posted on November 18, 2015 08:14
Once the final silent auction winner checked out on Monday evening, smiles were seen on the faces of all the Florida League staff and volunteers. After months of preparation and a busy weekend of activity, the 2015 Florida League Celebrity Golf Tournament had ended. Everyone knew that the tournament had gone off without a hitch, and it was hard not to be proud of all the work that had been put in to make the event a great success.
San Francisco Giants All-Star outfielder Hunter Pence was an integral part of the tournament’s good fortune. Hunter, who has attended seven of the eight tournaments, started things off with an appearance on Golf Channel’s “Morning Drive” on Sunday. He then hosted a private hitting clinic for a select number of youth players, offering hitting tips, stories of making it to the big leagues and taking pictures and signing autographs for the kids.
On Sunday evening, the Pairings Party commenced at Interlachen Country Club in Winter Park. All of the tournament golfers, as well as a select number of sponsors and local supporters were joined by more than a dozen celebrities for a night of great food, drinks and an important message. League President Rob Sitz, Tournament Chair Kevin Davidson, Tournament Sponsors Mike Zizmer and Newton Jones of UBS Private Wealth and Pence all spoke on behalf of the league, stressing the importance of summer ball for players and the surrounding communities.
A number of unique items were sold via live auction, including a week-long stay at any Diamond Resort in the country, an autographed Reggie Jackson Yankees jersey, a case of fine wine, and jumbo canvas portraits of Jose Bautista, Hunter Pence and Kyle Schwarber. In addition, more than $7,500 was raised through generous pledges from attendees.
Monday morning was the main event at Interlachen. The morning began with complimentary range balls, a brunch buffet and putting contest. Around noon 31 golf groups trekked out to the course to begin their day of golf. Absolutely perfect weather made the day enjoyable for everyone. The highlight on the course was professional long-driver Bobby Bradley showing off his power stroke on Hole 10, including this new approach to a “tee shot”.
The weekend concluded with dinner, tournament prizes and a silent auction featuring more than 80 packages, ranging from vacations to dining certificates to autographed memorabilia. An impressive total of 93 different companies and individuals donated an item for the auction. This event would not be such a success without their generosity.
A special thank you goes to UBS Private Wealth for being the presenting sponsor of the tournament for the fifth consecutive year. We would also like to thank all of our other sponsors and donors for your contributions (see program below for details). Lastly, we would like to thank all of the celebrities who attended and supported this year’s event:
Check out our Tournament Program!