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Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf 'Media Day Challenge' nets over $3,000 for Savannah charities

March 21, 2013

By Mark Williams, PGA TOUR Staff

Winning team members (from left) Eddie Ambrose, Ken Slats and Tim Adams

SAVANNAH, Ga.- Volunteers are integral to the success of any professional golf tournament, no matter which Tour operates the event. However, Champions Tour volunteers may be the most skillful golfers of the group following the recent kick-off to media day for the 2013 Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf.

On the first day of spring in 2013, a fresh initiative was introduced to benefit local Savannah charities. A skills challenge was held at the Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort & Spa featuring four teams of three players vying for the chance to contribute money to charities of their choice.

The four teams each consisted of one representative from Savannah’s prominent media outlets, one representative from their selected charitable organizations along with a long-serving tournament volunteer with each group.

  • Dennis Knight, Savannah Morning News
    Benefitting charity: Rebuilding Together Savannah
    Rebuilding Together provides critical repairs, accessibility modifications and energy efficient upgrades to low-income homes and community centers at no cost to service recipients.

  • Tim Guidera, WTOC-TV
    Benefitting charity: The First Tee of Savannah
    The First Tee of Savannah provides young people with character building and life skills lessons using golf as the platform. Through The First Tee, young people discover how skills essential to success on the golf course can also help them flourish in life.
  • Ken Slats, WSAV-TV
    Benefitting charity: Park Place Outreach Youth Shelter

    Park Place Outreach Youth Shelter provides services to at-risk youth and their families, increase their functional level, and reunify families wherever possible.
  • Frank Sulkowski, WJCL-TV
    Benefitting charity: Special Olympics Georgia

    Special Olympics Georgia is the first – and still the only – organization to offer training and competition for people with intellectual difficulties

A clear, brisk Wednesday morning greeted the teams who participated in three skills disciplines – tee shots from No. 10 tee to establish the team with the longest drive, challenging shots from behind a bunker on No. 18 with the goal of finishing nearest to the flagstick and putts on the practice putting green to determine the team with the most accurate putting skills.

Each team scored points depending on their performances in each discipline – four points for 1st place, three for 2nd, two for 3rd and a single point for 4th place.

Tim Adams, Vice Chairman of Volunteers at the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf tournament, was the star of the long drive challenge, earning four points for his Park Place Outreach team as the only one of the 12 participants to find the fairway with a 171-yard shot down the middle.

Lee Cassady, another tournament volunteer playing on the Special Olympics of Georgia team, pitched to within four feet of the flagstick on the 18th hole to gain top points in the second discipline.

Rex Cress, also a tournament volunteer representing the Rebuilding Together team, won the putting competition by almost holing the right-to-left, 50-foot putt on the undulating practice green and finishing 16 inches away from the cup.

After the points were tabulated at the conclusion of the three disciplines, the Park Place Outreach team, represented by WSAV personality Ken Slats, Park Place fundraiser Eddie Ambrose, and volunteer Tim Adams, were victorious with nine points. The Park Place Outreach Youth Shelter, an organization that assists abused children, received a $1,000 donation as winners while the remaining organizations, who all tied for second place with seven points, benefited to the tune of $750 each.

“It was a fun way to raise some money and gain awareness for these wonderful charities that participated today,” said Ambrose, a Merrill Lynch employee who volunteers as a fundraiser for Park Place. “It was a good result for me and a good result for Park Place Outreach and I’m proud to have contributed, but it was mostly due to Tim for getting that drive in the fairway at the beginning.”

Following the skills challenge, the media day continued with a specially-recorded message from defending champions Michael Allen and David Frost, who were bogey-free in winning the team event last year. Frost had posted his fourth career Champions Tour victory just three days earlier, at the Toshiba Classic in California, to take a 48-point lead in the season-long Charles Schwab Cup competition. Coincidentally, the Charles Schwab Cup trophy was on display during media day in Savannah.

Tournament Officials also announced several field updates including World Golf Hall of Fame members Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player as participants in the Demaret Division (over age 70), rookies Rocco Mediate and Steve Elkington set to make their debut as a team in Savannah, award-winning country band Lonestar as the main attraction at the on-site Friday concert, along with other information about the tournament on April 22-28, 2013.

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