Marriott Golf Selects OneSpareTeeTime for Charity Request Management

Marriott Golf Selects OneSpareTeeTime for Charity Request Management

Alpharetta, GA (Sept. 25, 2017) — Marriott Golf Corporation has chosen OneSpareTeeTime to help manage certificate requests from charitable organizations.  Additionally, Marriott’s domestic portfolio of courses will enjoy a free listing on BestOutings.com and will automatically receive outing leads from event planners in local markets.  Several Marriott properties are taking advantage of OneSpareGolfVacation, a platform to promote slow-season and last minute golf vacations to an affluent audience.

“Our courses will save time and receive free outing leads while our resorts generate added shoulder and low-season revenue,” said Brett Stark, Vice President of Marketing, Marriott Golf. The company’s golf portfolio offers both vintage courses and challenging new designs at exciting hotel golf resorts across the country.

Marriott Golf is the latest course management group to implement a new platform to handle golf certificate requests from charities.  By managing charitable requests to its properties, OneSpareTeeTime maximizes benefits to courses with slow periods on their tee sheets and to charities that hold fundraising events.

OneSpareTeeTime is a free online platform that completely streamlines charitable requests. Along with maintaining and tracking an inventory bank of available golf certificates (twosomes or foursomes), OneSpareTeeTime automatically provides high quality course promotional materials to charities for use at their fundraisers and on their websites.

“We’ve heard from dozens of course managers that they are inundated with requests from non-profit organizations,” explains Mike Last, founder of Geronimo Solutions, the company behind the OneSpareTeeTime platform. “Our solution leaves clubs in full control, saves a lot of time, promotes their courses, and even increases revenues, all while supporting great causes. It’s a win-win opportunity that more and more courses and non-profits are embracing with enthusiasm.”

Through OneSpareTeeTime each Marriott Golf course can now configure their certificate restrictions and promotional materials as well as gather key golfer and event planner data.  Additionally, the proprietary “SuperUser” dashboard allows senior management to view activity across the entire portfolio.

“This new platform will save our managers time and administrative work, while doing a great job of promoting our courses,” added Stark.

For additional information or for a demo, visit www.OneSpareTeeTime.com.

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About Geronimo Solutions

Geronimo Solutions provides technologies that help businesses connect easily and seamlessly with non-profit organizations.  Its platforms enable golf courses and resorts, management companies, vacation rental managers, golf professionals, restaurants, and others to leverage the promotional reach of thousands of non-profits.

In just three years, more than 5,000 non-profits have created accounts with Geronimo and use its straightforward “Travelpledge” fundraising solution. More than $8.3 million per year in golf-related gift certificates are available to participating non-profit organizations that agree to promote donor golf facilities at fundraisers and to host events at these courses.   Both private and public courses are benefiting from the platforms.

Several solutions have been developed for the golf industry including OneSpareTeeTime.com (for courses), OneSpareGolfVacation.com (for resorts), and OneSpareLesson (for instructors).

FALLEN OAK AT BEAU RIVAGE TO HOST VGA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OCT 8-11

 

FALLEN OAK AT BEAU RIVAGE TO HOST VGA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP OCT 8-11

PINEHURST, N.C. (Sept. 8, 2017) – For the second consecutive year, the Veteran Golfers Association (VGA) will host its National Championship in Biloxi, Miss Oct. 8-11 at Fallen Oak, the Tom Fazio-designed championship course ordinarily reserved exclusively for guests of MGM Resort International’s renowned Beau Rivage Resort & Casino. The tournament features a field of regional winners that qualified over the course of the year for the opportunity to play for the title.

The 2017 VGA Tour included more than 200 tournaments at military, public and private courses, with more than 2,500 veteran golfers participating. Like the tour events, the VGA National Championship features three divisions of competition: Veteran, Combat Wounded and Family. Within each division are four handicapped flights and an open handicap Women’s flight.

The championship tournament at Fallen Oak is expected to have the same emotional impact as last year’s event in Biloxi, once again putting the service, sacrifice and patriotism of its participants in the competitive, national spotlight. Wounded veterans and Purple Heart recipients will make up nearly half the field, and competitors will range from enlisted personnel to three-star generals.

“MGM Resorts International and Beau Rivage are very honored once again to host the VGA National Championship for military veterans who will travel here from all over the United States,” said Fallen Oak Director of Golf Rick Gehr. “For these players, this tour championship is more than a game or friendly match. Rather, it’s about the benefits they derive from the camaraderie and sportsmanship of competition, and we’re proud that our award-winning golf course and resort here in Biloxi continues to be their destination of choice.”

“The regional qualifiers provided an exciting run-up to the championship with numerous playoffs, narrowly eliminating some excellent golfers” said VGA President Joshua Peyton, a retired Army Captain and Army Ranger. “Just qualifying to play in this year’s championship at Fallen Oak is a significant accomplishment for our fellow veterans.”

Founded in 2014, the VGA is a national non-profit organization offering U.S. military veterans the opportunity to enjoy competition and community through golf. Membership is open to all U.S. veterans – wounded, non-wounded, disabled, active duty and retired – as well as to their families, including parents, siblings and dependents who are at least 18 years old.

The VGA’s mission is to enhance the lives of veterans and their family members through the camaraderie and sportsmanship of golf. The VGA also focuses on Post Traumatic Growth initiatives to help veterans and families cope with combat-related injuries. Using golf as an alternative activity, these veterans can choose a more productive way to deal with the challenges that impact their everyday lives.

More information on the 2017 tour and championship event is available at www.vgachampionship.org.

About the Veteran Golfers Association
The VGA is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to promoting the game of golf to veterans and their family members. The VGA develops programs that allow its members to compete, socialize and remain physically active through the game of golf. For more information visit us at www.vgagolf.org.
Images and videos are available upon request, and the VGA welcomes interviews with the Veterans.

About Beau Rivage Resort & Casino
Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Biloxi, MGM Resorts International’s Beau Rivage Resort & Casino was named one of 2017’s top 10 “South’s Best Resorts” by Southern Living. The AAA Four Diamond resort features 1,740 elegantly appointed guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, four nightclubs and bars, a 85,000-square-foot gaming area, a 1,550-seat theatre, an upscale shopping promenade, a world-class spa & salon and Fallen Oak, a Tom Fazio-designed championship golf course. For more information and reservations, call (888) 567-6667 or visit www.beaurivage.com.

Jam For Juniors Concert Benefiting First Tee of the Grand Strand

 

Josh Kelley, Javier Colon, Andrew Copeland and Ken Block of Sister Hazel to Headline Jam For Juniors Concert Benefiting First Tee of the Grand Strand

Tickets for the Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday Sponsored Event On Sale for $35

Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday has always made growth of the game a priority, and the organization is doubling down on that commitment with the launch of the first Jam for Juniors concert on July 24 at House of Blues.

The event, which will benefit the First Tee of the Grand Strand, will feature acoustic performances from Javier Colon, Josh Kelley and Ken Block and Drew Copeland from Sister Hazel. The concert will run from 7 – 10 p.m., and tickets are just $35 and can be purchased online or through House of Blues.

The concert will be held in conjunction with the Future Generations Golf Tournament, which will be played earlier in the day at Caledonia Golf & Fish Club.

Josh Kelley, a singer-song writer, most known for his hit songs “Amazing” and “Georgia Clay,” is one the industry’s most talented performers. Kelley, whose brother Charles is a member of the mega-group Lady Antebellum, plays nearly every instrument on his latest album, “New Lane Road.” Kelley, who starred in the Golf Channel Show “Road Trip: Myrtle Beach,” played collegiate golf at Ole Miss.

Block and Copeland are vocalists for alternative rock band Sister Hazel, a group most known for its No. 1 song “All For You.” The band, which continues to tour, has released nine albums, eight of which cracked a top 100 albums list in the United States, and had seven songs that were ranked among the top 50 on the various music charts.

Javier Colon, whose music has been described as acoustic soul, won the first season of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Three of Colon’s four album releases ranked among the top 50 on the U.S. R&B charts and his voice prompted Adam Levine, the lead singer for Maroon 5 and a judge on “The Voice” to say, “You are the real deal … you have one of the best voices I’ve ever heard, ever!”

Jam for Juniors is expected to become an annual event with a goal of helping spur interest in the game of golf while teaching kids life lessons and leadership skills along the way.

18th Annual Veterans Golf Classic is Poised to Tee-Off

 

18th Annual Veterans Golf Classic is Poised to Tee-Off

332 Players From 29 States Are Descending on Myrtle Beach For 54-Hole Event

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – The 18th annual Veterans Golf Classic, which has attracted 332 players from 29 states, is poised to tee-off on nine outstanding Myrtle Beach golf courses.

A 54-hole, two-man team event, the Veterans Golf Classic is open to all current and former members of the military and their friends, and will be played June 5-7.

The event features a different format of play each day – better ball, combined net team score and scramble – and each team must include at least one current or former member of the armed forces. Players are placed into one of four flights – Eisenhower, MacArthur, Nimitz and Franks – based on their handicap.

The host courses for this year’s event are: Shaftesbury Glen, the Norman Course at Barefoot Resort, Wild Wing Avocet, Prestwick Country Club, International Club, The Witch, Thistle and Long Bay Golf Club. All nine host courses earned at least 4 stars, according to Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play Guide.

Participants will also enjoy a Sunday welcome reception and a Wednesday night awards banquet, in addition to receiving a Veterans Golf Classic hat and shirt and an assortment of goodies in a tournament gift bag.

The Wednesday banquet is one of the event’s highlights. The colors of each service branch – Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard – are presented and the atmosphere is the perfect blend of festive and respectful.

The competition extends beyond the standard two-man team event. The Branch Challenge pits the five branches of the U.S. Military against each other. Participants are entered into the contest and at the end of the tournament the branch with the lowest score is crowned champion.

The Carolina Cup, which matches members of the VFW against the American Legion, is another popular tournament within the tournament.

For more information, go to http://veteransclassicgolf.com/.

Freedom Golf Association Hosts Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill June 9

Freedom Golf Association Hosts Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill June 9
Event highlights group’s achievements in making golf a reality for people with special needs

Illinois’ growing momentum in advancing the adaptive golf movement, which makes playing golf a reality for persons with special needs, will be on center stage Friday, June 9 at the Freedom Golf Association Annual Golf Outing at Cog Hill Golf & Country Club in Lemont, Illinois. The Annual Golf Outing teams up special needs golfers with able-bodied golfers and serves as an inspiring showcase for the great strides that have been made in the adaptive golf movement.

two men standing on golf courseAn estimated 200 people-50 foursomes-are expected to participate in this annual tournament, described as a “fun gathering of FGA friends” that is organized by the Freedom Golf Association. Able-bodied and special needs golfers from the Chicagoland area, age 10 and above, are encouraged to take part in this tournament, organized as a shotgun, best ball tournament played on Cog Hill’s #2 course (Ravines).

The tournament registration and warmup period runs from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. After announcements at 7:45 a.m., the shotgun tournament begins at 8 a.m. Following the tournament, a cocktail reception, awards ceremony and luncheon begin at approximately 2 p.m. If the weather is inclement and the tournament is cancelled, rain checks for play at Cog Hill will be distributed, or a new date will be announced at the event.

Individuals can join a foursome (four able-bodied golfers plus a special needs golfer) for $200; full foursome packages are available for $700. The reception, awards ceremony and luncheon is included in the price. Those who would like to cheer on the golfers from the gallery and attend the reception and lunch can reserve their seat for $50. There will be raffle awards, event awards, plus a live and silent auction.

Golf outing reservations can be made at https://campscui.active.com/orgs/FreedomGolfAssociation#/selectSessions/1844101 .

 

Volunteers are welcome! Anyone who wishes to help run the tournament June 9 should call FGA at 630-455-6018.

Understanding Adaptive Golf
Adaptive golf is the term that encompasses a growing number of local, state and national initiatives to make golf available to persons who have physical, intellectual, or sensory challenged individuals. Included among these are “wounded veterans,” many of whom suffer from PTSD.

instructor helping participantTo make it possible for people with disabilities to play golf, a variety of adaptive strategies have been adopted. Among them are Single Rider carts for the non-ambulatory, adaptive golf clubs, golf courses that have been made more accessible, changes in rules as written by the USGA. Golf swings, grips, and prosthetics may be also needed to allow the disabled to play the game.

On a national level, the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance (USAGA) was formed in 2014. Presently there are 17 chapters across United States, speaking with one voice, and bringing adaptive golf to over 10,000 disabled individuals annually, of which approximately 23% are wounded veterans.

An Opportunity for Sponsorship
According to the 2010 U.S. Census, there are 57 million disabled persons in the country. 18 million of them want to play golf, according to the PGA Foundation. This makes supporting organizations such as Freedom Golf Association very attractive and rewarding for organizations, as there is a large number of potential golfers among those with special needs. The growth of the adaptive golf movement underscores the need for more funds to support these types of programs.

Participant with trophyFGA receives support from thousands of donors. Major golf and sports-related companies and organizations who have supported FGA include FootJoy, Titleist, Bridgestone, Ahead, Under Armour, BMW Championship, Encompass Champions Tour, and the Tiger Woods Foundation. Corporate sponsors and partners include Hinsdale Bank & Trust, Mo lex, Comcast, AlphaGraphics, Rytech, Buddig, RIC, GE Capital and, ATI. Foundations that support FGA include Amvets, the First Non-profit Foundation, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf, Wadsworth Golf Charities Foundation, Kids Golf Foundation, and The First Tee of Greater Chicago. Golf facilities that partner with FGA include Cog Hill Golf & Country Club, Downers Grove Golf Club, Naperbrook Golf Course, Meadowlark Forest Preserve Golf, Rich Harvest Farms, White Pines Golf Dome, MQ’s Golf Dome, Buffalo Grove Golf & Sports Center, and River Bend Golf Club.

FGA works with corporations and organizations to tailor their support. FGA acknowledges sponsors through website exposure, media, newsletter and more. For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Sally Ruecking, Director of Development and Personnel, by email or by telephone at 630-455-6018.

About Freedom Golf Association
Freedom Golf Association (FGA), a 501(C)3 non-profit organization, is the leading adaptive golf organization in Illinois and is a charter member of the United States Adaptive Golf Alliance. FGA was founded in July 2012 by Edmund (E.Q.) Sylvester. E.Q. is a director of the Western Golf Association (WGA), member of the United States Senior Golf Association (USSGA), and a triple amputee. FGA is dedicated to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to the special needs community through their inclusion in the game of golf.

FGA believes that all special needs individuals deserve a chance to accomplish the same things as any others do and work towards bringing a positive transformation to their lives. FGA contributes to the positive development of those with special needs through the magic of golf.

FGA works to assist individuals with disabilities in many ways:

  • Provides professionally run instructional clinics and golf events
  • Engages children, adults and veterans with special needs in FREE golf instruction with other classmates
  • Conducts adaptive golf training workshops to increase the number of qualified golf coaches to instruct individuals with special needs
  • Provides leadership and collaboration with nationally recognized organizations on how to expand/grow adaptive golf programs


Based on its growing understanding of the needs of disabled golfers, the FGA has developed a ground-breaking Adaptive Golf Enhancement Program™ that increases the golfing ability of special needs golfers. FGA’s golf coaches learn this six-step process, which helps them to better understand and enhance the capabilities of special needs golfers.

To assist coaches and special needs golfers in determining what adaptive measures would be most beneficial, FGA recently invested in what they call a “personal swing sensors and computerized program” to 1) measure the disabled golfer’s initial swing path and limitations; 2) develop an appropriate exercise program to improve flexibility and range of motion; and 3) to chart the golfer’s progress, using the initial swing measurements as a baseline.

In 2016, FGA provided more than 1,300 adaptive golf lessons. In the same year, 110 special needs golfers went out and played on the course. Ten individuals became trained FGA Adaptive Golf Coaches, growing the total number to 42.

79 cents out of every dollar received goes to FGA’s special needs golf programs and events. FGA has helped 40 Chicagoland courses become accessible to the disabled community.

For more information about the Freedom Golf Association, please visit the official website at www.fgagolf.org. Contact FGA by phone at 855-342-4465 or 630-455-6018, or by email at playgolf@fgagolf.org. Donations to Freedom Golf Association can be made at www.fgagolf.org/donate.html.

Follow FGA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FGA4Golf. Follow FGA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FGA4Golf.

Topgolf Recycles Golf Equipment to Entertain Military Troops

Topgolf Recycles Golf Equipment to Entertain Military Troops

Topgolf donated 11,000 clubs and 21,000 balls in 2016 for U.S. military entertainment through charity organization Bunkers in Baghdad

DALLAS – Feb. 22, 2017 – Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf® is putting its gently used golf equipment to good use. Today the company formally announced its partnership with Bunkers in Baghdad, a New York-based charitable organization that ships supplies to overseas troops seeking leisure-time entertainment and/or physical rehabilitation.  

In 2016, Topgolf donated 11,000 left- and right-handed golf clubs, 600 yards of turf squares and 21,000 golf balls to the charity. Topgolf will continue this equipment recycling initiative in 2017 as the company aims to open seven new venues this year.

“We are honored to partner with Bunkers in Baghdad to recycle our golf balls, clubs and turf and provide our military troops with a fun way to relax during their leisure time,” said Topgolf Entertainment Group Co-Chairman and CEO Erik Anderson. “We’ve received photos and notes from troops stationed all over the world using our equipment, and it’s a privilege to share a small piece of Topgolf with these soldiers who are bravely serving our country.”

Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. With 31 venues entertaining 12.2 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf creates unforgettable, shared experiences through actively engaged associates and guests.

In addition to Bunkers in Baghdad, Topgolf is partnered with Folds of Honor to fundraise for educational scholarships for children and spouses of disabled or fallen service members. The company also offers a Heroes Discount to active-duty service members and veterans at all of its venues nationwide.

“The idea behind Bunkers in Baghdad is simple: we collect and ship golf equipment to our troops and vets around the world. Bunkers is busier than ever, and our partnership with Topgolf was really a blessing last year,” said Joe Hanna, founder of Bunkers in Baghdad. “Our troops truly appreciate anything we send them – especially a little slice of home. The majority of feedback we hear from our soldiers is, ‘Thank you for not forgetting about us.’”

About Bunkers in Baghdad

Bunkers in Baghdad is a not-for-profit charity that collects and sends new and used golf balls, clubs and equipment to US troops currently deployed in Afghanistan and 60 other countries around the world, as well as wounded warriors in all 50 US states. To date, Bunkers in Baghdad has shipped close to 8 million balls and more than 600,000 golf clubs to aid in recreation and rehabilitation from injuries. It also partners with 450 schools around the country through its Bunkers Buddies program, in which students write letters and send care packages to deployed troops, participate in fundraising activities, and organize equipment drives.

About Topgolf

“Whose ball went farther?” That simple question, asked out of age-old sibling rivalry, motivated twin brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe to invent the world’s first microchipped golf ball. The ball was the genesis for Topgolf games in which players aim for giant dartboard-like targets on an outfield and get instant feedback on the accuracy and distance of their shots. Today, Topgolf is inspiring people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Topgolf also brings interactive experiences to the community that facilitate shared moments and deep relationships through Topgolf U golf lessons, weekly leagues, The Topgolf Tour competition, KidZone parties, social and corporate team-building events, and the World Golf Tour (WGT) app. Each venue features high-tech, climate-controlled hitting bays for year-round comfort, delicious food and beverage, live events, music, hundreds of HDTVs and outstanding hospitality. With 31 venues entertaining 12.2 million Guests annually and the world’s largest digital golf audience, Topgolf is creating the best times of your life both in-venue and online. To learn more about Topgolf, follow @Topgolf or visit www.topgolf.com.

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to Broadcast Live From Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach

Golf Channel’s Morning Drive to Broadcast Live From Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship at TPC Myrtle Beach

Golf Channel Stars Charlie Rymer And Chantel McCabe To Be On-Site 

Myrtle Beach, S.C. – Golf Channel’s popular Morning Drive Show will broadcast live from the second annual Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship on Friday and Saturday mornings. Charlie Rymer and Chantel McCabe, two of the network’s most popular personalities, will be at TPC Myrtle Beach for the event.

Morning Drive will have three live hits from the tournament during the first two days, spotlighting the Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship and Myrtle Beach, the game’s most popular destination.

The 54-hole, college style tournament will be played February 24-26. The field will feature 104 players – 72 boys, 32 girls – with golfers from 19 states and five countries.

Eight of the top 10 junior boys and 11 of the top 12 junior girls in South Carolina have committed to play in the tournament. Twenty participants have signed National Letters of Intent to play collegiate golf this fall.

With the support of Johnson, who secured the No. 1 spot in the World Golf Rankings with his win at Riviera Country Club on Sunday, the tournament will provide participants a PGA Tour-like experience, and the chance to challenge themselves against their peers from others parts of America and the world.

The Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship is being sponsored by Founders Group International, the Dustin Johnson Golf School, and Myrtle Beach Golf Holiday.

Johnson’s involvement with the tournament reflects his long-time commitment to junior golf, particularly in South Carolina, where he grew into one of the world’s best players. Through the Dustin Johnson Foundation, which is headquartered in Myrtle Beach, Johnson has donated more than $250,000 to junior golf, sponsoring numerous events throughout the state and helping cover entry costs for kids who need financial assistance.

84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Partner with LPGA Golfer Rachel Rohanna to Support West Virginia Flood Relief Efforts

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84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Partner with LPGA Golfer Rachel Rohanna to Support West Virginia Flood Relief Efforts

For every birdie Rohanna makes through 2016, 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort will match donations benefiting those affected by the West Virginia flood.

84 lumberEighty Four, Pennsylvania – July 15, 2016 – 84 Lumber, the nation’s leading privately held building materials and services supplier, and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, one of North America’s premier luxury resort destinations, are partnering with professional golfer Rachel Rohanna to aid in the southern West Virginia flood relief efforts.

A Pennsylvania native, Rohanna is sponsored on the LPGA tour by 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort founder, Joe Hardy.

Starting with this weekend’s Marathon Classic presented by Owens Corning and O-I, Rohanna has committed to a $100 donation for every birdie (a score of one stroke under par) through the end of the 2016 professional season. 84 Lumber and Nemacolin will match Rohanna’s donation, thus tripling the initial pledge for a grand total of $300 per birdie.

The funds will be donated to the West Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster’s (WV-VOAD) general flood relief fund.

“In a time of devastation, Rachel has taken it upon herself to help our West Virginia neighbors in any way she can,” said Maggie Hardy Magerko, President and Owner, 84 Lumber and Nemacolin Woodlands Resort. “As part of the 84 and Nemacolin family, we are excited to cheer Rachel on and to match her donation efforts.”

In addition to matching Rohanna’s monetary commitment, 84 Lumber also recently donated over $20,000 worth of the most-needed personal items to the WV-VOAD in support of the flood relief efforts.

Those wishing to contribute to the WV-VOAD can make a one time or recurring donation here.

For more information on 84 Lumber, visit www.84lumber.com. For more information on Nemacolin Woodlands Resort, visit www.nemacolin.com.

About 84 Lumber

Founded in 1956, 84 Lumber Company is the nation’s leading privately held supplier of building materials, manufactured components, and industry-leading services for single- and multi-family residences and commercial buildings. 84 Lumber operates more than 250 stores, component manufacturing plants, custom door shops, custom millwork shops, and engineered wood product (EWP) centers in 30 states, representing the top 130 markets in the country. 84 Lumber also offers professional residential and commercial contractors turn-key installed services for a variety of products including framing, insulation, siding, windows, roofing, decking, and drywall. A certified women’s business enterprise owned by Maggie Hardy Magerko, 84 Lumber was named as one of Forbes Best Midsize Employers in America 2016. For more information, please visit www.84lumber.com.

About Nemacolin Woodlands Resort   

Nemacolin is one of North America’s premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course, as well as an internationally acclaimed spa collection. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy our Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center complete with ziplines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy. Nemacolin boasts 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events Nemacolin’s 32,000 sq. ft. of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms.

Finchem Named World Golf Foundation Chairman For 2016

PGA TOUR Commissioner Tim Finchem Named World Golf Foundation Chairman for 2016

(ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.) – Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR Commissioner, has been named World Golf Foundation (WGF) Chairman for 2016 by the Board of Directors. He succeeds Pete Bevacqua, CEO of the PGA of America.

Finchem became Commissioner of the PGA TOUR on June 1, 1994.  Now entering his 26th year with the organization, he has played an integral role in strengthening the PGA TOUR’s position as one of the most successful, well-respected sports organizations in the world, and his leadership has helped foster the growth of the game, both domestically and internationally.

During his tenure, the PGA TOUR has raised more than $1 billion of the $2 billion-plus raised in its history for charitable organizations. Additionally, Finchem has been instrumental in the formation of the International Federation of PGA Tours and WGF. His personal dedication to the success of The First Tee has led to the establishment of nearly 200 chapters, which have reached 6.5 million young people in the last decade.

“As a caretaker and ambassador of the game, I look forward to leading the World Golf Foundation’s Board as we take the game to new heights in 2016,” said Finchem. “With the Olympics on the horizon, it is an exciting time for the industry as we introduce golf to new audiences around the world.”

“Tim has elevated golf’s profile globally and 2016 will be even more compelling with golf’s return to the Olympics,” said Steve Mona, CEO of WGF. “We are in store for an historic year and Tim’s leadership of WGF brings further promise.”

Along with Finchem and Bevacqua, other WGF Board members include: Mike Davis, Executive Director of the USGA; Will Jones, Executive Director of The Masters Tournament Foundation; Keith Pelley, Chief Executive of the PGA European Tour; Martin Slumbers, Chief Executive of The R&A; and Mike Whan, Commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association. Chris Normyle, Manager, Sponsorships and Events of the Shell Oil Company, also serves on the WGF Board as a representative of WGF’s Founding Partner.

For more information, visit www.worldgolffoundation.org.

About World Golf Foundation

The World Golf Foundation (WGF) is a nonprofit organization that unites the golf industry in support of initiatives that enhance the growth of and provide access to the game of golf worldwide, while preserving golf’s traditional values and passing them on to others. The Foundation, which was founded in 1993 and is supported by major international golf organizations and professional Tours, provides oversight to World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum, The First Tee, GOLF 20/20 and other industry initiatives in support of its mission.  As sole founding partner of the World Golf Foundation, Shell Oil Company provides financial support and plays a lead role in charitable initiatives aimed at introducing golf to young people, and through the golf experience promotes scholastic achievement, community service and those values intrinsic to the game of golf: honesty, integrity and sportsmanship.

Special Ops Survivors Annual Golf Tournament Set for Sept. 11 at Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe

Special Ops Survivors Annual Golf Tournament Set for Sept. 11 at Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe

Perfectly timed to honor Sept. 11, Special Ops Survivors, a nonprofit organization, will present its annual charity golf tournament. Funds raised will go to help provide support services for surviving spouses of Special Operations military personnel.

SAN DIEGO (Aug. 24, 2015)  Special Ops Survivors—a nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to serving surviving spouses of active duty Special Operations personnel who have died in combat or training since January 1, 1980—is pleased to announce their annual charity golf tournament will take place on Friday, Sept. 11 at the Del Mar Country Club in Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.

Special Ops Survivors is encouraging all golfers to mark Sept.11 in a meaningful way this year. Together with fellow golfers, they will raise funds to help support surviving military spouses of Special Operations military personnel. The charity event is also open to additional sponsors.

Registration will begin at 10 a.m. with the tournament kicking off at noon. Golfers can play individually for $300 or as a foursome for $1,000. Breakfast will be provided to the golfers along with a box lunch to take on the course. A cocktail reception and awards ceremony will follow at 5:30 p.m.

During the reception, speakers will include:

  • Mary Ellen Bancroft, surviving spouse of Marine Capt. Matthew Bancroft who died Jan. 9, 2002 while serving during Operation Enduring Freedom;
  • John Baca, a former U.S. Army soldier and Vietnam War veteran. He was awarded the Medal of Honor, the highest decoration of the United States Armed Forces, for his actions in combat.

“This is a very special event for our organization,” says Elizabeth Brown, executive director of Special Ops Survivors. “We will honor the day and pay a special tribute to those who have given the ultimate sacrifice and to their surviving spouses. It also raises critical funds to help us meet our mission to embrace and empower surviving spouses.”

For more information or to register, please visit SpecialOpsSurvivors.org or contact golf@SpecialOpsSurvivors.org.

ABOUT SPECIAL OPS SURVIVORS:

Special Ops Survivors is the only nonprofit organization exclusively dedicated to serving surviving spouses of active duty Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Special Operations personnel who have died in combat or training since January 1, 1980. Special Ops Survivors’ mission is to embrace and empower surviving spouses of fallen Special Operations personnel to build healthy post-loss futures as they transition to their new lives by providing individual, group, and peer-to-peer emotional support as well as individual financial support. Over the last 13 years, the organization has grown from a small grass-roots organization to an established organization actively serving more than 200 surviving spouses from all military service branches. For more information about the organization, visit SpecialOpsSurvivors.org.