Purple Community Blog

13 Aug 2018

8th Annual David Wiersema Memorial Golf Outing

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It was a warm, dewy morning on August 3 at Winding Creek Golf Course. A handful of dedicated volunteers were bustling around putting the finishing touches on raffle prizes for the 8th Annual David Wiersema Memorial Golf Outing in preparation for all the golfers to arrive.

It was always David’s dream to own a golf course, and in 1998 David’s dream came true when he bought Winding Creek Golf Course. Winding Creek Golf Course is truly picturesque in beautiful Holland, Michigan. You can tell it was built and run with an intense amount of love and attention.

Sadly, David passed away from a brain tumor in 2010. But in the darkest moments there is always light. David’s family lit a flame of hope, forming the David Wiersema Golf Memorial which was originally set up to raise money for golf scholarships for students in the seven local high schools in the Holland community.

In the first seven years the outing raised $145,000, and of that, $34,000 have been distributed in scholarships through the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland. Due to the overwhelming success of this Memorial Golf Outing, the scholarship portion has become self-supporting, and because of this, the Wiersema family is now partnering with the Van Andel Institute’s Purple Community to help support cancer research!

Over 260 golfers showed up to Winding Creek Golf course on August 3 and it was clear that it wasn’t about who won or lost, or who had the longest drive, or best putt, but rather, it was about connecting with and honoring an old friend, a father, a husband, on the green that he so loved.