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  • David Farnham, left, one of the organizers of the third annual golf tournament to raise money for the Hospice of the Fisher Home, joins Amherst Police Sgt. David Foster in watching Foster’s putt just miss the cup during a putting contest that began the benefit at the Amherst Golf Club on Saturday. Only one of the dozens of contestants had success at the 40-foot putt. That was Maggie Balise, 82, of Hatfield. STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Maggie Balise, center, 82, of Hatfield chats with fellow Amherst Golf Club members Rosie Klaes, left, also of Hatfield, and Jean Gowdey, of Hadley after winning the putting contest at the third annual golf tournament benefit for the Hospice of the Fisher Home on Saturday, June 29, 2019. Balise, the only contestant to sink a putt across the 40-foot length of the green, was surprised at her good fortune noting that her nickname is "Three-putt Maggie". —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • A foursome plays the ninth hole at the Amherst Golf Club, which was lined with luminaria bags, during the third annual golf tournament to raise money for the Hospice of the Fisher Home held on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The bags were purchased by people involved in the Hospice of the Fisher Home to honor loved ones. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • About 60 participants in a golf tournament to benefit the Hospice of the Fisher Home raise their glasses in a toast to the late Charlie Parham, a longtime member of the Amherst Golf Club, and former resident of the Hospice, who passed away in March. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

  • Luminaria line the ninth hole at the Amherst Golf Club during the third annual golf tournament to raise money for the Hospice of the Fisher Home held on Saturday, June 29, 2019. The bags were purchased by people involved in the Hospice of the Fisher Home to honor loved ones. —STAFF PHOTO / KEVIN GUTTING

Published: 7/1/2019 10:43:29 PM

AMHERST – About 60 people took part in a golf tournament at the Amherst Golf Club on Saturday to raise money for the Hospice of the Fisher Home. The third annual benefit started off with a putting contest, but only one of the dozens of contestants had success on the 40-foot green and that was Maggie Balise of Hatfield. Balise, 82, was surprised at her good fortune, noting that her nickname is "Three-putt Maggie". Before the 14+ teams scattered for the “shotgun” start of the nine-hole scramble, or “best ball”, tournament, everyone gathered on the first tee to join Ken Kahn of Leverett in a toast to his friend, the late Charlie Parham of Amherst, and the dedication of the tee to the longtime Amherst Golf Club member who had been a resident of the Hospice of the Fisher Home before his passing in March.

Kevin Gutting can be reached at kgutting@gazettenet.com.

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