More than $30,000 was raised for local recreation programs and nonprofits during the eighth annual Mary Mac Memorial Golf Tournament, held last Friday at the Ocean Pines Golf Club.
Since 2012, the event has raised more than $125,000 for local and regional charitable causes, according to tournament co-organizer Tim McMullen.
The Mary Mac Foundation, and the tournament, was started to honor McMullen’s late wife, Mary McMullen, a Millersville special education teacher and athletics booster who passed away in 2012 at University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore of scleroderma after a lengthy illness. She was 64.
Mary McMullen was also the founder of Ocean Pines’ Summer Youth Program, an administrator at the Maryland School for the Deaf, and president of the Booster’s Club at Old Mill High School in Millersville.
The tournament, each year, has become a family affair for the McMullens, with many coming from Annapolis and other areas of the country to lend a hand.
“It is the most humbling day of the entire year,” Tim McMullen said. “My day starts at 5:30 in the morning when I go to the first tee and put up 31 tee signs from my family and my children’s partners’ family. It’s an unbelievable experience to see what has happened there.”
He also credited the Ocean Pines golf and racquet sports community, as well as the Board of Directors and Recreation and Parks Department, for making the annual fundraiser a success.
“We are now going places that we thought we never would go,” he said. “The combination of our family and what has happened in Ocean Pines really is inspiring, and it inspires us to go further and to do more,” he said.
Proceeds from the 2019 Mary Mac Memorial Golf Tournament will benefit Ocean Pines youth programs as well as the following organizations: the Worcester County Veterans Memorial Foundation at Ocean Pines; Diakonia and the Ravens Roost #44 scholarship in Ocean City; the Ruth Parker Eason Special School in Millersville; Camp St. Vincent, Our Brother’s Keeper and the Goucher Prison Education Partnership in Baltimore; Our Little Jewels in Ellicott City; and the Mike Baker Memorial Scholarship in Glen Burnie, Maryland. Out-of-state beneficiaries include Camp Barnes in Ocean View, Delaware, the Fairfield School District in Fairfield, Pennsylvania, and Disability Rights Advocates in New York City.
Summer camps and youth programs have been a particular favorite of the Mary Mac Foundation.
“Every child deserves a summer – it should not be based on race, ethnicity or where you live,” McMullen said. “Children on the Eastern Shore area are benefiting because of Camp Barnes, and children in the Baltimore-Metropolitan area are benefiting and we feel good about that.”
McMullen said many people behind the scenes each year ensure the tournament runs smoothly. At the Ocean Pines Golf Club, that starts with Golf Director John Malinowski, who is currently running course operations from a series of trailers while a new Ocean Pines Golf Clubhouse is being constructed.
“John Malinowski right now has no clubhouse, but he somehow pulled this all together,” McMullen said. “People want to play our Robert Trent Jones [designed] golf course. The layout is fantastic, and the greens are in good shape.
“You measure success by the obstacles you overcome,” McMullen continued. “Our challenges Friday were bigger than ever, which made it interesting that we accomplished more on Friday than we ever have, and it’s all because everybody pitches in.”
He also singled out four Ocean Pines residents: Roy and Lida Payne – both lifetime friends of Mary McMullen – and Mark and Cathy Stover.
“These are Ocean Pines residents that run the registration – Mark runs the putting contest – and they’re the type of wonderful volunteers that we’re getting,” he said.
The Mary Mac Memorial Golf Tournament this year also included a luncheon at the Ocean Pines Yacht Club, where additional funds were raised through a silent auction of items donated by dozens of local businesses.
McMullen especially wanted to thank the Matt Ortt Companies, who oversee the Yacht Club, and Special Events Coordinator Lia Isel.
“We have never felt so welcomed,” McMullen said. “Everyone was wonderful at the Golf Club and then you go over to the Yacht Club and Lia is saying, ‘What can we do to help?’”
He also highlighted Susan Wojciechowski, who runs the silent auction, and his brother, Don McMullen, for helping to organize the tournament.
“Don calls me every day and says, ‘Alright, what do we need today?’ And I say it to Don once and it’s done,” Tim McMullen said. “And then the silent auction just goes off without a hitch – she [Wojciechowski] is just amazing.
“There’s no way that I could do this without all these great people,” he continued, adding many who played in the tournament also went out of their way. “You had some of these people that came from across the bridge. These are former athletes. These are guys that my family has taught with and coached with, and their commitment is second to none.”
Players from “over the bridge” fondly remember Mary as president of the Old Mill Booster’s Club, McMullen said.
“They knew Mary well and, under her tutelage, they built a new field house in their stadium,” he said. “People involved with that project, which would have taken place around 2010, have long memories.”
Finally, McMullen had some kind words for the Ocean Pines administration, including Association President Doug Parks, General Manager John Viola, Operations Director Colby Phillips, and the food and beverage operations being run by the Ortt Companies.
“I am so excited about what is going on in Ocean Pines with Doug Parks, John Viola, Colby and Matt Ortt,” McMullen said. “I’ve been here since 1974 and the cooperation among our leadership is the reason why our community right now is in such a good shape. It’s fiscally very sound, but more importantly people just can’t get enough of Ocean Pines.
“Friday night we stayed up on the balcony [at the Yacht Club] to listen to Great Train Robbery, and you see people from outside Ocean Pines want to come to our Yacht Club and this is the way we always hoped it would be,” he continued. “We need to appreciate the leadership of those people, because it’s something we didn’t always have a couple of summers ago.”
For more information on the Mary Mac Foundation, visit www.marymac.org. Additional donations to the foundation can be made online or by calling McMullen at 443-827-2091.
The following players received golf competition awards following the tournament:
- Ladies’ Closest to the 5th Hole: Janet Mitchell
- Men’s Closest to the 16th Hole: Ned Carey
- Ladies’ Closest to the Line Drive: Janet Mitchell
- Men’s Closest to the Line Drive: Mark Hirschfeld
- First Place: Four-person scramble score of 55: Matt Wyble, Greg Jablonski, Mike Duckettand MarkKraenter; Second Place: Alex Buchholz, Matt Buchholz, Dennis Buchholz and Kyle Davis
- Putting contest: Rick Lewis with a 93-foot putt