September 17, 2021

Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization celebrates its 70th anniversary with golf tournament


Courtesy of Wasyl Mirutenko

The Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization (ODUM) celebrated its 70th anniversary over the Labor Day weekend. Participants of the celebration took a group photo following their golf tournament at Crane’s Landing Golf Club at the Marriott Lincolnshire Resort in Lincolnshire, Ill.

LINCOLNSHIRE, Ill. – The Ukrainian Democratic Youth Organization (ODUM) celebrated its 70th anniversary over the Labor Day weekend at the Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.  One of the weekend highlights included a scramble golf tournament held at Crane’s Landing Golf Club in Lincolnshire, Ill. The weather cooperated, allowing members of ODUM and friends to enjoy good times, fellowship and a great day of golf.

The winners in the lady’s division of the golf tournament were Lydia Stankevych, Katrusia Saldan, Mary Konowal and Natalie Mirutenko. There was a tie in the men’s division, and the victory was awarded to Andrew Baranyk, Pete Brush, Eric Dania and Andy Chychula. The foursome of Gene Andrus, Mykola Sidelnik, Jerry Petrash and Mykola Sidelnik, Jr., tied for first place.

Orysia Kourbatov

Tournament Director Wasyl Mirutenko (left), Dmytro Skyba and golf bag winner Kostia Kourbatov (right).

The most honest golfers were Bohdan Dudycz, Walter Dudycz, Mykola Skyba and George Sawertailo.

The winners of the “closest to the pin” contests were Victor Ampulski, Mykola Washchuk, Roma Mirutenko and Mary Konowal.  The men’s and women’s “longest drive” competitions were won by Quinn Minich and Katrusia Saldan. The putting contest was won by Quinn Minich with a hole in one.

A one-of-a-kind Golf bag, donated by the Selfreliance Foundation, was won by Kostia Kourbatov.

ODUM officials and the tournament’s organizer expressed their gratitude to all of the participants and generous donors.  They included the following individuals:  Nestor and Olya Popowych; Oleh and Luba Skubiak; Dr. George and Katherine Charuk; Dr. George and Lydia Stankevych; Dr. Roman and Katrusia Saldan; Wasyl, Natalka and Roma Mirutenko; Maria and Andrew Baranyk; Myron and Lesia Stasuik; Andrij and Motria Durbak; Natalie Konowal; Vera Petrusha; Orysia Kourbatov; and Walter Tun; as well as the Selfreliance Ukrainian American Federal Credit Union in Chicago.  Proceeds from the tournament went to future ODUM Bandura camps. ODUM is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) tax exempt corporation.