5th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Swinging Success
Last month, I previewed the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic at the Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin and today, I was fortunate enough to play in it.
This was the fifth year of Davey’s tournament, but the first year at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at Blackwolf Run).
Here’s a short video to give you a feel for the course:
Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a polo shirt, a shoe bag and towel. Then, the morning started off with golf pros walking the line at the driving range and a putting contest, along with a buffet brunch.
Each foursome in the tournament was paired with a celebrity golfer to make up a five-person team. Team play consisted of a Scramble Format with team prizes awarded to the top finishers.
Among the many celebrities in the tournament were current Brewers players and personnel: Gord Ash, Doug Melvin and Ron Roenicke; former Brewers players Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM), Jeff Cirillo, Geoff Jenkins, Damian Miller, Greg Vaughn and Steve Woodard; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun and Telly Hughes, sideline reporters for Fox Sports Wisconsin.
It was fun to mix and mingle with everyone, including having the opportunity to catch up with Geoff:
My group consisted of our celebrity, Greg Meyer, a NFL referee and longtime friend of Davey’s, his brother, Brad, and Mike and Joe Stanislawski, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 18, a par five. We got off to a somewhat slow start, but after awhile things really picked up and we clicked.
We had a ton of fun in our group and each member contributed equally, playing to his or her strength.
We finished the day at -9 (63), which was good, but not good enough to win the tournament.
Each hole also consisted of different challenges with opportunities to win various prizes for things like longest drive, longest putt, or closest to the hole. Our team came close on a few of the challenges, but didn’t hold up in the end.
We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain, we had wonderful weather, a fun day, the chance to play a beautiful championship course and, most importantly, we were helping a great cause: Open Arms Home for Children in South Africa and Brewers Community Foundation. Open Arms 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. Davey has served as Board of Director for over four years.
Following golf, there was a reception and silent auction, and then dinner with a live auction. During dinner, we learned more about Open Arms and heard stories about the children whose lives we were helping, all by taking a day off of work to play golf. It was a very touching and moving presentation and I’m so happy that this event has been able to raise money to support the organization, which Davey and many others have dedicated a lot of time and energy into making a success.
For more information on Open Arms, please visit the website at http://www.openarmshome.com.
Here are some more photos from the day and I hope to see you out at the tournament next year!