December 18, 2014

Fifth annual Sgt. Justin Wisniewski Memorial Golf Scramble tees off Saturday

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STANDISH — U.S. Army Sgt. Justin Wisniewski was known as a guy who liked to have a good time, and friends, family and community members will honor him by doing the same thing at a golf outing in his memory June 21.

Mike Stawowy, one of the event’s organizers, said Wisniewski, who was killed in Iraq in May 2007, enjoyed the outdoors and golfing at the Pine River Golf Club, and would love seeing people enjoy the same things he did.

“If you would’ve told him a long time ago that we were going to do something like this in his name, I think he’d be grinning ear to ear with that smile that he always had,” Stawowy said.

This is the fifth year the outing, a shotgun-style scramble, has been held. The cost is $220 per team or $55 per person, Stawowy said. Registration includes 18 holes and a cart, hot dogs, kegs and a steak lunch afterwards.

“It’s a very good value for the money. You’re not going to find anything better,” Stawowy said.

Typically close to 30 teams compete, Stawowy said, but more teams can enter. The golf outing has gone over well with Justin’s family members, Stawowy said.

“They actively participate and help us,” he said. “All of us who help out there — I guess the way some of the other guys and I look at it — is we’re there to serve the Wisniewski family.”

Funds from the scramble have been donated to various organizations and for various products in and around Arenac County, according to Stawowy. Each year monies are used to help families and children out during Thanksgiving and Christmas, he said.

“We’ve helped sponsor Shop with a Cop the last few years,” he said. “For the last four years, we have gone to the Arenac County (Department of Human Services) and gotten a list, and talked to Matt Engster about families that are getting the support and need or want a little bit more, and our one stipulation is we don’t want somebody who abuses the system.”

Funds have also been used to make repairs at Camp Fish Tales in Pinconning, and each year a $500 scholarship is awarded to a Standish-Sterling Central High School senior, Stawowy said.

The scramble is scheduled to start at 9 a.m., with registration beginning at 8 a.m. For more information or to register a team, call 989-529-7324.

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