Ken Kirchhofer raves about how green the Atascocita Golf Club is this season. On Sept. 28, however, Kirchhofer, who is the club’s operations manager, will be bragging about how pink his club is.

– ‘Play for the Pink’ to benefit Project Mammogram –

That’s the date that Lake Houston golfers will tee up to participate in the first-ever “Play for the Pink” golf tournament at the historic and newly refreshed Atascocita Golf Course, benefitting the Northeast Hospital Foundation’s Project Mammogram and other foundation projects.

Project Mammogram performs mammograms and diagnostic services at no charge to residents of Northeast Harris, Montgomery and Liberty counties who qualify.

The Play for the Pink golf tournament is a wonderful opportunity for golfers to network with other Lake Houston residents, raise money for a good cause, and see how Operations Manager Ken Kirchhofer, right, Course Superintendent Ben Hutchins and their team have freshened up the Atascocita Golf Course. Photo by Tom Broad

“The course will be decked out in pink; in fact, all 27 holes will have pink flags,” Kirchhofer said.

Like so many, Kirchhofer has been touched by breast cancer.

“My grandmother died from breast cancer. My wife is a breast cancer survivor,” said Kirchhofer. “When [Tribune Publisher] Cynthia Calvert asked me to participate, I knew that ‘Play for the Pink’ was something that the Atascocita Golf Club needed to play a part in.”

“I am so happy that Ken jumped at the chance to partner with us and offer the Atascocita Golf Club as our home course,” said Calvert. “Ken is committed to our community and we are thrilled to team up with him.”

Calvert created the “Play for the Pink” idea to include more folks in supporting Project Mammogram.

“Having a golf tournament will bring participation from those who might not want or be able to attend the annual ‘In the Pink of Health’ luncheon,” Calvert said. “It’s important to remember that breast cancer doesn’t just affect women – their spouses, families, friends and co-workers are all affected when this disease strikes.”

The “In the Pink” committee, chaired by Cristi Cardenas and Calvert, is hosting the 11th Annual “In the Pink of Health” luncheon Friday, Oct. 19, at the Airport Marriott Grand Ballroom. Houston Astros Field Reporter Julie Morales will emcee, and local entrepreneur and cancer survivor Keith Isbell will be the guest speaker, sharing his five tips for living well.

The golf tournament is chaired by Kirchhofer and local community activist Gwendolyn Crawford. Committee members include Kelly Paull, Millie Garrison, Varda Fields, Susan MacFarland and Marilyn Mann.

“We’ve received such great support from the community,” said Crawford. “Susan is organizing a fantastic goody bag for the players and Marilyn Mann has secured Txtreme to print wonderful signs for our hole sponsors. Txtreme is a Kingwood-based company that works with high schools and community organizations to produce posters, programs and tickets.”

“Play for the Pink” will be a memorable day. Two of the Par 3 holes will feature 50/50 cash prizes with half of the pot going to Project Mammogram and the other half to the winner. A Par 5 hole will feature a Tiger Drive in which the team pays $20 to Project Mammogram to move up to 150 for a second shot.

“Local caterer Cherrie LeDoux, with A Grand Affair, will get us started with a light breakfast before the 10 a.m. shotgun start and The Tribune will host complimentary beer and snacks out on the course,” said Calvert. “We’ll end the day with well-known local Chef David Welch, who will introduce us to his new eatery, Fire Craft BBQ.”

Kirchhofer and Crawford encourage residents to sponsor a hole in memory of a loved one who lost the breast cancer fight or in honor of a survivor.

“This is a perfect way to honor or give tribute to a friend or loved one and, thanks to Txtreme, we’ll have signs out on the course that will also be displayed at our ‘In the Pink of Health’ luncheon,” said Crawford. “You can pay on our website and we’ll take care of it.”

Sponsorships also are available for the presenting sponsor, corporate sponsors and beverage-cart sponsors. Cost for a team of four players is $400 and individual entry is $100.

Register and pay online at northeasthospital foundation.org/play-for-the-pink.

Kirchhofer’s team is reshaping the Atascocita course tee boxes and fairways. He promises Lake Houston golfers – both newbies and seasoned players – that all three courses should be spectacular.

“This fall is going to be something we haven’t seen in quite a while,” he said. “Everything is really green. Of course, the courses will be all decked out in pink.”

For more information about the tournament, the luncheon, or how to become a “Partner in Pink,” visit northeasthospital foundation.org or call 713-397-3093.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.