Popular Golf Tournaments Draw Wide Range of Supporters

August 1, 2007

Mariners Care Golf Tournament
During the Washington Chapter’s Seattle Mariners Care Golf Tournament, CF Representative Evan Waara takes his best swing at the beautiful Golf Club at Newcastle, which overlooks the city of Seattle.
Some are major sluggers on the baseball diamond. Some dominate the football field. Others command the boardroom. On the golf course, however, all are on neutral playing field, where they share a common goal to help find a cure for CF. With the rising popularity of golf in all areas of the country, CF Foundation golf tournaments are experiencing tremendous growth and success.

On June 18, the San Diego Chapter’s Legends of Sports Golf Tournament pitted 15 MLB players against 15 NFL players. With the help of honoree Nick Hardwick, Pro Bowl center for the San Diego Chargers, an exciting group of current and former football players joined the tournament. Teamed with a foursome of Foundation supporters, each athlete aimed to take home a win for their respective sport. Legendary Cy Young winner Randy Jones and local sports DJ Hank Bauer—who later served as Masters of Ceremony at the evening’s dinner and auction—helped the event raise $130,000.

The Washington Chapter’s Seattle Mariners Care Golf Tournament also found great success by headlining their premiere golf tournament with popular baseball players. As hosts of the tournament, Mariners left-fielder Raul Ibanez and former Mariners left-fielder Jay Buhner drew a large group of participants, including local business and community leaders. All guests stayed in the competitive spirit at dinner, as they tried to outbid each other for a chance to win ribs for 100 people from popular restaurant Rory’s Ribs, as well as unique sports paraphernalia. By the end of the night the event raised $170,000.

For guests of the Wisconsin Chapter’s Cystic Fibrosis SKINS Challenge, 18 holes at the Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison were simply not enough to satisfy the most avid golfers. Two tickets to the Foundation’s exclusive Ultimate Golf Experience were raffled off for $10,000 during the event’s dinner and auction. Under the leadership of a strong committee, the golf tournament brought in more than $64,000—nearly doubling what it raised in 2006.

The success of golf tournaments around the nation has helped raise vital CF research dollars and recruit new supporters to the Foundation’s mission. Whether baseball players or football players, a traditional 18-hole round or an all-day marathon tournament, volunteers have found a great way to combine people’s love for golf with their desire to help the CF cause.