Liberty Mutual Insurance Named Presenting Sponsor Of The Mentor Cup

 

Liberty Mutual Insurance Named Presenting Sponsor Of The Mentor Cup

Tourney Founded By Kelly Tilghman Will Be A Qualifier For America’s No. 1 Charity Golf Event

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — Building on the success of its inaugural event, the Mentor Cup, which benefits the Gene’s Dream Foundation, has secured its first national sponsor, Liberty Mutual Insurance. As part of the agreement, the Mentor Cup presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance will be part of golf’s largest philanthropic event.

The Mentor Cup has been selected to host a qualifier for the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational, the No. 1 charity event in golf. The nationwide series of tournaments raised $9 million for charity in 2017 and will be a springboard for the Mentor Cup, which held its first tournament on October 27, part a two-day event that featured a live performance by David Feherty.

The winner of the 2019 Mentor Cup will be invited to play in the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational National Finals at the Ocean Course on Kiawah Island.

“We are thrilled to be working with Liberty Mutual Insurance and its support is validation of the hard work our team put in to make this event a reality,” said Kelly Tilghman, the driving force behind the creation of the Mentor Cup and the Gene’s Dream Foundation. “Our first Mentor Cup was a tremendous success, and joining the Liberty Mutual Insurance family will provide us even more momentum as we begin work on the 2019 event.”

Tilghman founded the Mentor Cup and Gene’s Dream Foundation to honor the late Gene Weldon, a PGA pro who helped mentor countless kids during his nearly 50-year career along the Grand Strand.

The primary goal of the Gene’s Dream Foundation is to help improve the lives of children through golf. The foundation’s president, Wil Weldon, who is Gene’s son, has worked tirelessly to ensure the organization’s success in reaching children throughout the Grand Strand.

For more information, go to GenesDream.com or MentorCup.com.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational
Liberty Mutual Insurance has always strived to support local communities and be a champion for those in need. As part of these efforts, the company sponsors the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational™, The #1 Charity Event in Golf™. Each year, thousands of golfers participate for a chance to win great prizes and to help make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. Over the last eight years, the Liberty Mutual Insurance Invitational has $55 million for charity. For more information, go www.LibertyMutualInvitational.com.

 

GOLFTEC Offers One Complimentary Lesson or Club Fitting with A Donation to PGA Hope in Honor of Veterans Day

GOLFTEC Offers One Complimentary Lesson or Club Fitting with A Donation to PGA Hope in Honor of Veterans Day

Redeemable at Participating U.S. Locations, Nov. 5-11


(Englewood, Colo.) 
– GOLFTEC is supporting PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, by offering one complimentary lesson or TECFIT club fitting session to anyone who first makes a small donation to PGA HOPE, the flagship military engagement program of PGA REACH.

Redeemable at all participating GOLFTEC locations in the United States between Nov. 5-11, interested parties can register online now at. To complete the process, customers simply follow instructions on making a donation, scheduling their lesson or fitting, and showing their receipt upon arrival at GOLFTEC. Each 30-minute lesson or fitting is valued at nearly $100, but individuals are only asked to make a $35 minimum contribution (more can be donated, if desired).

PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is a free, adaptive program that introduces golf to veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social and emotional well-being. For more information, please visit:www.PGAREACH.org.

“The PGA has done an incridble job with its charitable initatives and we’re excited to work with them this year to support this great cause ,” says Joe Assell, co-founder and CEO of GOLFTEC. “Last year we raised nearly $30,000 for PGA REACH, but we’re raising the bar in 2018 and setting a goal of $45,000.”

“GOLFTEC is among the largest employers of PGA Professionals in the world, and we’re looking forward to working with their talented staff to make a difference in the lives of veterans through golf,” said Ryan Cannon, Senior Director of PGA REACH.  “We highly encourage golfers of all skill levels to support this program and experience the highest quality lessons and club fitting in the industry.”

Conducting more lessons than any company in the world, GOLFTEC’s unique fact-based approach has led to the average student dropping seven strokes over 18 holes in one year.  Lessons are taught one-on-one by Certified Personal Coaches, mostly in indoor bays that utilize proprietary teaching technology. Developing a comprehensive improvement plan for each student is the foundation of GOLFTEC’s philosophy.

The company’s enhanced TECFIT® custom club fitting program is a TOUR-like fitting experience combining swing characteristics with ball flight data to help identify optimal golf equipment for each student. An array of clubhead/shaft options are available to perfectly match players of any skill level with the clubs that best meet their needs. Nearly 75% of all golfers who experience a TECFIT custom driver fitting gain an average of 25 yards over their previous equipment.

To learn more about the promotion, visit golftec.com/pgahope.

About GOLFTEC

Since 1995, GOLFTEC has become the world’s largest provider of golf lessons and premium club fittings, operating more than 200 corporately-owned and franchised Training Centers in all major U.S. cities, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong and Singapore.  A top employer of PGA Professionals, the company’s 700-plus coaches have taught more than eight million lessons with students dropping an average of seven strokes from their scorecards.  Its highly-trained coaches leverage leading-edge technology for a completely fact-based approach to instruction, practice and club fitting.  GOLFTEC’s leadership position in golf improvement is augmented by its SwingTRU Motion Study™ – the largest ever conducted on golf swing mechanics.

About PGA REACH

PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military, and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. To join its efforts or learn more about the foundation and its initiatives, visitPGAREACH.org.

2 Golf Outings Planned To Benefit Victims Of Hurricane Florence

2 Golf Outings Planned To Benefit Victims Of Hurricane Florence, Flooding Along The Grand Strand

FGI Offers Two Events For Area Golfers To Give Back To Employees, Community Who Were Impacted By Storm, Flooding Damage
October 16, 2018, Myrtle Beach, S.C. — Two golf courses owned by Founders Group International (FGI) will host golf outings benefiting the Aberdeen Country Club Community and FGI employees who were impacted by Hurricane Florence and the subsequent flooding.

Both outings — one at Founders Club in Pawleys Island and another at Long Bay Golf Club in Longs —provide opportunities to help those in need while playing a round of golf.

The first event will be the Founders Strong Golf Outing at 10 a.m. on October 30 at Founders Club in Pawleys Island. The tournament format is a four-person scramble. Proceeds from the event will go to FGI employees affected by the storm and flooding.

The cost is $60 per player. The entry fee includes a round of golf, lunch after the round and prizes. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and silent auction. Those interested in signing up should email their foursome to Tom Van Hoogen at Tom.Vanhoogen@FoundersGolf.com.

“Hearing about what people have lost and what they are going through is heartbreaking,” said Van Hoogen, general manager and head golf professional at both River Club and Founders Club. “It’s tough when you hear about and see homes with several feet of water in them. There have been many families in the Founders Group that have been affected by this storm. Employees from Longs down to Pawleys Island have suffered, and in this time of need, we want to come together and help our FGI family get their homes and lives put back together.

“During this tough time, the Myrtle Beach area has shown a lot of pride and determination in aiding our community in any way possible. Whether it is from donations, filling sand bags, or helping people move out of flooded homes, the people have really come together to help out.”

The second event is the Aberdeen Country Club Community Rebuilding Golf Outing, which will have a 10 a.m. shotgun start on November 3 at Long Bay Golf Club in Longs. All proceeds will benefit those in the Aberdeen Country Club Community impacted by the storm.

The cost to enter is $60 per golfer and the golf shop will also collect household items and additional monetary donations. The entry fee includes a round of golf and lunch after the round. There will also be a 50/50 drawing. To register a foursome, email Corey.Bowers@FoundersGolf.com.

“Aberdeen’s community took one of the hardest hits from the flooding,” said Corey Bowers, head golf pro and general manager of Aberdeen Country Club. “So much devastation to the community, with almost every house and condo having damage from the storm. At Aberdeen Country Club, a part of FGI, we want to do whatever we can to help show support for our community. So, we will do what we do best, which is hosting a golf event to raise money, household supplies and more. Anything to help our community rebuild.”
About Founders Group International

Founders Group International (FGI) is the foremost golf course owner-operator company in the Southeastern United States. Formed in 2014 through various purchases and the 2015 acquisition of National Golf Management, FGI owns and operates 22 golf courses (423 holes) in and around Myrtle Beach, S.C., America’s seaside golf capital.

Those courses include Pine Lakes Country Club, the “granddaddy” of Myrtle Beach area courses; TPC Myrtle Beach, host site of the 2019 NCAA Division I men’s golf regional and Dustin Johnson World Junior Golf Championship; and Grande Dunes Resort Club, home of the Grande Dunes Golf Performance Center.

FGI administers www.MBN.com, a leader in online tee time bookings, as well as package outlet Myrtle Beach Golf Trips. With the help of Golf Insider’s 100 percent player-generated course ranking system, thousands of golfers plan and assemble their ideal golf itineraries through FGI’s assets, including “top-100 caliber” courses Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club, King’s North at Myrtle Beach National Golf Club, and more than 80 other Myrtle Beach area courses.

More information about Founders Group International is available at www.foundersgroupinternational.com, www.mbn.com or MyrtleBeachGolfTrips.com.

Women’s Golf Day Is June 5

 

BE A PART OF THE WORLD’S BIGGEST CELEBRATION OF GOLF

Women’s Golf Day – June 5th – taking action to get more women & girls playing golf

From Armenia to Australia, the U.S.A to the U.A.E, women across the globe are readying themselves for the biggest single day celebration of Women & Girls’ golf in the world on June 5th.

Combining golf and socialising across a 4 hour experience, WGD events are designed to appeal to a broad spectrum of women and girls. From scratch players to absolute beginners, women are invited to come along and enjoy the experience of swinging a club under expert guidance and being part of an incredible community that has spread across the globe.

711 venues across 46 countries hosted WGD events in 2017 and that interest has fuelled this worldwide phenomenon that has now reached further than ever before with the introduction of events in Guadeloupe, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Egypt, Russia and Hong Kong. With over 15 million social media impressions using #womensgolfday last year expectations are riding high for June 5th 2018 to be an incredible day for the women’s game.

Elisa Gaudet, founder of Women’s Golf Day is excited for the 2018 events to get underway, she said, “WGD started as a passion project in 2016. There was enough talk about encouraging more women into the game, what we needed was an action plan that was relatable to women and worked for venues. Now on the verge of the third annual day I am enormously proud of how this has developed into a movement and how we are fulfilling on our Women’s Golf Day mission to engage, empower and support one another using golf as the vehicle. So many wonderful people and organisations have thrown their support behind WGD, proof positive “it takes a village.”  We’ve got venues around the world participating on June 5th and we look forward to welcoming as many women as possible. We would like everyone to know they are welcome and to give golf and Women’s Golf Day a try.”

New venues have signed up all over the world for 2018 with 37 Topgolf locations across the U.S. being the latest to throw their support behind WGD. If a Topgolf isn’t in reach then there are golf courses and PGA Superstores all across the U.S. taking part too. Virtually every golf playing nation in the world is involved in WGD 2018, so if you want to perfect your putting in Puerto Rico, play with friends and family in France or encourage someone to take their first ever swing in Sweden, visit www.womensgolfday.com to find your nearest venue and take part in the biggest celebration of Women & Girls’ golf in the world.

NOTES:

Partners and supporting organizations of WGD include: International Golf Federation, World Golf Foundation, LPGA, LET, European Tour Properties, TPC, NGCOA, EGCOA, ClubCorp, Billy Casper Golf, PGA TOUR Superstore, Ahead, Gallus, LPGA WWP, WIGI, Top Golf, Golf Now, All Square, Expert Golf, Troon and Troon International.

ABOUT WOMEN’S GOLF DAY:

Women’s Golf Day (WGD) is a global golf initiative launched in 2016 to introduce women of all ages to the game and encourage existing female golfers to “tee it up” in a fun and highly inclusive environment. The  one day, four-hour event, spanned 46 countries in 711 locations, and introduced thousands of new golfers to the sport while transcending language, culture, religion, and race to celebrate golf, women, and community. WGD created an incredible global community in two years and has the support of almost every major golfing governing body and organization. WGD’s primary hashtag #WomensGolfDay received more than 15 million global impressions to nearly 10 million users across Twitter and Instagram.  

To learn more about Women’s Golf Day and its upcoming event on Tuesday June 5, 2018 visit www.womensgolfday.com @womensgolfday, #WomensGolfDay

CONTACTS:

Media Relations: Emma Ballard emma@medi8ltd.co.uk +44 (0) 7921 229834

Founder: Elisa Gaudet elisa@execgolfintl.com +1 305 610 9558

 

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.