Charity golf events with a Captain’s Choice format over a standard 18 holes are a dime a dozen. Participants often slog around 18 holes, taking up their entire day in an event that may lose players as the event carries on. Over time, returning players and potential participants may lose interest. What’s the solution to a dwindling head count and repetitive event structure?
Perfect Golf Event has developed an intriguing way to organize, manage and promote your golf tournament with many features, including a unique format that transitions a golf course into a quicker, simpler day of fun and, more notably, a larger return for the cause.
One charity golf event that has drawn lots of attention within the last two years has been professional golfer Jeff Klauk and Perfect Golf Event holding the Athletes vs. Epilepsy $1 Million Shootout (AthletesVsEpilepsyGolf.com) each spring – the day after the completion of the Masters Tournament – at The Palencia Club near St. Augustine, Fla. Approximately $125,000 has been raised during that timespan.
The unique format for the event organized by Perfect Golf Event included a course setup of nine regulation holes and nine par 3s, with each par 3 offering $10,000 for a hole in one. The nine players who were closest to the hole on the designated par 3s qualified for a day-ending shootout where a hole in one earned $1 million. The payout included $500,000 to the winning individual and $500,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and Athletes vs. Epilepsy. If there is no hole in one in the shootout, the player closest to the hole won $1,000.
Teams were assembled in fivesomes. There were also putting contests where if someone made a 50-foot putt in the finale the prize was Masters Tournament badges. Auction items included a pink Ping driver signed by two-time Masters winner Bubba Watson, a round of golf for four at TPC Sawgrass with Jim Furyk and a 2016 Rio Olympics flag signed by golf gold medalist Justin Rose, silver medalist Henrik Stenson and bronze medalist Matt Kuchar.
“Raising awareness and funding for epilepsy research is my passion,” Klauk said. “My life was changed by this disease, which affects 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide. Funding from government sources is much less than other diseases, so Perfect Golf Event and how to run a charity golf event is a great resource for organizing this event and other tournaments to raise money for causes close to people’s hearts.”
Klauk, 40, joined Perfect Golf Event in 2016 as the Manager of Tournaments and Events for the new digital platform designed for charitable and sponsored golf tournament organizers, giving step-by-step instructions on running a golf charity event, thereby enabling them to raise more money for their causes. Perfect Golf Event’s headquarters are located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Klauk won twice in his professional career, at the 2003 Preferred Health Systems Wichita (Kan.) Open and the 2008 Melwood Prince George's County (Md.) Open on the Web.com Tour. He played four seasons on the PGA Tour, beginning in 2009 when he earned three fourth-place finishes and more than $1.2 million during his rookie season. He finished a career-best solo fourth at The Honda Classic that season. Additionally, Klauk was the 2000 NCAA Division II Championship medalist at Florida Southern, thereby earning the Arnold Palmer Award, and also played on the United States Palmer Cup team that summer in England – both named in honor of the late golf legend.
Klauk’s playing career was derailed by health issues. In April 2012, he underwent brain surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to deal with the effects of epileptic seizures he first experienced in 2006. He played eight tournaments on the Web.com Tour in 2015.