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Published on November 14, 2016

Golfers make sure their friend’s memory lives onGolfers make sure their friend’s memory lives on

When Jack “Otis” McDermott retired to Cape Cod, he quickly became one of the regulars at the Dennis Highlands Golf Course. After he died in April 2006, his friends and family wanted to honor his memory, so a charity golf tournament seemed fitting.

In September, the 11th annual Otis Golf Classic raised $12,000 for the Davenport-Mugar Cancer Center at Cape Cod Hospital.

“His friends got together and wanted to have this tournament,” said Marilyn McDermott, Otis’s widow. “It was a huge success from day one.”

Mrs. McDermott and several friends recently presented this year’s check to Kevin Ralph, chief development officer for Cape Cod Healthcare, at a small ceremony at Cape Cod Hospital.

“Support from the community means everything to us,” Ralph said. “This is reflective of the value Cape Cod Healthcare has to the community.”

Dave Worsman has been the tournament coordinator for the last four years. In that time, the tournament has raised close to $50,000, he said.

“We have no trouble filling up the tournament,” he said. “It’s been very well-received.”

The last two years, the Otis Golf Classic tournament also has been a memorial for Linda Juliano, who worked at the Dog Leg Grille at Dennis Highlands and died of cancer in June 2015.

A Great Friend

Tom and Ellen Nash live next door to Marilyn McDermott, and Ellen remembers Otis fondly.

“Once you’d met him, you’d never forget him,” she said. “He loved people. He’d go to the golf course alone and play with strangers and make new friends.”

“I don’t know if he was a good golfer, but people liked him,” said Marilyn.

McDermott gave himself his own nickname, according to Ellen Nash.

“He told me, ‘There’s too many Jacks. No one would ever forget someone named Otis.’”

Among those attending the check presentation ceremony at Cape Cod Hospital was Tara Lock, director of cancer services for Cape Cod Healthcare.

“We just got two $20 checks in memory of a cancer patient,” she said. “Whether they are large or small, every donation is important.”

Also attending was Daniel Canaday, MD, medical director of the radiation oncology department at Cape Cod Hospital and Falmouth Hospital, who cared for Otis.

“There’s a special place in my heart for Dr. Canaday,” said Marilyn. “He has the best bedside manner.”

Dr. Canaday expressed his gratitude to those who organized and took part in the Otis Golf Classic.

“The only reason the Cancer Center exists is because of the generosity of people like this,” he said.

Next year’s Otis Golf Classic tournament has been scheduled for Sept. 22, 2017. For information, contact Dave Worsman, PO Box 787 East Dennis, MA 02641.

[Featured Image: Front row (L-R): Tara Lock, Ellen Nash, Marilyn McDermott and Dr. Daniel Canaday. Back row (L-R): Dave Worsman and Kevin Ralph.]