daughter of the late Sara & Frank Ott) along with her sisters, have been a part of the annual event each year starting in 1993.
Sara Ott at her last golf classic in September 2007. She passed away the following spring in 2008 followed by the death of her husband Frank (below photo) in the summer of 2013.
Sara Ott at her last golf classic in September 2007. She passed away the following spring in 2008 followed by the death of her husband Frank (below photo) in the summer of 2013.
Photo By Tommy Stafford: The late Frank Ott coordinating the golf classic in September 2009. Before his wife Sara Ott's death in 2008 the duo started and coordinated each and every golf classic since 1993.
Photo By Tommy Stafford: The late Frank Ott coordinating the golf classic in September 2009. Before his wife Sara Ott’s death in 2008 the duo started and coordinated each and every golf classic since 1993.
A favorite part of the annual event is the silent auction that happens late in the afternoon followed by a dinner in the evening.
A favorite part of the annual event is the silent auction that happens late in the afternoon followed by a dinner in the evening.

Liz with The Nature Foundation tells us that one of the golfers in the tournament on Friday had already made a hole in one which means he won a new car!

More details on winners this weekend.

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