Third annual Charley Hoffman Foundation Pro-Am a huge success
January 22, 2013
By Doug Milne, PGA TOUR staff
SAN DIEGO- The 2013 Farmers Insurance Open is still two days away from beginning, but Charley Hoffman has already learned a lot about the power of imagination and high hopes this week in his hometown of San Diego.
When the third annual Charley Hoffman Foundation Pro-Am at Torrey Pines was right around the corner, the two-time PGA TOUR winner had a lot of professional slots to fill. He sent text messages to 22 fellow TOUR players. His hope was that most would commit. All 22 did.
Hoffman also admitted he never imagined he’d live to see the day when $1 million was raised through the Charley Hoffman Foundation. This week, it was, at just over four years old.
Since the Foundation’s creation in 2009, five Pro-Ams (two in Las Vegas, three in San Diego) have now officially surpassed the million dollar mark in charitable donations. In San Diego, beneficiaries are the First Tee of San Diego, the San Diego Junior Golf Association - an organization by which Charley was groomed as a kid, and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
Hugged to the west by cliffs arching over the Pacific Ocean, breath-taking in power and serenity, a full-field teed it up at historic Torrey Pines (North Course) Monday.
“To have an event like this at Torrey Pines just elevates the caliber of this Foundation’s mission,” said Stacy Hoffman, wife of Charley and vice-president of communications for the PGA TOUR Wives Association. “For the PGA TOUR and Farmers to help make this happen at the site of a TOUR event that week makes it so much more special.”
As a child, Charley attended the Farmers Insurance Open, dreaming of one day being on the other side of the ropes. It was also as a young man when he watched his sister-in-law lose two siblings to cystic fibrosis. The seed to another dream was planted.
“Fighting cystic fibrosis is something very near and dear to my heart,” Charley said Monday. ”And thanks to research and advancements, the life expectancy of those with the disease is a lot better. People with CF are now living into their mid-30s and beyond. They have hope. They can live life and start a family. It’s so great to be a part of that.”
The son of a member of his Foundation’s board is also afflicted by the disease.
“We are so thankful for the PGA TOUR for helping us grow this Foundation,” he said. “To have that kind of platform is what has made this dream all possible.”
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