Florida's Seminole Region of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) will play Best Ball Tournament and hundreds of holes of Marathon Golf in an attempt to surpass last year's proceeds of $500,000,.
Florida's Seminole Region of the Club Managers Association of America (CMAA) is hitting the greens for their annual charity golf tournament to raise money for children's charities. The event has two components - Marathon Golf, now in its fourth year, from May 13 to June 2, followed by the 24th Annual Best Ball Tournament. For Marathon Golf, the Managers' membership, their recruits and other entrants tee off at several area courses with pledges made for every hole of golf played. Last year, the Seminole Region of the Florida CMAA raised over $500,000, of which $100,000 was collected by the Marathon Golfers. This year's goal is $200,000. The one-day Best Ball Tournament will then be held at Boca West on June 9th preceded by the Grand Gala on the 8th attended by over 800 guests.
The Best Ball tournament is one of the most impressive golf events of its kind with over 400 participants on four courses. No other one-day tournament has this many golfers participating for a single charity. At the same time, the Marathon event is also unlike other tournaments - "unconventional" by many standards.
"Yes, we adhere to the basic scoring rules of golf, but that's where it ends. It's not about protocol, it's about having fun while raising money. In essence, we challenge everyone to play until they drop," mused Gary Collins, tournament committee member and country club manager at Frenchman's Reserve. "A standard PGA tournament is 72 holes. With Marathon Golf, some of us have played more than 140 holes and finish up playing in the dark with flashlights!"
"The objective with this event is to make a dramatic difference in the lives of thousands of children in need through our beneficiaries," explained Jay DiPietro, tournament chairman and manager of Boca West Country Club. "We always strive to surpass the funds raised the previous year. This year is no exception."
Virtually all the proceeds go directly to the South Florida chapters of the various charities. The Marathon Golf event has no overhead, greens fees are waived and all the food for the Gala is donated. Beneficiary charities include Toys for Tots, The Special Olympics, SOS Children's Villages, The George Snow Scholarship Fund, The Unicorn Children's Foundation, Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and The First Tee of the Palm Beaches.
"Our mission is to impact the lives of young people, including those with disabilities, with educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing core values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf," said Carl Mistretta, executive chairman of The First Tee of the Palm Beaches. "We're excited to be working with the Florida Seminole Region of CMAA. Their programs truly embody the values we teach at First Tee."
To sign up your company or club for Marathon Golf, call Gary Collins at 561-261-3554. To sign up for the June 8 and 9th Charity Golf Event contact Darlene Wright at Boca West Country Club at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-488-6990. If you simply wish to make a tax-deductable donation, make check payable to "The Seminole Region Charity Tournament" and send to Gary Collins, Marathon Golf, Frenchman's Reserve Country Club, 3370 Grande Corniche, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410.