By Michael Page
Men and women dropped their golf shoes in favor of high heels June 9 at the second-annual High Heels for Hope longest drive contest.
The event, put on by the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation and the House of Ruth, was a smashing success during its second go-round. The event's debut last year raised more than $1,200. The second-year total also surpassed the $1,000 mark.
Tom Pierce, director of marketing for BMGC, said there were about 65 participants last year, but this year more than 100 people entered the contest.
Participants purchased one ball for $5 or five balls for $20. All funds raised went to the House of Ruth, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence rebuild their lives. The House of Ruth began operating in 1977, and has helped aid and shelter more than 100,000 victims of domestic violence.
The long-drive title this year for the men went to Jason Smith, with a clout of 312 yards. Cynthia Shreaves was the long driver on the women's side, with a 220-yard drive. All participants were required to hit while wearing heels that are at least 2 inches high. Players driving in heels made for some interesting shots.
"It takes a little getting used to," Pierce said. "The balance is completely different, and you have to adjust your positioning to make contact with the ball, kind of like a lie on the side of a hill."
Players had their pick of high heels, which DSW donated.
"DSW was great," Pierce said. "They donated over 200 pairs of heels, a large box of socks and hosiery."
Although shoes were provided, some chose to make their own fashion statement.
"One that stands out is the group that came down from Harrisburg, Pa.," Pierce said. "They bought their own shoes especially for the event. One fellow had on black heels with argyle socks. Another had pink heels with beads and small straps. People were really putting themselves out there, realizing it was for a good cause. There was a lot of laughter and a lot of fun."
The Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation has served the local golfing community for more than 25 years. The BMGC operates Baltimore's Classic Five golf courses, which are Pine Ridge, Mount Pleasant, Forest Park, Clifton Park and Carroll Park.
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Issue 174: June 2012