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Several Brewers alumni were on hand at today’s Arctic Tailgate event and our own Jeff Levering spoke to Gorman Thomas, Jerry Augustine, Don August and Larry Hisle to get their impressions on the event and the fan support. Check it out:
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Thanks to all the fans who came out to Miller Park today and for those of you who purchased tickets today- 101,000 tickets were sold, tied for secobd-highest sold in a single day in team history. View more photos from today’s event here.
Nearly 50 Milwaukee Brewers players plus a host of alumni, coaches, front office executives and broadcasters are scheduled to participate in Brewers On Deck, which is set to take place on Sunday, January 25 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the Wisconsin Center.
Advance tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for children 14 and under. Tickets on the day of the event are $20 for adults and $15 for children 14 and under. A portion of the proceeds from Brewers On Deck will benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Tickets may be purchased at the Miller Park ticket office, by calling the Brewers ticket office at 414-902-4000, or online at brewers.com/ondeck.
This year the event will feature a community book drive that will help support Next Door’s Books for Kids program. The goal of the Books for Kids campaign is to help all children in Milwaukee’s central city, regardless of their family income or education levels, have books they can call their own. Local author Marla McKenna will help host the event. Fans are encouraged to bring new or gently used children’s books to donate. In appreciation for their contribution, fans who donate a book will receive a free copy of McKenna’s newest publication, “Mom’s Big Catch,” a story based upon events that took place at Miller Park.
Once again food donations will be accepted through Hunger Task Force. Donations can be dropped off at two main entrances to the Wisconsin Center, located at 4th Street and Wisconsin Avenue, and 4th Street and Wells Street.
Players, coaches and alumni scheduled to attend include (all subject to change):
|Michael Blazek||Hector Gomez||Gerardo Parra||Darnell Coles||Jerry Augustine|
|Ryan Braun||Brooks Hall||Wily Peralta||Joe Crawford||Cecil Cooper|
|Juan Centeno||Jim Henderson||Shane Peterson||Matt Erickson||Craig Counsell|
|Matt Clark||Jeremy Jeffress||Jason Rogers||Mike Guerrero||Rob Deer|
|Clint Coulter||Taylor Jungmann||Logan Schafer||Marcus Hanel||Jim Gantner|
|Khris Davis||Brandon Kintzler||Will Smith||Rick Kranitz||Larry Hisle|
|Mike Fiers||Kyle Lohse||Michael Strong||Jerry Narron|
|Yovani Gallardo||Adam Lind||Tyler Thornburg||Ron Roenicke|
|Scooter Gennett||Jonathan Lucroy||Rob Wooten||Ed Sedar|
|David Goforth||Hunter Morris||John Shelby|
|Carlos Gomez||Jimmy Nelson||Lee Tunnell|
Brewers On Deck will feature a number of activities for the entire family. Autographs and photos from Brewers players, coaches and alumni; interactive games in the Kids Area; Q&A sessions and game shows with Brewers players, coaches and broadcasters; vendor booths with baseball memorabilia; Brewers Community Foundation’s Treasure Hunt, a 50/50 raffle, live auction and many other activities will all be a part of Brewers On Deck.
Details regarding autographs include the following: Recipients of “PREMIER” autographs (players to be announced next week) will be chosen through a random selection process. Each fan in attendance will receive one Premier Entry sheet which may be redeemed at the Random Selection area outside the Main Exhibit Hall of the Wisconsin Center District. The Premier Entry sheet will be exchanged for a numbered coupon to be entered into the random selection process for any one of the select Brewers players. Coupon distribution will be available at 8 a.m. the day of the event and will continue up to an hour before each designated autograph session. There is no cost for coupons to enter the random selection process; however, those holding winning coupons must pay $10 at the respective autograph stage to collect their player signature. There will be 250 winners for each of the autograph sessions. The winning ticket numbers will be posted at the designated autograph stage no less than 30 minutes prior to each player’s session.
Players and staff not included in the PREMIER autograph list will not use the random selection process. Each of these players will sign 250 autographs at prices ranging from free to $10. A schedule of players, their session times, and distribution info will be posted next week. The autograph opportunities are for signatures on photo cards provided by the team; the Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia. For additional information, visit Brewers.com/ondeck.
Autograph proceeds benefit Brewers Community Foundation. Please note that cash is the only acceptable form of payment for autographs. The Brewers cannot guarantee that any player will sign other memorabilia, and personalization of items is solely up to the discretion of each player.
A detailed schedule of all Brewers On Deck events will be released next week.
Yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Tournament at the beautiful Irish Course at Whistling Straits in Kohler, Wisconsin.
This was the sixth year of Davey’s tournament, but just the second at the Irish Course (in previous years, it’s been played at Blackwolf Run).
Upon check-in, participants were provided with assorted goodies, including a pullover, duffel bag and umbrella (which fortunately we didn’t need out there on the course!)
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 personnel and alumni players: Craig Counsell, Robin Yount, Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Jay Aldrich, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Paul Wagner, Mike Caldwell, Scott Podsednik, Greg Vaughn, Wes Obermueller, Brady Clark, and Willie Mueller; Randall McDaniel, Former NFL player; Greg Matzek, radio personality; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player; and Craig Coshun, sideline reporter for Fox Sports Wisconsin.
It was fun to mix and mingle with everyone, including having the opportunity to catch up with Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark:
My group consisted of our celebrity, Greg Meyer, a NFL referee and longtime friend of Davey’s and Mike, Dan and Joe Stanislawski, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 8, a par five. We got off to a great start with a birdie, but we never really got into a great rhythm after that. Aside from a couple that Greg sank for us, it was one of those days where the putts just wouldn’t drop.
But, we had a ton of fun, which is the most important thing! We finished the day at -3 (69), 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. Someone even had a hole-in-one on one of the par-3’s!
We didn’t mind at all because despite an early threat of rain (and a downpour on the way home!), 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, followed by 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.
My boss, Tyler Barnes, VP of Communications, was on hand to speak about his personal experience at Open Arms as he and his family had visited South Africa over the holidays.
The entire presentation was very touching and moving 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!
Leading up to our special Brewers Wall of Honor dedication ceremony this Friday, Jerry Augustine and Ken Sanders spoke about what this recognition means to them:
Tickets for this Friday’s game vs. the Reds are still available, so don’t miss your chance to be among the first to see the Wall of Honor and view the special pregame ceremony featuring many of the inductees, including Hank Aaron, Robin Yount and more.
And, starting tomorrow, join us on our social media sites for #ThrowbackThursday and #FlashbackFriday as we honor these honorees. We had a ton of fun digging in the archive for photos and we hope you enjoy them! Participate by sharing your own photos and stories using #BrewersWOH on Instagram and Twitter.
This afternoon, we unveiled the new Bob Uecker statue at Miller Park in a ceremony open to special guests. Unlike the statues that surround Miller Park’s Home Plate Plaza, this statue is in the last row—yes, the last row of the Terrace Level at Miller Park.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony, emceed by Bill Schroeder, were Bob’s family, Jerry Augustine, Jim Gantner, Gorman Thomas, Ken Sanders, Rollie Fingers, Robin Yount, current Brewers coaches and players, former broadcasting partners and Brewers front office staff.
Rollie and Robin both spoke at the event and, thanks to Gino Salomone, movie critic from FOX 6, a few of Bob’s friends from Hollywood sent along their well wishes.
Watch messages from Ty Burrell, Morgan Freeman, Don Rickles, Jason Bateman, Kevin Costner, and Arnold Schwarzenegger:
The statue pays tribute to the popular Miller Lite “All Stars” ad campaign which featured Uecker’s famous tagline, “I must be in the front row.” In those commercials, Uecker somehow always ended up in the last row—as will this statue. The statue sits atop the Uecker Seats in Miller Park’s Terrace Level (Section 422). It features an open seat next to it allowing for a perfect photo opportunity.
Starting with the Brewers vs. Cubs series at Miller Park this weekend, be sure to stop up, take your photo and tweet it and/or Instagram it using #IMustBeInTheFrontRow and we’ll collect & share our favorites across our social media sites.
Prior to tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game against the Chicago Cubs at Miller Park, a presentation will be made on the field honoring Uecker and showcasing the statue.
The statue was designed by Brian Maughan, the artist of the four statues outside Miller Park on the Home Plate Plaza—Hank Aaron, Allan H. “Bud” Selig, Robin Yount and Uecker.
- John and Cait
For the past four years, Jason Hartlund, Tai Pauls and the Brewers Enterprises team has organized a unique, one-of-a-kind trip to Spring Training with the Brewers Road Crew.
This year, I was fortunate to be down here in Arizona and socialize with some of the folks taking part in the 5th Annual Brewers Road Crew Spring Training Trip.
As part of the experience, these fans got to take in the Brewers vs. Padres game yesterday at Peoria, and also enjoy two games here at our Spring Training home, Maryvale Baseball Park.
The trip includes roundtrip airfare, a four-night stay at the Hilton Embassy Suites (Biltmore), and numerous special receptions and tailgate parties, like the one I attended before today’s Brewers vs. Diamondbacks game.
The trip brings travelers face-to-face with members of the Brewers broadcast team, members of the Baseball Operations staff, and even former Brewers players and coaches. For example, at today’s event, I spotted Jerry Augustine, Ken Sanders, Jim Gantner, Bill Schroeder, Brian Anderson, Sophia Minnaert, and Minor Leaguers Eric Marzec, Kyle Heckathorn, Damien Magnifico and Jacob Barnes.
I had the chance to talk to veterans on the trip–people who have traveled with the Brewers Road Crew since year one–and rookies–those joining the fun for the first time.
Phil and Brian Bauza, father and son, are a couple of the veterans.
Here, Brian explains what he enjoys about the trip:
Tony Aurit from Dodgeville, Wisconsin, booked the trip for the first time this year. “We get a 4-Pack every year and got the information on the trip in our package. We’ve never even been to Arizona before and this is great, just like I was hoping it would be. We will be back.”
George House from Glenwood City, Wisconsin, shown below with Jerry Augustine and Ken Sanders, told me, “This tailgate is the highlight so far, to be this close to the guys. I’m loving it and having fun. It’s exceeding my expectations by far. And this weather gives us hope that it can be warm, sunny and nice again in Milwaukee. Baseball is coming!
New Brewers pitcher Matt Garza even made a surprise appearance (literally!) as he photo bombed this photo of Jerry Augustine with Sara and Denny Marx from Madison, Wisconsin. They have been to Spring Training twice before, but this is their first year with the Brewers Road Crew. What a great souvenir.
It seemed to me like everyone was having a great time and the group just keeps on growing. Hopefully next year, you’ll join them. I can’t wait to see you in AZ!
Plus, as an added bonus, fans on the trip receive a ticket to Opening Day at Miller Park as the Brewers take on the Atlanta Braves–looks like we’ll #SeeUMarch31!
Today, we, along with FOX Sports Wisconsin, announced a 150-game television schedule for the 2014 season. FOX Sports Wisconsin will serve as the exclusive local television home for the Milwaukee Brewers. Select Brewers games also will be televised nationally on FOX Sports and FOX Sports 1.
FOX Sports Wisconsin’s regular season coverage begins Monday, March 31, with the Brewers’ home opener against Atlanta — the first of seven televised games against the Braves.
Other highlights from the 2014 schedule include: eighteen games against the division rival Chicago Cubs, a pair of home-and-home series with the Minnesota Twins scheduled for June 2-5, and three games against the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.
Brian Anderson will continue to serve as the primary play-by-play announcer with newcomer Matt Lepay joining analyst Bill Schroeder in the broadcast booth for select telecasts. Craig Coshun also will serve as play-by-play announcer for select telecasts late in the season while continuing his role as the main host for Brewers Live pre and postgame shows. Brewers Live airs before and after Brewers telecasts with Jeff Grayson, Telly Hughes and Sophia Minnaert reporting as well as analysis from former first base coach Davey Nelson and former Brewer Jerry Augustine.
FOX Sports Wisconsin also will televise a total of fourteen Brewers home spring training games in 2014. For the complete schedule, click here.
All games are broadcast in high definition.
2014 Milwaukee Brewers Broadcast Schedule
Date Day Opponent Time
Mar. 31 Monday Atlanta 1:00 PM
Apr. 1 Tuesday Atlanta 7:00 PM
Apr. 2 Wednesday Atlanta 12:00 PM
Apr. 4 Friday at Boston 1:00 PM
Apr. 5 Saturday at Boston 6:00 PM
Apr. 6 Sunday at Boston 12:30 PM
Apr. 7 Monday at Philadelphia 2:00 PM*
Apr. 9 Wednesday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM
Apr. 10 Thursday at Philadelphia 6:00 PM
Apr. 11 Friday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Apr. 12 Saturday Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 13 Sunday Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Apr. 14 Monday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 15 Tuesday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 17 Thursday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 18 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 19 Saturday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Apr. 20 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
Apr. 21 Monday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 22 Tuesday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 23 Wednesday San Diego 7:00 PM
Apr. 25 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Apr. 26 Saturday Chicago Cubs 6:00 PM
Apr. 27 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
Apr. 28 Monday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 29 Tuesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Apr. 30 Wednesday at St. Louis 12:30 PM*
May 1 Thursday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 2 Friday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 3 Saturday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
May 4 Sunday at Cincinnati 3:00 PM
May 5 Monday Arizona 7:00 PM
May 6 Tuesday Arizona 7:00 PM
May 9 Friday N.Y. Yankees 7:00 PM
May 10 Saturday N.Y. Yankees 6:00 PM
May 11 Sunday N.Y. Yankees 1:00 PM
May 13 Tuesday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
May 14 Wednesday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
May 16 Friday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM*
May 17 Saturday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
May 18 Sunday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
May 19 Monday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 20 Tuesday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 21 Wednesday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 22 Thursday at Atlanta 6:00 PM
May 23 Friday at Miami 6:00 PM
May 24 Saturday at Miami 3:00 PM
May 25 Sunday at Miami 12:00 PM
May 26 Monday Baltimore 1:00 PM*
May 27 Tuesday Baltimore 7:00 PM
May 28 Wednesday Baltimore 7:00 PM
May 30 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
May 31 Saturday Chicago Cubs 3:00 PM 26
June 1 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
June 2 Monday Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 3 Tuesday Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 4 Wednesday at Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 5 Thursday at Minnesota 7:00 PM
June 6 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
June 7 Saturday at Pittsburgh 3:00 PM
June 8 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
June 10 Tuesday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 11 Wednesday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 12 Thursday at N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
June 13 Friday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
June 14 Saturday Cincinnati 6:00 PM (FOX)
June 15 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 PM
June 16 Monday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 17 Tuesday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 18 Wednesday at Arizona 8:30 PM
June 19 Thursday at Arizona 2:30 PM*
June 20 Friday at Colorado 7:30 PM
June 21 Saturday at Colorado 3:00 PM
June 22 Sunday at Colorado 3:00 PM
June 23 Monday Washington 7:00 PM*
June 24 Tuesday Washington 7:00 PM
June 26 Thursday Colorado 7:00 PM
June 27 Friday Colorado 7:00 PM
June 28 Saturday Colorado 3:00 PM
June 29 Sunday Colorado 1:00 PM
July 1 Tuesday at Toronto 12:00 PM*
July 2 Wednesday at Toronto 11:30 AM*
July 4 Friday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
July 5 Saturday at Cincinnati 3:00 PM
July 6 Sunday at Cincinnati 12:00 PM
July 7 Monday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 8 Tuesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 9 Wednesday Philadelphia 7:00 PM
July 11 Friday St. Louis 7:00 PM
July 12 Saturday St. Louis 3:00 PM (FS1)
July 13 Sunday St. Louis 1:00 PM
July 18 Friday at Washington 6:00 PM
July 19 Saturday at Washington 6:00 PM
July 20 Sunday at Washington 12:30 PM
July 21 Monday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
July 22 Tuesday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
July 24 Thursday N.Y. Mets 7:00 PM
July 25 Friday N.Y. Mets 7:00 PM
July 26 Saturday N.Y. Mets 6:00 PM
July 27 Sunday N.Y. Mets 1:00 PM
July 28 Monday at Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
July 29 Tuesday at Tampa Bay 6:00 PM
July 30 Wednesday at Tampa Bay 11:00 AM
Aug. 1 Friday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Aug. 2 Saturday at St. Louis 6:00 PM
Aug. 3 Sunday at St. Louis 1:00 PM
Aug. 5 Tuesday San Francisco 7:00 PM
Aug. 6 Wednesday San Francisco 7:00 PM
Aug. 8 Friday L.A. Dodgers 7:00 PM
Aug. 9 Saturday L.A. Dodgers 6:00 PM
Aug. 10 Sunday L.A. Dodgers 1:00 PM
Aug. 11 Monday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 12 Tuesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 13 Wednesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Aug. 15 Friday at L.A. Dodgers 9:00 PM
Aug. 16 Saturday at L.A. Dodgers 8:00 PM
Aug. 17 Sunday at L.A. Dodgers 3:00 PM
Aug. 19 Tuesday Toronto 7:00 PM
Aug. 22 Friday Pittsburgh 7:00 PM
Aug. 23 Saturday Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Aug. 24 Sunday Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
Aug. 25 Monday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 26 Tuesday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 27 Wednesday at San Diego 9:00 PM
Aug. 29 Friday at San Francisco 9:00 PM
Aug. 30 Saturday at San Francisco 8:00 PM
Aug. 31 Sunday at San Francisco 3:00 PM
Sept. 1 Monday at Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM*
Sept. 2 Tuesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 3 Wednesday at Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 4 Thursday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 5 Friday St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 6 Saturday St. Louis 6:00 PM
Sept. 7 Sunday St. Louis 1:00 PM
Sept. 8 Monday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 9 Tuesday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 10 Wednesday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 11 Thursday Miami 7:00 PM
Sept. 12 Friday Cincinnati 7:00 PM
Sept. 13 Saturday Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 14 Sunday Cincinnati 1:00 PM
Sept. 16 Tuesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 17 Wednesday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 18 Thursday at St. Louis 7:00 PM
Sept. 19 Friday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Sept. 20 Saturday at Pittsburgh 6:00 PM
Sept. 21 Sunday at Pittsburgh 12:30 PM
Sept. 23 Tuesday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 24 Wednesday at Cincinnati 6:00 PM
Sept. 26 Friday Chicago Cubs 7:00 PM
Sept. 27 Saturday Chicago Cubs 6:00 PM
Sept. 28 Sunday Chicago Cubs 1:00 PM
*Denotes weekday day games that will be replayed in primetime
FS1: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports 1
FOX: Game televised nationally on FOX Sports
All Times Central
Schedule Subject to Change
-John and Cait
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The Brewers are back from a long road trip and that means Brewers Community Foundation Week kicks off at Miller Park tonight!
The Brewers are set to face the Reds tonight to start a four-game set and fans will have the opportunity to take a photograph with various Brewers alumni starting when the gates open until 7:45 pm. Photos will be available for $10 per person, per session (for example you can take photos with all eight alumni in the four separate sessions for $40), at the BCF Week tables on the Field Level concourse next to Guest Relations (outside section 116). Fans will need to provide their own camera for their photos. The schedule of alumni is as follows (subject to change):
5:45 – 6:15 p.m.
Paul Wagner and Ken Sanders
6:15 – 6:45 p.m.
Craig Counsell and Larry Hisle
6:45 – 7:15 p.m.
Gorman Thomas and Jim Gantner
7:15 – 7:45 p.m.
Jerry Augustine and Dave Nelson
Don’t forget, the Ultimate Auction is open for bidding all week. Check it out for some wonderful, one-of-a-kind opportunities!
Two weeks ago, I previewed the Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic at Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin and yesterday, I was fortunate enough to play in it.
This was the fourth year of Davey’s tournament and it’s been held at Blackwolf since it’s inception. I was especially excited to be playing the course this year, as the Original Championship Course is the site of the 2012 Women’s U.S. Open (July 2-8).
Indeed, when I arrived at the course, you could see signs of preparations for the Open, from trailers in the parking lots and tents set up around to the property to bleacher structures in the making and merchandise in the pro shop.
Blackwolf Run has two 18-hole courses and for Davey’s tournament, we played the Meadow Valleys course. [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 we were on the back nine at Davey’s tournament, we were playing a U.S. Open course!]
Upon check-in, participants were provided with a locker and inside, assorted goodies were waiting for us, including a polo shirt, cap, headcovers and golf balls.
Then, the morning started off with a golf clinic led by American Club golf pros 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 former Brewers players Jay Aldrich, Jerry Augustine, Sal Bando (also a Brewers GM), Jim Gantner, Pete Ladd, Damian Miller, Willie Mueller (who was also in the movie Major League as “Duke”), Ken Sanders, Gorman Thomas, Greg Vaughn, Paul Wagner and Robin Yount; former UW-Badgers, Derek Engler, Tyler Donovan and Tarek Saleh; Evan Fitzgerald, CBS-58 Sports Anchor; Bruce Froemming, former MLB Umpire; Jason Grimsley, former MLB pitcher; Greg Matzek and Bill Michaels, radio personalities; Greg Meyer, NFL Referee; and Tony Smith, a former Milwaukee Bucks player and current FSWisconsin broadcaster.
My group consisted of Cecelia Gore, Executive Director of Brewers Community Foundation; Fred and Leo, friends of Davey’s from Florida; and our celebrity, former Brewers relief pitcher, Jay Aldrich. Drafted by the Brewers in 1982, Aldrich played for the team in 1987 and 1989; he also played for the Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles in his career. He currently resides in the Milwaukee area and, thankfully for our team, is an avid golfer.
The tournament was a shotgun start, so our group began on hole 7, a par five, which we promptly eagled. We got off to a really hot start in our round and, with the exception of one bogey, never really looked back.
We had a ton of fun in our group and each member contributed equally, playing to his or her strength. For example, Cecelia made at least three putts for us that were outside of 10-feet. My claim to fame is a (75% of the time) long, straight drive, which, being female, I get to hit from the Ladies’ tees, a considerable advantage on a course like Blackwolf Run. With Fred and Leo being from Florida, they get to play lots of golf, so they had lots of clutch shots; however, I would say Jay was definitely the “pro” in our group.
We finished the day at -8, 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! (PS-Any ringers, please ask to be put in my group!)
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
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.