PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. -- Fifteen local charities that benefit from THE PLAYERS Championship recently gathered to participate in a charity shootout on the 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass. Each charity selected a celebrity or representative to hit two consecutive shots at the famous island green (137 yards), with the person who ended up closest to the pin earning a $10,000 donation for the charity. The North Florida Junior Golf Foundation, represented by PGA TOUR pro and local resident Jeff Klauk, was the shootout's winner after Klauk's ball landed just 2 feet, 3 inches from the pin.
(Photo attached, left to right: Bill Hughes, General Manager of TPC Sawgrass; Boots Farley, Tournament Director of North Florida Junior Golf Foundation; Jeff Klauk; Matt Rapp, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS. Additional photos available upon request.)
"Jeff Klauk was randomly selected to hit first in the competition, and his first shot landed about 9 feet from the hole," said Matt Rapp, Executive Director of THE PLAYERS. "Everyone thought it was a spectacular shot and that it would be hard to beat -- until his second attempt landed even closer. At that point, the other contestants started joking that it was time to pack up and go home. Regardless, it was a lot of fun for all involved - a great event for a great cause."
The friendly competition continued, but no other contestant could top Klauk's impressive shot. The final standings for the remainder of shootout are as follows:
St. Vincents HealthCare Foundation represented by Clint Avret, Head Pro Timuquana -- 7 feet, 2 inches
The First Tee of Jacksonville represented by Major Forbess, former member of The First Tee and a graduate of UNF -- 8 feet, 3 inches
Take Stock in Children represented by Jason Wade -- 11 feet, 9 inches
Big Brothers Big Sisters represented by Jonas Blixt, PGA TOUR Rookie -- 11 feet, 11 inches
The Arc of the St. John's represented by Carey Splane, Director of Golf at Marsh Creek CC -- 12 feet, 4 inches
Wolfson Children's Hospital represented by Josh Scobee, Jacksonville Jaguars -- 13 feet, 5 inches
The Boselli Foundation represented by Tony Boselli -- 14 feet, 10 inches
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation represented by Vijay Singh, PGA TOUR -- 15 feet
Junior Achievement represented by Hamilton Wheeler, NGA Tour -- 28 feet, 8 inches
The MaliVai Washington Kids Foundation represented by MaliVai Washington -- 31 feet, 11 inches
Tom Coughlin Jay Fund represented by Curtis Dvorak, VP of Mascot Operations for the Jacksonville Jaguars -- 36 feet, 11 inches
Teach for America represented by Russell Radel, 1st Asst Pro at Selva Marina -- 46 feet, 3 inches
Jacksonville Police Athletic League represented by Chase Baldwin, NGA Tour -- 54 feet, 4 inches
The First Tee of St. John's County represented by Brent Martineau, Action News Jax -- N/A (Ball landed in the water on both shots)
Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville and Wolfson Children's Hospital mascot Wolfie were also on hand for a special mascot shootout. Jaxson teed up first and successfully landed a shot on the green with impressive form. Feeling the pressure, Wolfie decided he was not quite ready to compete with the pros, so Wolfson president Michael Aubin stepped in to take his shot. Both mascots walked away as winners for giving their best in helping to support THE PLAYERS charitable efforts.
All charities selected to participate in the Charity Shootout are youth-related organizations along the First Coast, furthering THE PLAYERS commitment to support and elevate education, character development and wellness of Northeast Florida's children.
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- Jeff Klauk
- PGA TOUR
- TPC Sawgrass
- Jacksonville Jaguars