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25th Annual Driving for Excellence Golf Fest


Mercy High School ‘s 25th Annual Driving for Excellence Golf Fest on July 18 set new records—the most money raised, $60,000, and the most golfers ever, 184. These achievements seemed somewhat fitting as the school also recognized the founders of the event 25 years ago, Ingrid Kalinowski Borghoff, former VP of Advancement and Ron Wilwerding, former Board member.

Proceeds from the golf tourney support the school’s Negotiated Tuition Program. The program provides tuition assistance to students based on each family’s unique needs and income. More than 82 percent of families benefit from this program and $1.6 million is distributed annually.

“ We want to thank Ron and Ingrid for their vision and support of Mercy’s Negotiated Tuition Program. The proceeds from this event have literally made a difference in hundreds of young Mercy Girls lives, helping to make a quality Mercy education available to them. Counting proceeds from this year’s event, the Golf Fest has generated more than $900,000 for tuition assistance,” said Sr. Delores Hannon, RSM, President, Mercy High School.

The event included not only rounds of golf, but a cookout and buffet dinner, a raffle, prizes for first place teams and flag awards (closet to the pin, longest putt, etc.). More than $5,000 worth of prizes and raffle items were also donated to the event. Volunteers including students, parents, alumnae, faculty and staff, and friends of Mercy coordinated registration, the raffle, supported logistics, and helped make the event run smoothly.

Winning teams included:

Women’s Flight: First Place, Jesse Gonderinger Sullivan ‘05, Christine Gonderinger ‘12, Emily Gonderinger ’09 and Mary Gonderinger.

Mixed Team: First Place, Teri Watson, Sean Williams, Mary Ellis and Brian Johnson.

Men’s 2nd Flight: First Place, Craig Koehler, Jeff Blumel, Mark Kunhart, and Ryan Kunhart.

Men’s First Flight: First Place, Mark Roseland, Bob Gonderinger, Kevin Drew, and Mel Bull.

To help offset costs for the event, several generous sponsors provided support. They included:


Presented by

The Skinner Modern Artisan Baking


Larry Good and P. I. Midwest

TD Ameritrade


Sunridge Village

BG Peterson Company



Tee Sponsors: 

Catholic Mutual Group, Core Bank, D.A. Davidson, Dyer Law, John and Cathie Fullenkamp, Goldberg’s Bar & Grill on 132 and Center, Good Lawn, Inc., Holland Basham, Kendall Law Office, Mangelsen’s, Morrissey Engineering, NP Dodge-Pogge Team, Optimas Group, Schleisman Family, Sisters of Mercy, John Wingender and Family, Woodhouse Auto Family and Woods and Aitken.

 Other Sponsors included:

CHI Health, Creighton Federal Credit Union, CFO Systems, Great Harvest Bread Company, Hy-Vee, Ideal Pure Water, Knights of Columbus Council 6249, La Casa Pizzaria, Marathon Ventures, Pinnacle Bank, Premier Bank, and Frank Stoysich Meats.

Members of this year’s Golf Committee included:

  • Larry Good, Former Board Member and President of P.I. Midwest
  • Ron Boner, Mercy parent and partner at USB Financial
  • Richard Anzalone, Mercy parent and President of Sunridge Village
  • Deb Peterson, Mercy friend and owner of BG Peterson Company
  • Mike Goltl, TD Ameritrade
  • Katy Butts, 2003 Mercy alumna and Alumnae Director and Events Coordinator
  • Jim Pogge, Vice President for Advancement

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If you have questions or need additional information contact Jim Pogge, Vice President for Advancement at poggej@mercyhigh.org or call 402.553.9424 ext. 102.