READY “FORE” THE 4TH ANNUAL DAVEY NELSON CELEBRITY GOLF TOURNAMENT?

The Fourth Annual Celebrity Golf Tournament hosted by Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and FOX Sports Wisconsin broadcaster Dave Nelson is scheduled to be held a week from this Monday, on June 11 at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler, Wisconsin.

Davey Nelson (right) with Craig Coshun at Miller Park.   Photo: OnMilwaukee.com

This year, I am very excited to be playing in the 18-Hole Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament, which begins at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception, silent and live auctions, and dinner.

Celebrity guests scheduled to golf in the tournament include former Brewers players Jerry Augustine, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM), Jim Gantner, Pete Ladd, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”), Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, and Paul Wagner; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; and Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player. [Celebrity golfers are subject to change.]

I don’t know yet who I will be paired up with for the tournament, but I would be honored to play with any of these celebrities! And, not only is the field stellar, but the course, which has been the site of the outing for all four years, is amazing as well.

I’ve been fortunate enough to play Blackwolf Run just a few times and it is one of my favorites. They have two 18-hole courses and the tournament will be hosted on the Meadow Valleys course.

Here I am, playing at Blackwolf Run in late fall a couple of years back. What a beautiful course!

I’m especially excited to be playing Blackwolf Run this year, as the Original Championship Course is the site of the 2012 Women’s U.S. Open (July 2-8).

For the Open, Blackwolf Run will return to its original single-course configuration, comprised of holes 10-18 of the Meadow Valleys course and holes 1-4 and 14-18 of the River course. That means, when you’re on the back nine at Davey’s tournament, you’ll be playing a U.S. Open course!

This is the second time the course will host that tournament. In 1998, when I was a young, impressionable golfer on my high school team, my dad took me up there for the entire week, including the day of the 18-hole playoff between Se Ri Pak and amateur Jenny Chuasiriporn, which included an extra two holes on top of that in sudden death before Pak was finally crowned as champion. I remember getting to meet my idols, like Annika Sorenstam and having the time of my left watching some of the best golf I have ever seen.

Here I am at age 15 with former LPGA player and three-time U.S. Open champion, Annika Sorenstam at Blackwolf Run during the Women’s U.S. Open in 1998.

 

More memorabilia from the 1998 Women’s U.S. Open at Blackwolf Run. I was so cool back then, wasn’t I?

Registrations are being accepted as foursomes only and a celebrity golfer will be paired with each group to make up a five-person team. Team play will consist of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers. The tournament is limited to 30 foursomes and, if you haven’t signed up yet, I’m told there is still space available, but it is moving quickly! Registration fees are $2,500 per foursome.

Besides the tournament itself, a golf clinic led by American Club golf pros and a putting contest will take place at 9:30 a.m., and a buffet brunch will be served prior to play. After golf, there will be a cocktail hour with a Silent Auction followed by dinner and a Live Auction.

For those who do not wish to golf, tickets to the reception and dinner only are available for $150 per person.

An additional preview event has been added on Sunday, June 10th, consisting of a golf experience at Whistling Straits followed by a cocktail reception and dinner at the Championship Locker room. Rates for the preview event vary pending participation and sponsorship level.

Proceeds will benefit Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms Home for Children is a non-profit organization that provides shelter, clothing, protection and basic healthcare for what is now home to many children orphaned due to the Aids epidemic in South Africa. Dave Nelson has served as Board Director for over four years.

For additional information, sponsorship opportunities, or to sign up for this memorable golfing experience visit http://www.brewers.com/davey or contact event chair, Johanna Perrini, at (414) 213-8671 or daveysgolf@gmail.com.

Updates on the event can be found on twitter by following Brewers Community Foundation (@brewerscf) or on the Facebook: Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament to Benefit Open Arms.

I hope to see you on the links!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

More about Davey Nelson:

Nelson enters his fifth season as an analyst for FS Wisconsin broadcasts.  He also serves as Brewers Director of Alumni Relations and leads the team’s Speakers Bureau.  In his front office role, Nelson maintains a database of former Brewers players as well as organizes events for Brewers alumni.

Prior to his current role, Nelson served as Brewers first-base coach from 2003-06.  In 2001 and 2002, he was a minor-league outfield instructor.  Nelson began his Major League coaching career in 1981 with Chicago-AL and later spent time coaching in Cleveland, Oakland and Montreal.  In 1980, he was on the coaching staff at Texas Christian University.

Nelson enjoyed a 10-year Major League playing career from 1968-77.  The former outfielder played for Cleveland, Washington, Texas and Kansas City.  He was named to the American League All-Star team in 1973.

Born in Fort Still, Oklahoma, Nelson went on to graduate from Junipero Serra High School in California.  He attended Compton Junior College for one year and Los Angeles State College for two years.  Nelson also served in the Army Reserve for six years.  He currently splits time between Bradenton, Florida and Milwaukee.

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