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High Altitude Society: St. Clare of Assisi golf fundraiser supports scholarship program

Shelly Shanley and Megan Green have a warm reunion with Monsignor Bob Kinkle at the St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School golf fundraiser at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree.
Betty Ann Woodland | Special to the Daily |

After many years of golfing in the rain, sleet, hail and snow, golfers at this year’s St. Clare tournament had a gorgeous, sunny day for the annual fundraiser. Held at the Sonnenalp Golf Club in Singletree, A Swing & A Prayer started with a 10 a.m. shotgun start with a four-person scramble format. The event has been held in the spring for many years, and at times it was hard to see the golf balls because of the snowfall. The recent glorious fall weather during the charity event was a welcome change for the St. Clare community.

The St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School golf tournament raises funds for the Tuition Assistance Fund, which benefits families seeking a Catholic education in a nurturing environment with a rigorous curriculum. St. Clare Catholic School is a kindergarten through eighth-grade parochial school that is part of the Archdiocese of Denver and encourages the values of respect, responsibility and reverence.

On this day, the community was welcoming back Monsignor Bob Kinkle, who spent 10 years as the pastor of the St. Clare Catholic community and, in June, moved to Lakewood to become the pastor of St. Jude’s community. Kinkle has been missed, as evidenced by the words of sixth-grader Maggie Green and her classmates.

“We want to do a field trip to Monsignor Bob’s church in Denver so that we can see him,” Green said.

Shelly Shanley and Megan Green caught Monsignor Bob up on their grown children away at college and out in the world. Shanley’s young men are busy playing hockey and training for cross-country ski racing.

“They love it,” she said.

Megan Green was missing her sister, Carmel McGuckin, who usually golfs with her in a foursome but was happily celebrating her wedding anniversary.

St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School Director of Development Gina Demarest was busy running around making sure that things ran smoothly at the Swing & A Prayer charity tournament, which will enable scholarships for children to enjoy a challenging, safe and nurturing community that enriches the heart, mind and soul.

For more information, contact Demarest at gdemarest@stclareparish.com or call 970-376-3135.

Betty Ann Woodland is a longtime local who covers social events including fundraisers for nonprofits, local happenings and soirees of all kinds. She can be reached at bettyannw6@gmail.com.