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Cadillac V-Series Challenge for Charity hosts golfers at Homestead Speedway

March 7, 2013

                                                                                                             Photos: Stan Badz/PGA TOUR

DORAL, Fla.– In advance of the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship, some of the best players in the world visited Homestead-Miami speedway yesterday to participate in the second-annual Cadillac V Series Challenge for Charity. The Challenge was a three-part competition in Cadillac performance V-Series automobiles to benefit two local charities: The First Tee Miami and Driving for a Cause.

Both media and players were randomly assigned to one of the charities and earned points as they competed in three separate challenges. The events consisted of a straight-line start and stop competition, a slalom course and a lead-follow lap through a custom course set up at the track.

Sam Dangremond of “Town & Country Magazine” recorded the best score while representing The First Tee Miami, earning a $12,000 donation to the local First Tee chapter.

Of the players, South African Louis Oosthuizen recorded the best score. For finishing runner-up, the Driving for a Cause Foundation received $8,000.

Players and other notables who participated and where they ranked overall:

Rank Name Score
3          Louis Oosthuizen                   35
5          Charl Schwartzel                   34.7
8          Holly Sonders (Golf Channel)       33.6
9          John Huh                           33.4
12         Sybi Kuchar (Matt Kuchar’s wife)   32.9
18         Bill Haas                          32.5
20         Matt Kuchar                        32.3
21         Vanessa Trump                      32.1
23         Rafael Cabrera-Bello               32
24         Michael Thompson                   31.8
26         James Huh                          31.7
30         Bo Van Pelt                        31.2
30         Rickie Fowler                      31.2
32         David Lynn                         30.9
33         Donald Trump Jr.                   30.8
35         Richard Sterne                     30.7
37         Branden Grace                      30.5
39         George Coetzee                     28.7
40         Peter Hanson                       28.5


 “It’s a great relationship,” said last week’s PGA TOUR winner Michael Thompson, who is making his first start in a World Golf Championships event today. “Cadillac is very classy and has great style and it’s great that they can do this.”

“Having PGA TOUR players take on performance challenges in our Cadillac V Series CTS Coupes is outstanding,” said Don Butler, vice president marketing, Cadillac. “The competition revolved around agility, precision and speed, but the best part of the day was that we supported two very worthy South Florida charities.”

Players and media also had the opportunity to ride the track with Cadillac professional driver Andy Pilgrim in the Cadillac race car. “Racing and golf are two different animals,” Rickie Fowler shared after his turn on the track, “But in both, you need to be in the moment and focused and not get overwhelmed by the adrenaline."

Bo Van Pelt said after his experience, “It makes me want to buy one of those. But I don't think they would let me drag race like that in Oklahoma.”

The players are switching gears today as the Cadillac Championship kicks off at TPC Blue Monster at Trump Doral. The second World Golf Championships event of the season hosts a collection of the best golfers from across the globe in one of the strongest fields of the year. Trump Doral has been host of the PGA TOUR for more than 50 years.


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