posted on November 19, 2014 11:04
Annual Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament a Success
2014 Tournament Celebrities (Left to Right): Andres Galarraga, Daryl Boston, Nick Franklin, Harold Baines, Darnell Coles, Stan Boroski, Gary Sheffield, Alex Cobb, Jose Bautista, Ozzie Timmons, Tim Raines Jr., Dave Carpenter, John Ford Griffin, Zack Eflin, Tyler Clippard, Forrest Wall, Ryan Hanigan, Frank Viola, Eddie Taubensee, Corey Kluber, Casey Kotchman, Jim Hickey, David Price
For the 7th consecutive year, Interlachen country Club (Winter Park, FL) played host to the annual Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament. And for the 7th consecutive year, the event was a great success.
The event, presented by UBS Private Wealth, featured more than 25 current and former MLB players including three #1 overall draft picks, three Cy Young Award winners, and a 500 HR club member. The event roster read like an All-Star lineup card with names like David Price, Jose Bautista, Corey Kluber, Davey Johnson, Frank Viola, Andres Galarraga, and Gary Sheffield all taking part in the festivities.
American League Cy Young Award Winners Corey Kluber (2014), Frank Viola (1988), and David Price (2012)
Golfers and celebrities enjoyed a pairings dinner party at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park on Sunday evening before golf on Monday. The party gave a chance for attendees to mix and mingle with some of the biggest names in baseball. The highlight of the evening was a live auction, which raised more than $15,000 with items that included VIP pit passes for the Daytona 500, a hand-painted canvas portrait of Hunter Pence and a rare wine collection.
Artist John Prince with his painting, purchased by the Wall family
“The annual golf tournament is not only our biggest individual fundraising event, but it is also hands down the most entertaining weekend of the year,” said Rob Sitz, President of the Florida League. “It’s great seeing professional baseball players support the league, and it offers a unique opportunity for baseball fans to enjoy a round of golf with some of their favorite players.”
The Florida League is a 501c3 non-profit baseball league that offers collegiate players the opportunity to play wood bat baseball against top-level competition during the summer. Athletes come from all over the country to play in the nationally recognized league. The Florida League is one of only ten leagues in the country that is partially funded by Major League Baseball. More than 280 Florida League alumni have been drafted by professional clubs, and eleven former players have reached the MLB, including 2014 National League Rookie of the Year Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers All-Star catcher Jonathan Lucroy .
Each year, the Celebrity Golf tournament raises roughly 15% of the league’s operational budget. The celebrities who participate in the event volunteer their time and are not paid for their appearances. In addition, many of them sign balls, photos, jerseys and other pieces of memorabilia to be auctioned off to help bring in extra revenue.