“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” -Arnold Palmer
The 2018 Chevron/Pro Football Alumni Charity Golf Invitational was a tremendous success. The event was held at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Pennsylvania on Monday, July 16, 2018.
The day began with each golfer checking in to receive their gift package followed by a full breakfast on the terrace, driving range and putting greens prior to the start of the tournament. The $10,000 first prize package to Nemacolin Woodlands Resort had all one hundred and twenty-four golfers preparing their best golf game.
Aside from the luxury prizes the invitational was set to raise charitable funds for two amazing foundations; Special Olympics of Pennsylvania and Huddle Up for Kids. At the end of the day a spectacular $200,000 was raised in total.
The Allegheny Country Club is structured to challenge any golfer, whether beginner or professional, but the true social interaction and networking opportunities that exist through a game of golf are unmatched in any other sport. The joy of playing with a former Pro Football Alumni is priceless. This year’s alumnus in attendance for the event were Hall of Famers Mel Blount, Jack Ham, Randall McDaniel and Kellen Winslow as well as Rocky Belier, Robin Cole and Dwayne Woodruff.
The major highlight of the day was Justin Overstreet from Wildcat Oil Tools, winning $25,000 on hole number fifteen! The event uses a scramble format and offers some premium skill prizes that include everything from a $500 gift certificate from Capital Grille to a Rolex watch from Henne Jewelers.
The golf event was followed by the players’ reception/cocktail hour on the terrace where every golfer received a custom all-white football with both the Chevron and Pro Football Alumni logos and a Sharpie allowing them an opportunity to collect autographs from the events Pro Football Alumni guests.
Following the reception are the awards banquet, a three-course filet and shrimp dinner that includes a short agenda of speakers. Tim Spence, Special Olympics Pennsylvania Ambassador and Hall of Famer delivered an emotional speech on how the organization provided him and so many others joy, confidence, and fulfillment.
This year’s first prize winning team was MSA – The Safety Company, Nish Vartanian, Ken Krause, Dave McArthur and Merril Hoge was their pro football alumni celebrity captain.
It was a wonderful experience for all who attended. Hope to see you at the next tournament.