March 13, 2013 marked Junior Achievement’s 28th Annual Vistakon North Florida Golf Classic. Abundant sunshine and comfortable late-winter weather made for a beautiful day at the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course.
Overall Junior Achievement of North Florida netted $150,000 from the tournament. These funds will cover the entire annual cost of the JA program materials used by volunteers in the classroom. Volunteers use the materials to teach for one hour per week for five to eight weeks in K-12 classrooms throughout North Florida.
The day kicked off with brunch in the Ponte Vedra Room of the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse overlooking Hole No. 18. Golfers received their tournament golf shirts, enjoyed a delicious brunch and were treated to massages before heading off to the driving range and practice green.
When 12:30 rolled around, the sound of bagpipes played by Bill Sloan sent the foursomes off to their tees. This is truly a special event as one hundred twenty-four golfers came out to play one of the premier golf courses in the world, to support Junior Achievement and its impact on thousands of young people.
Bill Hughes, MPGA General Manager, TPC Sawgrass offered this statement: “There are few organizations that impact the lives of more than 4.2 million U.S. students in more than 183,000 classrooms in a given year. There are even fewer organizations that provide our youth programs to foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy skills, all vital learning in developing the future business leaders of tomorrow. The TPC Sawgrass and PGA TOUR support these initiatives and applaud JA and their 187,000 volunteers in making a difference in the lives of so many!”
An evening reception and awards ceremony offered hors d’oeuvres and an open bar to enjoy. Special recognition was given to Ken Weber of Vistakon, for his important contribution to the fundraising success of the tournament. Golf-themed artwork created by Greenfield Elementary students served as framed trophies for the 1st Place Low Gross Team and the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place Low Net Teams. Michael Mountan received an autographed Phil Mickelson painting for winning a putting contest.
The funds raised from this tournament play a large role in JA’s continued success in educating young people. Junior Achievement would like to thank the following sponsors: Vistakon, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc., THE PLAYERS, Florida Rock & Tank Lines, The Business Journal, Stronghaven Inc., Champion, Coca-Cola, Brumos Motor Cars, Underwood Jewelers, and Massage Envy.
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