2023 Honorary Chair
HK’s Lake of the Ozarks Open, benefiting Lake Regional Health System, concluded May 20 after two days of golf at The Cove and Porto Cima. The format was a best-ball competition with four-person teams. The first-place team, shooting 12 under par, included Dante Hall, Greg Hafif, Troy Schell, Brad Roling (not pictured).
Sunday, May 21, 2023
Monday, May 22. 2023
HK's 44th Annual Golf Tournament Lake of the Ozarks Open, scheduled for May 21 and 22, 2023 at The Lodge of Four Seasons and The Club at Porto Cima in Lake Ozark, Missouri, will feature Michael Castillo, the head golf professional at Kapalua Golf’s Plantation Course and a cancer survivor. The two-day event raises funds for Lake Regional Health Systems – more than $3.17 million has been raised in the tournament’s 43-year history. Castillo, 60, has battled colon cancer for five years and the disease has progressed to his liver and lungs. He has been through chemotherapy and radiation. While at HK’s Lake of the Ozarks Open, Castillo will participate in the golf tournament and take part in a Q&A focused on healthcare as well as his personal and professional journeys. In January, Castillo competed in the PGA TOUR’s Sony Open in Hawaii after winning the Aloha Section PGA Championship last September (he birdied the final hole to win by one). Then in March, Castillo received a sponsor exemption to play in the PGA TOUR Champions’ Cologuard Classic by Exact Sciences, an event that raises awareness about colon cancer and the importance of early detection. The Sony Open was Castillo’s PGA TOUR debut and the Cologuard Classic was his PGA TOUR Champions debut. Castillo has been the head golf professional at Kapalua’s Plantation Course since October 2019. He has 30 plus years of golf hospitality experience. Over that time, Castillo has led the golf operations at clubs throughout Hawaii and California, including TPC Valencia, Big Canyon Country Club, Princeville Makai Golf Club and Poipu Bay Golf Course.
In the early 1970s, a group of community-minded, lake-area residents realized the need for medical services to treat existing homeowners and the growing second homeowner, retiree and tourist populations. Then, the closest hospital was 50 miles away. Many people who suffered trauma, heart attacks or other serious health conditions did not survive because medical assistance was not immediately available.
Harold Koplar, founder of The Lodge of Four Seasons, was one of the visionaries who believed the area needed a hospital. To help provide funding, the HK’s Annual Hospital Benefit Golf Tournament (named for Koplar) was established. In January 1978, Lake of the Ozarks General Hospital, later renamed Lake Regional Hospital, opened its doors.
Each year, the nonprofit hospital grew, investing income over expenses and charitable contributions into providing more health care services for the lake region. Because of generous contributions and sound fiscal management, the hospital now is a regional health system, providing trauma services, surgery and complete cardiac, cancer and orthopedic care.
Note: The Tournament Committee reserves the right to make any changes up to the actual date of the tournament
In the event of cancellation due to weather, a drawing will be held for prizes, excluding the Hole-in-One and $10,000 putt prizes.
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