Ultimate Golf Experience—It’s More than Just a Golf Tournament!
The 11th annual Ultimate Golf Experience (UGE) once again proved that combining top-shelf golf with great entertainment and special friends of the CF Foundation is a winning combination. Taking place at the Four Seasons Aviara in northern San Diego, this weekend-long event raised close to $400,000! And, even though the event was headlined by comedian Lewis Black and country band Little Texas, it was a 13-year-old boy who especially touched the hearts of all who were there.
Matt Bastian, winner of the coveted Giovanni Villani Award, dedicated his 2005 UGE victory to Charlie Coffey
Celebrating the 2nd anniversary of his lung transplant, Charlie Coffey and his father, David, were ready to come play together at UGE. David told the crowd that it was “very special for me to play my first full 18 holes of golf with my son, Charlie, surrounded by our friends and family at the CF Foundation.”
Thursday’s golf was played at Aviara, followed by dinner and great entertainment. Little Texas drew loud applause from the crowd and, while they were playing their fan favorite, “God Bless Texas,” Charlie made everyone’s night when he got up and sang with the band! Later, Little Texas auctioned off some of their guitars to help raise money to support the mission of the CF Foundation.
On Friday, guests teed off at the ultra-exclusive Del Mar Country Club, where the CF Foundation was one of only two outside groups allowed to play the course this year. That evening was topped off with entertainment from The Daily Show’s Lewis Black, a long-time friend of the CF Foundation. Lewis was recognized for his many years of support and service in a tribute video, and Charlie presented him with a piece of pottery that he made especially for Lewis.
During the live auction, Lewis donated two private comedy shows and he later bid on and won a dinner made in his home by renowned chef, Noah Bekofsky. Lewis is going to turn this into another CF fund-raiser. Other exciting items that were auctioned off were vacation packages sponsored by the Four Seasons and American Airlines®, TaylorMade clubs and memorabilia from many sports legends.
With the weekend winding down, there was only one thing left to do: decide the winner of the coveted Giovanni Villani Award. This award means a lot to the players because "Gio" was an up-and-coming golfer who played UGE with his father, Pat. He passed away at the age of 14 in 1999. The event's Co-chairs David and Sheri Mount wanted to always keep Gio’s spirit and memory alive by naming the tournament's top award after him.
After three days of golf, the top sixteen players participated in a Championship Play-off, with the winner receiving the Gio Award. This year’s winner was ICS Corporation’s own Matt Bastian! Matt has played at eight UGE tournaments, and this win was quite sweet since Matt is usually the brunt of so many “Bogey Awards” and golfing mishaps! Matt dedicated the award to Charlie and gave the trophy to him. After much thought, Charlie thanked him for it and then returned it saying, “Matt, I’d like you to take good care of this because in ten years, I’m going to win it on my own!”
Weekends like this don’t happen without the generous sponsorship support! Special thanks to Outstanding Corporate Partner American Airlines; Hospitality Sponsor Altus; Beverage Cart Sponsor Phelps Trucking; Reception Sponsor ICS Corporation; and Travel Sponsor World Travel BTI.
Participants are already making plans to attend next year when UGE goes to The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island in South Carolina on October 18-22, 2006! For more information, contact the CF Foundation at (800) FIGHT CF.
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