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Everything Came Up Roses at the Texas Gulf Coast Chapter’s New Golf Tournament

April 17, 2012

Texas volunteers Rachel Hughes, Audrey Spalding, Rachel Holt and Natalie Swinney enjoy the festivities at the island-themed Party Hole at the first annual 65 Roses Golf Classic in Houston.

Texas volunteers Rachel Hughes, Audrey Spalding, Rachel Holt and Natalie Swinney enjoy the festivities at the island-themed Party Hole at the first annual 65 Roses Golf Classic in Houston.

When Betsy and Charlie Nettle’s youngest daughter Paige was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis last year at the age of 22, they jumped into action to help raise critical dollars in the fight against CF. As they set out to arrange a Houston, Texas, golf tournament to support the cause, they knew the event would be successful when it sold out just weeks after it was announced.

This March, the Nettles’ plans were realized when the Texas Gulf Chapter’s inaugural 65 Roses Golf Classic raised $550,000 to support the search for a cure.

Golf Tournament with a Festive Twist

Nearly 150 golfers parred and birdied their way through festive, themed Party Holes that showcased live music and great food, before ending the day with a crawfish boil at a creative shoot-out contest.

Event chair Charlie Nettles, II, and his daughter Paige Montgomery end the day at the crawfish boil and shoot-out contest following the tournament.

Event chair Charlie Nettles, II, and his daughter Paige Montgomery end the day at the crawfish boil and shoot-out contest following the tournament.

“This tournament will surely turn into Houston’s premier charity golf tournament, if it hasn’t already!” said Jason DeLorenzo, event committee member and sponsor.

The evening before the tournament, more than 350 volunteers attended a gourmet kick-off banquet. Mike Beatty, a member of the CF Foundation National Board of Trustees and father of Piper, 30, who has CF, moved the crowd with his personal story and thanked guests for their generous support of the Foundation’s efforts to find a cure for CF.

Inspired by his powerful remarks, guests enthusiastically bid on items in the live and silent auctions, including an exclusive Cabo San Lucas getaway and a rare collection of Mouton Rothschild wines.

The Texas Gulf Coast Chapter would like to thank the event chairs:

  • Betsy & Charlie Nettles, II

Its generous sponsors:

  • Abercrombie Builders, Inc.
  • Anne & Jay Coskey
  • Jason B. Lane Energy Partners, II, LLC
  • The Nettles Family
  • Melissa & Doug Schnitzer
  • Amie & Jeff Springmeyer
  • Sprint Management LLC
  • Jackson Walker L.L.P.
  • Zorich Family Foundation

And key committee members who helped make the golf tournament a big success:

  • Andy Abercrombie
  • Melanie Brown
  • David Cravens
  • Sharon & Jason DeLorenzo
  • Griffin Guthneck
  • Rick Harmon
  • Katie & Chad Lyons
  • Michael E. McGinnis
  • Paige & Ryan Montgomery
  • Daniel Moore
  • Kimberly & Charlie Nettles, III
  • Cindy & Don Poarch
  • Scott Rogan
  • Brittany Stephens
  • Ann & Rusty Werme
  • Nona & David Wyli
  • Robby Zorich
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