A very special golf tournament will be taking place this month right here in Fort Lauderdale and golfers of all skill levels are invited to attend. The Denis Watson 4th Annual Invitational Golf Tournament will be underway on February 21st at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club in Plantation and will be benefiting Hope South Florida.
In 1976, Denis Watson, a resident of South Florida, became a professional golfer and went on to be the most winning player on the PGA tour back in 1984. When he turned 50, he competed in the Champions Tour and won the 2007 Senior PGA Championship by two strokes. He earned several other top awards that year, including, “Rookie of the Year” and the Ben Hogan Award. The following year, Watson won the FedEx Kinko’s Classic in Texas, along with the AT&T Champions Classic.
The format for this month’s golf tournament will be an 18-hole, four person scramble. A warm-up and breakfast will take place from 7:30- 8:30 a.m., followed by a clinic at 8:30 a.m. held by Denis Watson and a 9:00 a.m. shotgun start. There will be contests and prizes for both men and women, including prizes for best gross handicap 1 & 2, straightest drive and closest to pin. In addition, Watson plans to tee off one hole with each foursome.
Hope South Florida is a non-profit organization with the mission to provide hope for the homeless and hurting through services and partnerships with the Christian community. Hope South Florida is a holistic Christian response to homelessness that was inspired by the City of Fort Lauderdale leadership’s efforts to address the growing numbers of homeless persons frequenting the downtown area and is a first-of-its-kind collaboration of large churches from several denominations in Broward County.
Robin Martin, M. Div., Executive Director of Hope South Florida and The Shepherd’s Way, stated in a recent press release that, “We are very blessed that proceeds from the Denis Watson Invitational Golf Tournament will benefit Hope South Florida. It’s wonderful to see people coming together to help the homeless in our area.”
Fees for the tournament are as follows: the individual tournament entry fee is $300 per person; foursome tournament entry fee is $1200. Sponsorships are available ranging from $500-$10,000. Donations of any amount are welcomed.