Jeff Klauk to host Athletes vs. Epilepsy $1 Million Shootout charity event on April 10
March 6, 2017
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.- Professional golfer Jeff Klauk and Perfect Golf Event will hold the first Athletes vs. Epilepsy $1 Million Shootout on Monday, April 10 – the day after the completion of the Masters Tournament at The Palencia Club near St. Augustine, Fla.
The unique format, organized by Perfect Golf Event, includes a course setup of nine regulation holes and nine par 3s, with each par 3 offering $10,000 for a hole in one. The nine players who are closest to the hole on the designated par 3s will qualify for a day-ending shootout where a hole in one earns $1 million. The payout includes $500,000 to the winning individual and $500,000 for the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida and Athletes vs. Epilepsy. If there is no hole in one in the shootout, the player closest to the hole wins $1,000.
Entry fee for the event is $400 per person, with teams assembled in fivesomes. There will also be a long-drive contest and a putting contest where if someone makes a 50-foot putt in the finale the prize is 2018 Masters Tournament badges. A group of professional golfers and athletes from other sports are expected to participate and will be announced later.
"Raising awareness and funding for epilepsy research is my passion,” Klauk said. “My life was changed by this disease, which affects three million Americans and 65 million people worldwide. Funding from government sources is much less than other diseases, so Perfect Golf Event is a great resource for organizing this event and other tournaments to raise money for causes close to people’s hearts.”
Klauk, 39, joined Perfect Golf Event in 2016 as the Manager of Tournaments and Events for the new digital platform designed for charitable and sponsored golf tournament organizers, enabling them to raise more money for their causes. Perfect Golf Event’s headquarters are located in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
“We are supportive and excited about Jeff’s efforts to grow awareness of epilepsy as a member of the Perfect Golf Event team with this event,” said Bruce Lucker, CEO of Perfect Golf Event. “In our first 22 months, the company has worked with thousands of tournaments and this is another cornerstone event where we can truly help make a difference. Jeff’s expertise and energy are continuing to make Perfect Golf Event the most robust digital platform for golf tournament organizers who focus on fundraising and special events.”
Klauk won twice in his professional career, at the 2003 Preferred Health Systems Wichita (Kan.) Open and the 2008 Melwood Prince George's County (Md.) Open on the Web.com Tour. He played four seasons on the PGA Tour, beginning in 2009 when he earned three fourth-place finishes and more than $1.2 million during his rookie season. He finished a career-best solo fourth at The Honda Classic that season. Additionally, Klauk was the 2000 NCAA Division II Championship medalist at Florida Southern, thereby earning the Arnold Palmer Award, and also played on the United States Palmer Cup team that summer in England – both named in honor of the late golf legend.
Klauk’s playing career was derailed by health issues. In April 2012, he underwent brain surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta to deal with the effects of epileptic seizures he first experienced in 2006. He played eight tournaments on the Web.com Tour in 2015.
Klauk grew up in Ponte Vedra Beach, where his father, Fred, was the longtime superintendent at TPC Sawgrass. Klauk and his family reside in nearby St. Augustine at Palencia, a master-planned community with an Arthur Hills-designed golf course. Palencia is located off of U.S. 1 just north of St. Augustine and sits just west of the Intracoastal Waterway (605 Palencia Club Dr., St. Augustine, Fla. 32095).
To learn more about the tournament, go to AthetesvsEpilepsyGolf.com.
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