With golf being one of the first amenities for sports enthusiasts to get back in their lives amid the coronavirus pandemic, tournaments have been hard to come by, especially here in southwest Riverside County.

Well, last weekend that changed when Michelle’s Place held their annual Celebration of Life golf tournament. The tournament went off without a hitch and hosted 140 golfers who adhered to social distancing protocol Friday, Aug. 28, at The Golf Club at Rancho California. With a safe environment, surrounded by friendly mask wearing faces, Michelle’s Place staff and volunteers offered up a fun experience for the golfers, some of whom have been attending the tournament for years.

Sponsors like Gosch Ford Temecula and Stadium Pizza helped ensure the 19th annual Michelle’s Place Celebration of Life golf tournament would have success. Valley News/Fil Moreno photo

“I have attended the tournament since the beginning, and I was hopeful we could play again this year,” one golfer said. “I am so happy that the staff at Michelle’s Place did everything possible to make sure we could have our day on the course, supporting our loved ones with cancer.”

The tournament is one of the bigger fundraisers of the year for Michelle’s Place, which helps raise money to support those impacted by cancer. Jennifer Smith, Michelle’s Place fundraising and development officer, offered her take on the tournament.

“Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves, and we are so grateful to all of our sponsors who participated. Gosch Ford Temecula was our presenting sponsor and we are so appreciative of their support,” Smith said.

Golfers took to the course at The Golf Club at Rancho California in Murrieta to support the 19th annual Michelle’s Place Celebration of Life golf tournament. Valley News/Fil Moreno photo

There was no shortage of fun for the golfers, as each of the 18 holes featured a different game, food or drink. Some of the food holes included Buffalo Wild Wings on Murrieta Hot Springs, Which Wich in Murrieta, Stadium Pizza on Jefferson Avenue, Baldy’s Jerky, Q’s Tacos and more.

The golf tournament occurs each year on the last Friday of August and assists the resource center in carrying out the vision that “no one should face cancer alone.” Michelle’s Place is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides education and support services to individuals and their families impacted by cancer. All donations benefit local cancer patients. Article contributions made by Melissa Rada, program manager of Michelle’s Place.

For more information about the annual Celebration of Life golf tournament, call 951-699-5455 or visit their website at http://www.michellesplace.org/events.

JP Raineri can be reached by email at sports@reedermedia.com.