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Annual golf scramble to benefit youth camp

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. (K & L) of Highland is once again hosting the 27th annual golf scramble benefiting Camp Ondessonk. Situated on nearly 1,000 acres near Ozark, Ill., Ondessonk offers kids ages 8 to 15 a summer camping experience highlighted by boating, archery, horseback riding, hiking, and rock climbing. Youth of all faiths are welcome to enjoy the fun and adventure experienced at the camp.

The golf benefit was launched by Pete Korte, K & L’s founder, and chairman, who served on the camp’s board of directors from 1995 to 2002. K & L President Gregg Korte said Camp O is very dear to his family. “Time spent in God’s natural resources is so good for the soul and there is no better place to do that than at Camp Ondessonk. It gives us much gratification in the Korte family and at Korte & Luitjohan to partner with all the generous people who support Camp O, through this great annual event.”

This year’s golf scramble is Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Roland Barkau Memorial Golf Course in Okawville. The cost for the four-person scramble is $110 per golfer or $440 per team. The price includes golf, cart, refreshments at the course, lunch, skins, and mulligans. There will be a shotgun start at 8 a.m. Golfers can also participate in some skills contests.

A variety of sponsorships ranging from $100 to $1,500 are available. Online player registrations and sponsorships are available for the first time this year by going online to Last year’s scramble raised over $30,000 for the camp.

“The golf benefit is an incredibly important fundraiser for Camp O,” said Tony Vrooman, Sr. Director of Communications for Camp Ondessonk. “The $30,000 raised last year allowed nearly 50 kids to attend Camp O through our scholarship fund. Money raised from our golf scramble also helps sustain and enhance our programs and fund new initiatives to fulfill our mission to provide exceptional outdoor and spiritual adventures empowering kids of all ages.”

Since 1959, Camp Ondessonk has been offering summer camp and leadership development programs to youth ages 8 to 17. The American Camp Association and Certified Horsemanship Association accredited programs and facilities give campers the opportunity to explore the outdoors while growing in self-esteem and respect for God’s creation. Camp Ondessonk also provides conference facilities, lodging, and a variety of programs for youth and adults throughout the year. More information is available at or

Korte & Luitjohan Contractors, Inc. is a full-service, design-build, construction management, and general contracting firm providing quality construction throughout the Metro St. Louis area and Southern and Central Illinois.

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