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6th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Hit Again!

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.

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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:

Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark catch up at the Davey Nelson Golf Tournament.

Scott Podsednik and Brady Clark catch up at the Davey Nelson Golf Tournament.

 

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.

L-R: Greg, Michael, Dan, Joe and Cait

L-R: Greg, Michael, Dan, Joe and Cait

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.

My drives were decent yesterday, but my short game and putting left much to be desired--sorry team!

My drives were decent yesterday, but my short game and putting left much to be desired–sorry team!

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!

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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.

Looks like brat is going to put in a bid on one of the prizes!

Looks like brat is going to put in a bid on one of the prizes!

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.

Tyler tells of us of his life-changing trip to Open Arms.

Tyler tells of us of his life-changing trip to Open Arms.

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!

-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

Augustine & Sanders Speak About the Brewers Wall of Honor

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. 

For details, click here.

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.

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

Bob Uecker Statue in the “Last Row” Dedicated This Afternoon

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.

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

Photo: Scott Paulus/Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

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.

We must be in the front row!

We must be in the front row!

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

JohnandCait@Brewers.com

Hanging Out With the Brewers Road Crew in Arizona

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.

Phil and Brian Bauza

Phil and Brian Bauza, a father-son duo, have joined the Brewers Road Crew on the trip to Arizona for the past five years.

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.”

Alexa Hoffman, a first time attendee from Milwaukee, poses with the Minor League attendees at the event.

Alexa Hoffman, a first time attendee from Milwaukee, poses with the Minor League attendees at the event.

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!

Jerry Augustine and Ken sanders pose with George House, a first-time member of the Brewers Road Crew.

Jerry Augustine and Ken sanders pose with George House, a first-time member of the Brewers Road Crew.

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.

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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!

The Brewers Road Crew poses for a group photo.

The Brewers Road Crew poses for a group photo.

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!

-Cait

JohnandCait@brewers.com

FOX Sports Wisconsin and Milwaukee Brewers Announce 2014 Telecast Schedule

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

JohnandCait@brewers.com

FOX Sports Wisconsin reaches more than 1.5 million homes and telecasts nearly 2,600 hours of locally produced programming per year. For more information on the Emmy Award-winning regional sports network, visit: FOXSportsWisconsin.com.

Brewers Community Foundation Week Activities for Today – Alumni Photos

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!

–JOHN

johnandcait@brewers.com

4th Annual Davey Nelson Celebrity Golf Classic a Swinging Success

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.

Our fearsome fivesome with the man of the day. L-R: Jay, Leo, Fred, Davey, Cecelia and me.

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!)

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-Cait

johnandcait@Brewers.com

 

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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