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Links Technology golf outing raises money for Schaumburg foundation

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  • From left, Bob Bettis of St. Charles, Dr. Bill Becker of Hoffman Estates, Mike Radek of Chicago and Brian Burke, president and CEO of Links Technology, tee off Wednesday morning at the sixth annual Links Technology Cup.

       From left, Bob Bettis of St. Charles, Dr. Bill Becker of Hoffman Estates, Mike Radek of Chicago and Brian Burke, president and CEO of Links Technology, tee off Wednesday morning at the sixth annual Links Technology Cup.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Tony LaFrenere, executive director of the Schaumburg Park District and a former golf pro, watches Tony Lauber of Bartlett putt on the sixth hole.

       Tony LaFrenere, executive director of the Schaumburg Park District and a former golf pro, watches Tony Lauber of Bartlett putt on the sixth hole.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Schaumburg Golf Club was filled Wednesday with people enjoying a late-summer round of golf and helping local residents at the same time.

The sixth annual Links Technology Cup brought a capacity crowd of 212 golfers to the course. The event is a fundraiser for the Schaumburg Park Foundation, which uses the money to pay for scholarships and other recreation-based activities in the area.

"We're so delighted with the how the event has grown over the years," said Pat Casler, the foundation's executive vice president. "It's become more than just a golf outing -- it's really an event."

Casler said about 80 people participated in the very first golf outing, which had no sponsor.

In contrast, Wednesday's event was sponsored by a number of prominent suburban businesses and organizations, including Links Technology Solutions Inc., a Schaumburg company that serves as technical partner for the Schaumburg Park District.

Each year, the winning foursome raises the fabled Links Technology Cup.

"We're so grateful for the support that Link Technologies and our other sponsors provide," Casler said. "They make this event what it is."

In addition to 18 holes of golf on a cool but sunny day, participants enjoyed "Taste on the Tee" -- as restaurants from the Schaumburg area set up tents next to most of the holes and served food and drinks. The Daily Herald hosted the closest-to-the-pin contest, and when golfing was over, dinner was served in the golf club's ballroom.

Organizers expected Wednesday's outing to raise about $40,000 for the foundation, an organization that provides financial support to various recreational and cultural projects in Schaumburg.

Casler said the money will be used to fund recreation scholarships for needy children in the area, and it will help with the costs of creating a new dog park at Copley Park.

In previous years, the foundation has put money raised by the event toward renovation of the Nature Museum at Spring Valley and purchase of a bus for senior residents.

"This is a key event for us," Casler said. "All the proceeds go to the foundation and the work we do."

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