As the sun set on our third annual fundraising outing at The Bridge on Saturday evening, Executive Director Farrell Evans spoke about what made the place, the cause and the event unique.
“If you’ve played The Bridge, you know this is much more than a golf course,” he said, “and The Bridge Golf Foundation is about much more than golf.”
The Bridge combines world class golf with an eclectic art collection and awe-inspiring architecture. The Bridge Golf Foundation combines junior golf with STEM, character education and a mission to close the achievement gap for young men of color. Saturday’s event brought these unique entities together.
The day began at 10:30 with a tournament on the par-3 course featuring the young men in our program and our supporters. After lunch, twenty foursomes went off for a scramble on the main course. Some of our more seasoned junior players joined the adults, while other students took to the course to man the long-drive and closest-to-the pin competitions. Many of our students’ parents were also on hand, and some even got a lesson.
After golf, dinner and drinks, Teaching Pro Randy Taylor announced the par-3 results and our young men served as emcees to announce the adult winners and hand out prizes. The big winners were Toby Stern, Jon Stern, Jamie Magid and Jon Guenberg, who came in with a 59 to edge Bob Rubin, Mark Johnson, Morgan Trent and Mike Sweeney in a scorecard playoff.
Rubin, the founder of The Bridge and Co-Founder of our Foundation, also spoke on Saturday evening about his experience with the Foundation, plans for the future, and the dedication of the staff.
“I’ve now had three years of exposure to the optimism and enthusiasm not only of these young men, but their parents,” he said. “I have also been impressed and heartened by the enthusiasm of the staff. The people who work at The Bridge Golf Foundation love the boys and love what they do. That’s an inspiration to me because I worked in a pretty mercenary environment. It’s refreshing to see people who have a broader perspective on things.”
The night ended with a screening of a special video featuring the mothers of Foundation students. The video was produced by Foray Golf, a women’s golf fashion brand founded by Bridge member Megan LaMothe.
As always, this annual event was more than a golf outing. It was a celebration of the young men, families, donors and staff who make our work possible.