Raising the Bar On Fundraising Golf Event Results

Perfect Golf Event wrapped up 2015 with a track record as a full service resource for fundraising, charity and sponsored golf tournaments.

Thousands of event organizers use Perfect Golf Event annually to organize, manage and promote their fundraising golf event. Two of those events this year displayed the ability to deliver a unique format that invigorates the event, creates maximum participation and, ultimately, generates the most funds for the organization.

The May 22 $1 Million Luxury Shootout for Loyola Academy in St. Louis awarded a new BMW to the winner and the Aug. 1 CFA Ben Mintz Golf Outing fundraiser for Cornell University’s Football Association in Ithaca, N.Y., awarded two $10,000 Hole in One Contest prizes and an additional $10,000 in the final shootout. Both events convert an 18-hole course to 18 par-3 holes for the competition.

“Perfect Golf Event enables organizations to differentiate themselves in raising the bar on their fundraising opportunities,” said Paul Courter, Chief Operating Officer of Perfect Golf Event. “The Loyola Academy and Cornell events are great examples of how charitable events can be revitalized despite the recent drop-off in attendance due to stale formats for fundraising events throughout the country. Additionally, Perfect Golf Event formats allow participants to play in less than four hours and raise more money in the process. Perfect Golf Event offers organizers a way to grow in a simpler way and enables them to plan not only this year, but develop a growth model for years to come.”

The St. Louis, event, sponsored by Newbold BMW of St. Louis to benefit the Loyola Academy middle school, placed a BMW on all 18 par-3 holes. Anyone who made an ace won a car. The event at the prestigious Log Cabin Club culminated by placing the 18 participants who were closest to the pin during the day into a final shootout. The players took shots from 165 yards with $1 million going to anyone who scored an ace and then a closest to the hole from 100 yards, from which the proximity winner won a BMW. The five-year event has sold out each year, given away five BMWs and raised more than $500,000 for the private school.

“We’re very satisfied and our donors love the event,” said Faith Barnes, the Director of Development for Loyola Academy of St. Louis. “Our followers wait for this event every year, and even though we might slightly tweak the format from year to year, we’re already excited about next year’s event.”

The Cornell Football Association, which supports the Big Red’s Ivy League football program, has organized a fundraising golf tournament annually for 59 years. In 2015, Perfect Golf Event was engaged and converted the format to 18 par-3 holes at the on-campus Robert Trent Jones-designed golf course and teams were paired into sixsomes in morning and afternoon waves. Each hole was worth $10,000 for a hole in one and there were two in the competition, one in the morning by assistant football coach Mark Kreydt and one in the afternoon by Jerry Fives, the father of Cornell football player JJ Fives. The final $10,000 shootout winner was former Big Red football player Cody Roberts.

“This event has always been our sole source for revenue for our organization,” said Doug Pratt of the CFA. “As such, raising money isn’t always a guaranteed situation. Paul (Courter) brought a new level of enthusiasm and a different approach to our event and it was very well received by our members. We gave away more than $30,000 to winners and we more than covered the expense through sponsorships. I highly recommend Paul’s company to handle a charitable golf event, especially if the event needs some new sizzle.”
From PerfectGolfEvent.com, the primary Web site, tournament organizers can access golf tournament software to establish a website for their own events in just minutes after answering a few quick questions. The no-cost setup is unique as a planning tool. The site allows for escalating tiers of website detail and engagement that includes publicity for the event, the ability to track participants and expenses and to add engaging contests such as closest to the pin, long drive and highly valued hole-in-one prizes through its Tournament Shop.