The following news was just announced by Callaway Golf and Golf Town:
– Callaway PGA Tour Stars Ernie Els and JJ Henry Headline 2009 Golf Town Invitational –
(TORONTO) “ Golf Town has annonced the 2009 Golf Town Invitational charity tournament will be headlined by Callaway PGA Tour stars Ernie Els and JJ Henry at Toronto`s Magna Golf Club on Monday, August 31.
Benefiting the McEwen Centre for Regenerative Medicine “ home to one of the world`s largest concentrations of stem cell researchers “ the 2009 Golf Town Invitational will raise funds for its groundbreaking research toward the treatment and cure of diabetes. The event is limited to 20 foursomes and more information is available at www.golftown.com/gti.
Å“Over the past two years the Golf Town Invitational has become one of the highest profile annual golf events in Canada, and as Golf Town celebrates its 10th anniversary, we`re proud to continue our practice of charitable giving, said Stephen Bebis, President and CEO of Golf Town. Å“This event not only supports tremendously worthy causes like the McEwen Centre, but also brings some of the game`s top players to the country and offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for passionate golfers to share an intimate day with them.
Bebis personally selected the McEwen Centre himself as the charities recipient after seeing first hand the work that they are doing.
Sponsored in part by U.S. Gold and Callaway Golf Canada, the event`s highlights will include participant pictures with the headlining professionals, a clinic conducted by Els and Henry, and a nine-hole exhibition match. The day will conclude with an 18-hole tournament in which participants will have the opportunity to hit a shot with one of the PGA Tour stars.
On a call to media, Henry talked extensively about the charitable initiatives of golf in general and some of the work he has done himself in his current home town of Ft. Worth, Texas and new England where he came from.
“I figured if ever I became a big name I would like to do something special,” said Henry. “After I won in 2006 and made the Ryder Cup team I started my own tournament where we bring down some tour players and raise money for a variety of causes related to kids including a Children’s Hostspital Teen Center and sports equipment for Kinder Frogs in Ft. Worth where they take care of kids with Down Syndrome.”
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to interact with Callaway Golf staff players Els and Henry, both PGA Tour winners and eith President Cup or Ryder Cup participants. Els is a three-time major championship winner (British and U.S. Open twice) who finished eighth earlier this month at the Open at Turnberry Resort in Scotland, shooting a 68 on the final day. Henry already has two top-five finishes on the PGA Tour this year.
Å“We are very excited to help Golf Town continue its tradition of bringing top level tour professionals to Canada for great charitable causes, commented Callaway Golf Canada Managing Director Scott Reid. Å“Both Ernie and JJ are not just elite-level golfers, but elite-level people as well. Ernie`s work with autistic youth has been well documented while JJ`s Henry House Foundation provides healthcare and well-being for families in Texas and southern New England.
Among the largest charitable givers in the Canadian golf industry, Golf Town has donated more than $2 million since opening its first store in 1999, including more than $1 million to the Prostate Cancer of Canada. Together, the Annual Golf Town Invitational and Golf Town Charity Classic raise hundreds of thousands of dollars each year donated to local charities across Canada.