On multiple occasions on this blog I have written about my involvement with the Gateway PGA Section's Golf Day Marathon. This is a season long even that asks our Section's professionals to commit to playing 100 holes of golf in one day. Given our schedules and the amount of hours worked by a golf professional in season this is no small commitment! The professionals who play get friends, relatives, members, and golfers at their course to pledge their financial support to raise money for selected charities. This was the second year for the event in the Gateway PGA and on October 7, 2013, we held a "thank you" pro am event at Annbriar Golf Course for many of the generous donors. The great day of golf was highlighted at dinner by the recognition of the charities and the check presentation.
This year we once again supported Hospice of Southern Illinois, Ranken Jordan - A Pediatric Specialty Hospital, and the Gateway PGA Foundation. Two new charities that were involved this year were the Columbia (MO) Golf Foundation and Quincy (IL) Junior Golf. After hosting, running, and playing in so many charity events it is particularly rewarding to be involved with the PGA Golf Day and see the impact our efforts have on our community through these charities. I feel comfortable in saying that there is not one golf professional in our Section who has not had a direct experience with at least one of these charities. In the Quincy area, Gideon Smith, PGA, has introduced a golf in school program to new junior golfers at each of the six Quincy elementary schools and will soon expand to Springfield, IL. The money donated to the Columbia Golf Foundation will be used for a similar endeavor. Hospice of Southern Illinois covers 27 counties throughout the area and provides a compassionate service to many people in the region. The final few days of my mother's life were spent in hospice care and I cannot say enough good things about the work this organization does. The Gateway PGA Foundation, led by MLB Hall of Famer Ozzie Smith, provides opportunities through golf to improve the lives of thousands of kids throughout the entire Gateway PGA Section (for more information on the Gateway PGA Foundation click HERE).
|2012 Gateway PGA Golf Day Marathon check presentation with Ozzie Smith|
This year we were honored to be able to donate $10,500 to Ranken Jordan which brings the 2 year total to just over $21,000. When you give this sum of money to an organization with a CEO like Lauri Tanner you know that nothing but good things will come from it. We are very fortunate in St. Louis to have world class medical care like what the kids receive at Ranken Jordan. As a Section we are also very fortunate to be involved and associated with all of the great charities we support through the PGA Golf Day. Events like this are a great example of the good things that can be done with and through the game of golf. And nights like last night, when this game affords me the opportunity to present checks in excess of $10,000 to multiple charities, make me very, very proud to be a PGA Professional.