More than 450 people pledge $90,000+ in donations.
At a May 14 banquet at Cherry Hills Country Club, Craig Stadler and Ann Finke will comprise the 44th Class of Inductees into the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame. They will join the 133 other transcendent men and women who are immortalized in the Hall at the Riverdale Golf Courses clubhouse in Brighton.
The Hall, however, is more than just a pantheon of golf curios, plaques and black-and-white portraits behind glass.
“We’re also a historical resource,” says past president and board member Jon Rizzi. “We aim to preserve the game’s past, revere its present and perpetuate its future.”
With that mission in mind, the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame has embarked on a unique fundraising campaign. This Thursday, March 31*, at the South par-3 layout at the Greg Mastriona Golf Courses at Hyland Hills (above) in Westminster, 18 board members will play in the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Classic 100.
That 100 represents the number of holes each participant will play that day to benefit the History of Golf in Colorado Foundation, the 501(c)(3) that operates the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame, its museum and its support of youth programs in concert with the Colorado Golf Foundation.
Participants in Colorado Golf Hall of Fame Classic 100 include, alphabetically, Gary Baines, Steve Bell, Jim Brown, EJ Carr, John Gardner, Maggie Giesenhagen, Janene Guzowski, Vic Kline, Gary Leeper, Guy Mertz, Janet Moore, Gary Potter, Scott Radcliffe, Dave Richardson, Jon Rizzi, Keith Schneider, John Trenck and Mark Valente. Each received pledges for each hole played. More than 450 donors have ponied up, with projected donations exceeding $90,000—more than twice the original goal of the campaign—before the March 31* event.
The idea behind the 100-hole affair came from Hall of Fame inductee and board member Gary Potter (above left, with Dow Finsterwald), who learned about the fundraising event site ProFundWest through former Colorado Golf Association Executive Director Warren Simmons.
Board member Dave Richardson secured the Hyland Hills course—named for 2014 inductee Greg Mastriona—as a donation. Following the golf, a celebration for all board members will take place at what you might call the 101st Hole.
The Classic 100 isn’t the only tournament the Colorado Golf Hall of Fame will stage this year. The CGHOF Team Championship will take place June 13 at the Hall’s home—the Riverdale Dunes Course in Brighton. The $125 entry fee covers golf, carts, tee gifts and lunch.
*(UPDATE: Due to inclement weather concerns on March 31, the majority of the partcipants in the Classic 100 will play April 7, when the forecast calls for temperatures in the 70s.)
For more information on both tournaments, contact Gary Potter at [email protected].