Running a charity golf event varies from a small church or business fundraiser all the way up to a multi-functional event that has prizes that include luxury automobiles and large amounts of cash. Perfect Golf Event is an expert on any level of organization for running a Charity Golf Events.
One Charity Golf Event that drew lots of attention within the last year was professional golfer Jeff Klauk and Perfect Golf Event holding the first Athletes vs. Epilepsy $1 Million Shootout
The format for the Charity Golf Event, Perfect Golf Event organized, 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. There was no hole in one in the shootout, but the player closest to the hole won $1,000.
The entry fee was $400 per person for the Charity Golf Event, with teams assembled in fivesomes. There was also a pre-event insured putting contest where if the final 50-foot putt was made, they won the prize. Auction items included a pink Ping driver signed by two-time Major 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.
A group of professional golfers and athletes from other sports were expected to participate in the Charity Golf Event as designated hitters on select par 3s. They included former Jacksonville Jaguars place-kicker Josh Scobee, Tony Boselli, and former Jaxson de Ville mascot, Curtis Dvorak, professional golfers Klauk, Blaine McCallister, Len Mattiace and Aron Price and former PGA Tour Commissioner Deane Beman, who played as a part of a team. Ponte Vedra Beach’s Justin James, the 2017 World Long Drive Champion, hit drives for teams on a designated par 5 for the Charity Golf Event.
“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, 39, 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 Golf Event, thereby enabling them to raise more money for their causes. Perfect Golf Event’s headquarters are located in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and they specialize helping organizers in running a charity golf event.
“We are supportive and excited about Jeff’s efforts to grow awareness of epilepsy as a member of the Perfect Golf Event team with this event,” said Bruce Lucker, CEO of Perfect Golf Event. “In our first 22 months, the company has worked with thousands of tournaments and this is another cornerstone event where we can truly help make a difference and explain how to run a Charity Golf Event. Jeff’s expertise and energy are continuing to make Perfect Golf Event the most robust digital platform for golf tournament organizers who focus on fundraising and running a charity golf event.”
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.
Klauk grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, where his father, Fred, was the longtime superintendent at TPC Sawgrass. Klauk and his family reside in nearby St. Augustine at Palencia, a master-planned community with an Arthur Hills-designed golf course. Palencia is located off of U.S. 1 just north of St. Augustine and sits just west of the Intracoastal Waterway (605 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. 32095).