A round of golf with friends and then dinner at the club will do a person no harm.
And when the good sport who arranges the golf date is Wendell Nordby, it can do all sorts of people all sorts of good.
On Monday, June 9, the founder of Santa Rosa-based Nordby Construction hosted his 25th annual Nordby Golf Invitational, a benefit for local programs and services of the Salvation Army.
Though the net proceeds aren’t yet calculated, the host will be surprised if the money raised by the 108-player tournament, dinner and auction at Santa Rosa Golf & Country Club doesn’t push the cumulative total donated by the 25 Nordby Invitationals to more than $1 million.
Monday was a glorious to play hooky, and golf. Once the last foursome wrapped up at the private course west of Santa Rosa, the players gathered in the upstairs banquet room.
Present for the dinner and program was 14-year-old Jonathan Rubio, who told the crowd he credits the Salvation Army’s Double Punches Boxing Club with keeping him out of gangs and trouble.
The dinner’s emcee, Keith Woods, asked Jonathan, who is doing well in the ring and aspires to compete in the Olympics, to imagine what would happen were the two of them to engage in a 10-round match.
As quick as a right jab, the kid replied, “I’d drop you in the first.”