Local Doc Pairs Caring for Others with Golfing 

mike entmacherOn Monday, June 26, 2017 Samaritan will host its annual golf tournament “Drive Fore a Good Cause” at Little Mill Country Club in Marlton, NJ. The tournament, sponsored by The Richardson Family Dealerships, attracts avid golfers to raise funds and awareness for comfort, support, and quality of life for anyone living with serious illness.

This fun charitable event wouldn’t be possible without the driving support of our 30-member golf tournament committee. Samaritan greatly appreciates each member’s dedication to enlisting the support of sponsors, gathering auction items, and inviting players to join us in advancing Samaritan’s charitable mission.   

In the third of an ongoing series, take a moment to meet one of these hard-working committee members.

Meet Committee Member Dr. Michael Entmacher

Michael Entmacher, MD, is no stranger to Samaritan.  He recently retired after more than thirty years as a cancer specialist at Virtua Mount Holly.

Over the course of his career, he’s watched Samaritan grow organizationally and administratively. He’s witnessed some of its leaders evolve from nurses at Memorial to influential officers in the not-for-profit’s corporate hierarchy. Most notably:  Mary Ann Boccolini, president/CEO and Margie Ivins, chief operating officer.

“Mike is a gifted physician whose expertise and compassion has made a difference in the lives of his many patients and their families throughout the years. Mike brings that same passion for caring to Samaritan and we are so grateful for his support,” said Mary Ann Boccolini.

Mike is a long-time believer in Samaritan’s mission to offer comfort, support, and quality of life to anyone living with serious illness. He’s proud of the compassionate end-of-life care, and is eager to spend his retirement – when he’s not golfing – spreading awareness about its importance.

He’s played in Samaritan’s annual golf tournament for three years and joined the golf committee two years ago. He’s also begun the training to become a nurse-educator volunteer at The Samaritan Centers at Voorhees and Mount Holly.

As chairman of the Fellowship of Roving Golf Enthusiasts (FORGE), he coordinates golf trips for more than a dozen physicians who share the same passion for the sport.

When did you start playing golf?

I started playing golf when I was 14 years old. I had set of primitive golf clubs and played with my uncle in Long Island. He was a doctor and very athletic; he mentored me in so many ways. In those early years, he took me to Bethpage State Park Golf Course. At the time, it wasn’t famous! Now it’s known for its difficult and challenging Black Course, and for hosting many PGA events, including the U.S. Open.

After my teenage years I didn’t play much golf. I was too busy during my young adult life with training [to be a doctor] and then starting a family.
I picked golf back up again about 10 years ago.

How often do you golf?

I play about 2 – 3 times per week now that I’m retired. When I’m travelling and golfing with FORGE, we sometimes play up to two rounds a day.

What’s your favorite course to play?

Locally, I love Little Mill Country Club. It’s a beautiful South Jersey course. A close second would be Glen Mills Golf Course in West Chester. It tests your golf skills and has a great layout.

I’ve been lucky to travel to see many other amazing courses like Bandon Dunes in Oregon, Pinehurst in North Carolina, courses in Northern Ireland and Scotland, then and in September I’m heading to Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin and Erin Hills, also in Wisconsin. These courses combine beautiful landscapes with great golfing opportunities.

What’s your favorite part about golfing?

I love a few things about golfing. First, golfing is a great opportunity to be with your friends, enjoy the beautiful scenery, play, and – hopefully – not get too frustrated.

Second, it’s also a wonderful “lifetime sport.” One can play at any age.  Hopefully you can just come to grips with getting old and the body not responding as it used to. But, if you accept that, one can play the rest of your life.

Finally, there’s nothing that gives me pleasure than hitting a “pure shot.” It’s exhilarating! If you’re lucky to repeat those moments on a regular basis, it’s a wonderful experience. Each time one gets up to address the ball, and take a swing, it’s a new adventure.

What life lessons have you learned from playing golf?

That’s a very good question. First, it’s important to not to be too serious about the game because you can really get upset if you expect to hit a professional shot each time. Those shots come, but not often. It’s what brings you back to play the next round.  The answer is practice, but be aware you have limitations.

Remember, it’s a game. There are many other things to be thankful for in life.Be courteous and respect other players.

What’s your most memorable golf moment?

Honestly, I thought walking the course at the Masters, Augusta Country Club, on a practice day was exciting. I was just walking all 18 holes.
However, as I start to reminisce, I realize that when I played the Black Course on Long Island as an adult, after being there as a kid with my Uncle, was truly the memorable moment. It took me back to my youth and my relationship with my uncle.

Why do you volunteer for Samaritan?

I’ve been familiar with Samaritan’s compassionate care since Samaritan’s inception in 1980. Samaritan is a great organization. I’m excited to be able to combine my passion for golf with giving back to the community. I also look forward to helping raise funds for this cause and assisting in any way I can.

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