The Annual Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament, presented by UBS Private Wealth, took place this past weekend and proved to be a continued success. The tournament, now in its 6th year, fielded 28 fivesomes, as well as top Major League Baseball celebrities with a combined 191 years of MLB service, 851 home runs, 4940 strike outs, 15 All-Star Appearances, 6 First Round Picks, 3 Silver Sluggers, 5 World Series Titles, and 1 Cy Young Award. The tournament was once again played at the prestigious Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park, and was hosted on Monday November 11, 2013. All proceeds throughout the weekend benefited the Florida Collegiate Summer League, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
The weekend began Sunday morning with the 3rd Annual Celebrity Pitching & Hitting Clinic. Current and former MLB stars joined the Florida League and 35 aspiring youth baseball players in Winter Park at nearby Alfond Stadium. Celebrities that took part in the clinic were: Stan Boroski, Mike Stanley, JR House, Kris Benson, Bobby Bradley, Kawika Mitchell, Austin Chubb, Ken Kelly, Mike Powers, Kevin Davidson, Rob Sitz, Scott Hilinski, Kevin Gallaher, and Jamie Quinn. The clinic lasted three hours and focused on pitching and hitting essentials taught by each of the MLB veterans. The clinic was closed out with a word from JR House, Minor League Manager for the Arizona Diamondbacks, and Stan Boroski, Bench Coach for the Tampa Bay Rays.
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Tournament activities officially kicked off on Sunday evening with the group pairings dinner and silent auction. Celebrities, golfers, donors, family, and friends of the Florida League were invited to the home of Mike and Sara Whiting for the event, which was catered by Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Former #1 overall draft pick Kris Benson began the evening speaking about his experience in the Cape Cod League and his commitment to helping continue to make the Florida League one of the elite baseball summer leagues in the country. Following Benson, Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants and Kevin Davidson each shared a word and spoke about the importance of the Florida League and this event which helps provide collegiate players the opportunity to hone their skills in a family friendly community environment. Mike Zizmer of UBS Private Wealth (Tournament Presenting Sponsor) also spoke to the crowd who had gathered for the evening.
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On Monday, 141 golfers descended on Interlachen Country Club to enjoy the incredible Florida weather and a memorable day. Upon arrival at the course, golfers mingled with celebrities, warmed up on the driving range, took part in the putting contest, visited the Nike Golf shop, and enjoyed a buffet lunch. Golf began at noon as the 28 groups took to the course after a welcome from Interlachen Pro Jay Kennedy, Golf Chair Kevin Davidson, and League President Rob Sitz. Upon completion of the golf round, participants enjoyed a full buffet dinner in the Argyle ballroom at Interlachen as prizes were announced for the winners of the tournament, putting contest, long drive, and closest to the pin contests. The Florida League would like to congratulate Mark O’Mara and his group for their Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament victory as his group won with an overall score of 53 (-19).
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Overall, through the silent auction, sponsorships, and donations from our generous participants, the golf tournament achieved a new record by raising over $75,000!
The Florida League would like to thank all of our sponsors, as well as those who donated items to the golf tournament. It is the generosity of these individuals that helped make this event such a huge success. We would also like to thank all of the volunteers who contributed their time and effort to helping out with the entire weekend. Without the assistance of these volunteers, the tournament would not have run as smoothly as it did. The Florida League would also like to thank all of the participants and celebrities who made the tournament a financial success. The dedication given by each and every party involved is the reason why the 2013 Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament remains the elite charity golf tournament in Central Florida.
Golf Tournament Overall and Contest Winners
First Place Overall
Prize: Set of Nike VRS Irons for each player in group.
Group: Mark O’Mara – Kevin Davidson – Jack Berry Jr. – Jason Romano – Newton Jones
Second Place Overall
Prize: Nike Golf Bag for each player in group.
Group: Kevin Gallaher – David Christner – David McLeod – Tim Dunham – Dwain Brannon
Third Place Overall
Prize: $100 Christner's gift certificate for each player in group.
Group: Kris Benson - Mike Zizmer - Doug Dvorak - David Shaw - AJ Pierzynski
Prize: $500 Loudmouth Gift Certificate
Winner: Robert Hoover
Long Drive Contest
Prize: Nike Hybrid
Winner: Doug Dvorak
Accuracy Drive Contest
Prize: Foursome to Shingle Creek
Winner: Tyler Marlette
Closest To The Pin
Hole 5 – Jason Romano
Hole 8 - Dwain Brannon
Hole 11 – Yi Kim
Hole 17 - Newton Jones