*** The 2022 Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation Smucker's Birdies & Charity is set for September 26th at the Country Club of Hudson***
Schedule of Events:
-8:00 am -Registration
-9:00 am -Shotgun Start
-1:00-1:30 pm -Lunch Break Sponsored by Green Circle Growers
-1:30 pm -Afternoon rounds begins
-5:30 pm -Completion of Play & Celebration and Announcements
It was a blustery day with winds over thirty miles per hour at Oberlin Golf Club for the second annual Smucker’s Birdies Fore Charity, but that did not stop Northern Ohio PGA professionals from raising over $100,000 for charity. 417 birdies were made during the day. Twenty-seven professionals from fourteen facilities played 72 holes of golf to benefit five Northern Ohio charities on September 27th. The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation selected five charities that it would support this year including The Turn, Ohio Girls Golf Foundation, Clearview H.O.P.E., Cleveland Clinic Challenge Golf, and the Ben Curtis Family Foundation.
The event began months prior when Smucker’s agreed to a $10,000 title sponsorship. Weeks before the event, professionals began to send emails to their membership, post flyers around their club, and stand on the first tee to solicit donations from members. Pledges were made in flat donations as well as a dollar amount per birdie. Over 400 individual donors from fourteen facilities contributed to the day’s donations. The most successful fundraiser of the day was Kirtland’s Mark Bixler, making 21 birdies at $1015 per birdie for a total of $23,115. When asked about his success, he said “I understand that my members get asked for a lot of donations, so I was amazed at the response that I received.”
Participating facilities in the event were: Kirtland, Brookside, Pepper Pike, Avon Oaks, Youngstown, Portage, Walden, Congress Lake, Shaker Heights, Lakewood, Findlay, Oberlin, Barrington, and GolfTec. Professionals paired themselves before teeing off and chose their own playing partners, mostly either in twosomes or threesomes to encourage a quick pace of play. There were also several facilities that participated in satellite events at their own courses if they were unable to attend the day. These courses were: Westfield, Mayfield-Sand Ridge, and Redtail.
The first thirty-six holes began at 9 and after the morning session was complete, a total of almost $69,000 had been raised, the same amount that had been raised in 2020. Players gathered for lunch sponsored by Green Circle Growers and listened to representatives from the five charities speak about their organizations. After lunch concluded, professionals went back out onto the course to play the final thirty-six. Throughout the day, players snacked on treats from Uncrustables to fruit snacks, and even an ice cream bar with all the delightful Smucker’s toppings while checking out the leaderboard of funds raised at the turn. An all-day closest to the pin contest on the par 3’s was sponsored by FootJoy’s Joe Lombardi; each proximity winner receives a pair of NewFlex shoes.
"We can’t thank our members enough for coming together to spend the day raising money for our Foundation and the charities that are so deserving of our contributions"-David Griffith, Executive Director of the Northern Ohio PGA