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Champions Tour Players Come to Bryan Park to Support Youth Golf

The Mike Goodes Charity Classic & Pro Am came to Bryan Park yesterday to support youth golf initiatives in the Triad.  All proceeds from the fundraiser go to the Triad Youth Golf Foundation and the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund, a fund that has given over $30,000 to youth golfers for tournament access, college aid and equipment grants over the past three years.

Take a look at this year’s event!


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Mike Goodes & Friends Charity Classic Pro-Am Adds Local Sponsors and Champions Tour Players

Greensboro, NC. – (August 2012) – The 11th Annual Charity Classic Pro Am featuring Mike Goodes & Friends is scheduled for Monday, October 8th. Building on the momentum of last year’s successful event, the Triad Youth Golf Foundation (TYGF) has announced the Champions Tour player commitments for 2012. Eleven PGA Champions Tour players have signed on to play in this year’s Pro-Am including: Mike Goodes, Kenny Perry, Fred Funk, Mark Calcavecchia, Russ Cochran, Olin Browne, Peter Senior, Loren Roberts, Bob Gilder, Willie Wood and Jim Thorpe.

Coinciding with this year’s event is the premier Champions Tour Sunday Night Social on October 7th featuring the Champions Tour players’ panel – a unique gathering of sponsors and Champions Tour players. The social offers a question-and-answer session during which the players will relay interesting stories from life on the Tour and relieve favorite moments from their biggest victories.  Acclaimed Golf Channel announcer Dave Marr will emcee this year’s social.

The Pro-Am’s 2012 title sponsor is local company Carolina Container, a custom packaging company out of Reidsville, N.C., which is participating for their second consecutive year. The Cemala Foundation, McMichael Mills, Cardinal Recycling, Greensboro Medical Associates and Document Access Systems have also signed on to support this year’s initiative to support youth golf in the Triad. Sponsorships will go towards the financial support of TYGF initiatives and the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund. The scholarship fund is designed to create learning and playing grants for juniors of all backgrounds.

Limited corporate teams are still available. For more information and corporate sponsorships, contact Anne Wooton at (336) 373-4630 or visit Triad Youth Golf Foundation’s website at www.goodesproam.com

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2012 Mike Goodes Collegiate Scholarship Award Recipients

The Charity Classic Pro-Am benefits the Triad Youth Golf Foundation and the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund. The fund lends a helping hand to aspiring young golfers who demonstrate dedication and passion in developing their skills. We are excited to announce three award recipients for this year’s college bound scholarships. Each recipient received $1000 towards their collegiate experience.

Hear from the recipients and how TYGF has affected their life:

Taylor Allison

How have golf and involvement in the TYGF positively influenced my life? I think a more effective way is to explain how much I’ve gained is to consider what I would have missed had I said no when my granddad asked me to play in the TYGF Little League at Bur-Mill Park in 2003.

I would have missed lessons with Chris Haarlow and other instructors where I learned not only how to become a better player but also a better person by being taught the value of practice and discipline. I wouldn’t have played a one hundred holes marathon, running down the fairways in an attempt to play all the holes before dark. I wouldn’t have had the privilege to be an original member of the Peggy Kirk Bell Tour or have the personal challenge of competing against such gifted players. I would never have had the agonizing experience of turning in a wrong score in a tournament and later having the gratifying feeling of knowing I did the right thing even though it resulted in disqualification. I never would have been recruited by various colleges or received a partial golf scholarship from Western Carolina University. Ultimately, without the TYGF experience, I wouldn’t be the golfer or person I am today.

Caleb Keck

Triad Youth Golf Foundation has been and always will be a huge part of my life because it has given me a firm foundation to base my competitive golf on. Not only have I been lucky to play in tournaments sponsored by TYGF, but I am also proud to be a part of this association. It is a great catalyst for youth like me to start their golfing career while learning various core values that are strongly needed in life. Thank you for letting me be a part of this non-profit organization that has lent me a helping hand. Moreover, I feel TYGF has played a vital part in given me the opportunity to play college golf in the fall at Appalachian State University. I plan to be a great student and a great college golfer.

Bryan Griffin

I started golf with TYGF when I was eight years old, and was introduced to competitive golf through Little League and Futures Team Golf. For years after, I participated in events such as Parent-Child Tournaments and after-school group lessons. I have fond memories of the 100 hole marathons at Ironplay and Bur-Mil. Golf has been a driving force in my life. It has taught be patience and flexibility. People I have met through golf have become my closest friends and mentors, and I am happy to know these people.

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Spotlight Player of the Week – Rebecca Mirovich

The Triad Youth Golf Foundation and one local golfer, Rebecca Mirovich prove it’s never too late to pick-up the game.

Rebecca  Mirovich
Rebecca Mirovich

Rebecca Mirovich (Mt. Pleasant, NC) began playing golf at the end of her sophomore year in high school. Mirovich, who graduated from Mt. Pleasant HS in 2011, started the first women’s team at her high school. She began playing golf in a Triad Youth Golf Foundation program and shortly thereafter began playing competitively on the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls’ Golf Tour in summer 2010. When asked about her days on the PKBGT, Mirovich states, “It helped my game a lot. Playing in tournaments helped prepare me for tournaments at the college level.”

Mirovich, who is currently attending Belmont Abbey College in Charlotte, NC, was one of two 2011 recipients of a Game Development Scholarship.  As a college freshman, Mirovich was named to the Conference Carolinas second team and had the lowest scoring average on her team. Not only is she a standout athlete, but she is also a good student. Mirovich currently plans on majoring in Criminal Justice.

Mirovich credits TYGF, specifically the PKBGT, with her golf success. Her advice for other junior golfers is “enjoy the experience while it last. It’s a great opportunity and it’s not going to last forever.”

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Goodes making most of late invitation to Regions

Mike Goodes
No one at the Regions Tradition has been better over the last 36 holes than Mike Goodes.

Mike Goodes was featured on the PGA Champions Tour site: Read below or Click Here to read full article

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Barely one week ago, Mike Goodes was not sure whether he would even be in the field for the Regions Tradition at Shoal Creek. Midway through Thursday’s opening round, he probably wished he wasn’t there.

But after starting the tournament 5-over par through the first 10 holes, Goodes has been nothing short of great in the first Champions Tour major of the season. He followed up an opening-round 76 with a 6-under 66 on Friday and a 5-under 67 in Saturday’s third round.

Suddenly, Goodes finds himself tied for seventh place at 7-under 209, still in the hunt five shots behind leader Mark Calcavecchia heading into Sunday’s final round.

“A lot of things were going through my mind (on Thursday), but finishing in the top-10 was not one of them,” Goodes said with a smile. “Obviously I’m very happy to be in the position I’m in right now.”

It has been a rollercoaster past 10 days for Goodes. He originally was not going to be eligible to play in the Regions Tradition when the field was set at 72 players. But late last week the Champions Tour Player Advisory Council agreed to increase the field to 78, which is the standard size of most Champions Tour events. Goodes learned he had made the expanded field on the evening of April 29, only six days before the opening round.

“I was very fortunate to even be in the field, and I know it,” Goodes said. “I was very thankful for that.”

His excitement quickly diminished once play began, however, as Goodes had two bogeys and two double bogeys in the first 10 holes. He walked off the 10th green at 5-over, shaking his head at how things had gone wrong so quickly.

“I’ve been playing well lately, but I just played lousy that first 10 holes,” said Goodes, who has two 12th-place finishes and a 13th in six tournaments this season. “It was more of a surprise for me to be playing so bad the first day than it has been for me to be playing well the last two days. I wasn’t expecting to shoot 66 and 67 every day, but I was expecting to hit a lot of good shots, and the first 10 holes wasn’t that way.”

Despite his terrible start, Goodes said he was able to maintain a positive attitude.

“I just kept telling myself that it’s a long tournament and you have to keep plugging along,” Goodes said. “I kept thinking, ‘Look, I’m lucky to be here. Whatever I get out of this is kind of a bonus, because I’m not supposed to be in the tournament.’ ”

Goodes finally stabilized his game over the final eight holes on Thursday, with seven pars and a birdie. Still, he was tied for 51st after the opening round and wasn’t within a long drive of the leaderboard.

But it didn’t take long for things to change during Friday’s second round, as Goodes birdied two of the first three holes and shot 32 on the front nine. He closed the round with two more birides, and his 66 tied for the second best score of the day.

“I just started hitting the ball much better, and I started making putts,” Goodes said. “A lot of my putts the first day were skimming the edge of the hole. Since then they’ve been sucking them in like a black hole.

“It took me awhile to get comfortable, but once I did it just kept building and it carried over from hole to hole.”

Goodes ended Saturday’s round with another birdie flurry, shooting 32 on the back nine. And as he steadily crept up the leaderboard, Calcavecchia was struggling through a back nine that included two bogeys and a double bogey.

A victory in this tournament remains a longshot for Goodes. Shortly after walking off the 18th green on Saturday he said, “I don’t have much of a chance to win.”

Maybe not, but he certainly has a much better shot than he ever thought possible midway through the opening round.

“I have a chance to have a good tournament, and that’s all I want to do,” Goodes said. “I just want to go out and play well (on Sunday). If I do that, you never know what might happen.”

After all, the fact is that over the past two days nobody has posted a better score that Goodes’ 11-under. If the tournament had started on Friday, as non-major Champions Tour events do, he actually would be leading right now.

“Yeah, that was a practice round Thursday,” Goodes said with a laugh. “I’m all for that.”

Triad Youth Golf Foundation is hosting the Mike Goodes & Friends Charity Classic Pro Am to support the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund on June 13th at Bryan Park Golf Course and Conference Center. This year’s event also includes players Nick Price, Fred Funk, Loren Roberts, Russ Cochran, Andy Bean, Larry Mize and Olin Browne.

To participate in this year’s Pro Am, please contact Mike Parker at mparker@tygf.org or call us at 336.373.4630.

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Nick Price Joins the 2011 Charity Classic Pro Am!


This year the Triad Youth Golf Foundation will host the 10th Annual Charity Classic Pro Am on Monday, June 13th. Building off of last year’s success, the pro am will feature players Nick Price, Fred Funk, Mike Goodes, Loren Roberts, Russ Cochran, Andy Bean and Olin Browne.

Nick Price, former #1 Player in the World, is joining the TYGF Charity Classic Pro Am for the first time. By the mid-nineties, Price was regarded as the best player in the world, and in 1994 he won two majors back-to-back, The Open and the PGA Championship, adding to his first major, the 1992 PGA Championship. He topped the PGA Tour money list in 1993 and 1994, setting a new earnings record each time, and spent 43 weeks at number one in the Official World Golf Rankings. Price was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.

Fred Funk also joins the Pro Am for the first time. A former college coach at his alma mater, University of Maryland, Funk became a member of the PGA Tour in 1989. Since then he has won 8 PGA Tour events and 6 Champions Tour events. Two of the Champions Tour events included major wins at the JELD-WEN Tradition and the US Senior Open.

Loren Roberts, known as “Boss of the Moss” for his putting skills, has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He has 8 PGA Tour victories and 12 Champions Tour victories including the JELD-WEN Tradition, one of the five senior majors. He also broke 54-hole tournament Champions Tour records for lowest score in relationship to par (25-under) and most birdies (26) as well as sharing lowest score (191).

Russ Cochranhas 60 top-10 finishes in official PGA Tour events including a victory at the 1991 Centel Western Open when he overcame a five-stroke deficit over eight holes to beat Greg Norman. Cochran debuted on the Champions Tour in 2009 and claimed the Rookie of the Year award. He has since won two events on the Champions Tour.

Andy Bean turned professional in 1975 and boasts 11 career PGA Tour victories. From 1977 to 1986, Bean never dropped below 35 on the money list, a stretch that included 5 top-seven finishes on the list. In 2003, he joined the Champions Tour where he has claimed three victories.

Olin Browne, now sharing his time between the PGA Tour and Champions Tour, was named Ryder Cup assistant captain in 2007. He has 7 professional wins between the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour. In 2009, Browne joined the Champions Tour.

This great event is an invitation for all golf enthusiasts to enjoy a day on the course with PGA Tour Champion golf professionals and business colleagues to raise awareness and funds for youth golf in the Greensboro area. The event will allocate funds raised to the Triad Youth Golf Foundation and the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund.

For more information on sponsorship and participation opportunities, please visit www.tygf.org/proam.

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Goodes does good – rain or shine

Mike Goodes & Friends Pro Am
September 29, 2010
By Mark Williams
Click Here to See Full Story on PGA website

Good plans sometimes go bad. More often than not the weather plays a part in those plans.
That’s how it went for the Mike Goodes & Friends Charity Classic Pro-Am scheduled for the
Monday between the SAS Championship and the Ensure Classic at Rock Barn when persistent
heavy rain canceled play.

That’s not to say it didn’t happen. In fact, the fund-raiser may have been more successful without
the planned 18-holes of golf.

“We sat around and told some funny stories” said event host Mike Goodes. “Bob Gilder is a
Ryder Cup veteran and with it being Ryder Cup week he told some interesting stories. It was
probably more fun than actually playing. I had a lot of people come up to me after and say ‘That
was so much fun.’ I really think a lot of people may have enjoyed that more. It was so different.”

The Triad Youth Golf Foundation (TYGF) brought eight Champions Tour professionals to the
Bryan Park GC & Conference Center in Greensboro on Sunday and Monday. Goodes and Gilder
were joined by Allen Doyle, Keith Fergus, David Peoples, Denis Watson, Tim Simpson and Bruce
Vaughn for the event.

“The Champions Tour made such a great contribution to our event,” said Chris Haarlow,
President of TYGF. “With their support and the support of our sponsors, we were able to further
communicate the TYGF mission, and give more kids access to the game of golf.”

Twenty-four sponsors contributed to make the event a success. Sponsorships will go towards the
financial support of TYGF initiatives and the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund, designed to create
learning and playing grants for juniors of all backgrounds.

“The guys that came to play did a great job and were so generous with their time,” said
Goodes. “They enjoy doing it. We all do. Anytime you can do something with golf and it benefits
someone else, that’s a pretty special thing. That’s a no-brainer for me. If it helps, I’m there.”

Goodes told a story about a 15-year-old girl named Ashlii who will benefit from the contributions.
Golf is important to Ashlii, one of three children from a family who are having a difficult time
making ends meet. Ashlii and her mother were doing all they could to scrape together enough
money so she could take golf lessons.

“It was important for Ashlii and her family to get involved in golf,” said Goodes. “Whenever you
give, you always feel better than the people you give to. If you help somebody a little bit, it helps
them a little bit, but it actually helps you a lot. Giving is something we don’t generally do very
easily, but jeez, it’s incredible, the rewards.”

The fund-raiser included a diverse range of donated items to be auction, from weekends away
at beach and mountain homes to flat screen televisions. Goodes even managed to secure three
Pebble Beach pin flags and had them signed by Jack Nicklaus (1972), Tom Watson (1982) and
Tom Kite (1992), all winners of U.S. Open Championships at that prestigious venue. Fred Funk

also signed a pin flag from Crooked Stick where he won last year’s U.S. Senior Open.

The TYGF has introduced the game to thousands of kids at several schools in the area, taking
equipment to the schools, teaching the kids the fundamentals of the game and even paying their
entry fees into junior tournaments.

“I don’t know the final figures of what we raised but I know it was a success,” said Goodes. “It’s
the first year I’ve been involved and we raised more money than ever before. It’s all for the kids
so every dollar you raise is good.”

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Bid on Auction Items for the Pro Am

Can’t play in the Pro Am this year, and would like to get involved? Triad Youth Golf Foundation is auctioning off some great items! Anyone can bid on the items.

Autographed Crest
Signed by each of the PGA Champions Tour players in this year’s Pro Am, the stitched crest of Triad Youth Golf Foundation makes a great wall piece. It is signed by Mike Goodes, Allen Doyle, David Peoples, Bob Gilder, Tim Simpson, Bruce Vaughan, Bob Watson and Keith Fergus.

PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach Autographed Flag signed by Jack Nicklaus
This unique framed display is a hand-signed official pin flag from the PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach. Jack Nicklaus has won 18 Majors, more than any other golfer in history. He has won the most Master (six) and tied for the most PGA Championships (five) and US Opens (four).

PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach Autographed Flag signed by Tom Watson
This official pin flag of the PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach is autographed by Tom Watson and framed to make a commemorative display piece. Tom Watson is winner of eight Major titles including five Open Championships, two Masters titles, and one US Open title. Watson claimed the world’s number 1 ranking from 1978 to 1982.

PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach Autographed Flag signed by Tom Kite
This official pin flag of the PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach is autographed by Tom Kite and framed to make a commemorative display piece. Winner of the 1992 US Open, Kite spent 175 weeks in the top 10 of the Official Golf World Rankings between the years of 1989 and 1994.

PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach Autographed Flag signed by Fred Funk
This official pin flag of the PGA Tour Legends Pebble Beach is autographed by Fred Funk and framed to make a commemorative display piece.

50” Plasma Flat Screen Television
Enhance your entertainment system with this new 50” Panasonic Plasma HD Television. It features HD 1080p picture quality with cutting edge resolution.

Scotty Cameron Putter

Weekend Stay in Pinehurst with Championship Golf
Stay at the legendary Country Club of North Carolina and enjoy one of the finest golf clubs featuring the Dogwood Course and the Cardinal Course.

Carolina Panther Tickets
Be there for the action of Panthers Football at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte. Four tickets will be auctioned off.

Hand & Stone Spa Package
This package includes a facial and a message. Massage is an art and a science where touch is the core ingredient. Touch conveys a sense of caring. Therapists use a variety of hands-on methods and specific techniques for pain relief, relaxation and to stimulate and tone the body for better health.

North Myrtle Beach House Rental – Looney Bin
For the lazy, crazy days of summer… your family will be right at home at the Looney Bin! With two bedrooms upstairs and one bedroom down, this popular North Myrtle Beach vacation rental home is spacious and comfortable with excellent amenities and just a couple of short blocks from the beach. One bedroom has two sets of bunk beds and is perfect for the kids!

Bob Timberlake Painting
Reflecting the comfort of home, this painting will suit any space with comfort and ease. Take this artwork home and maximize your wall space!

Maui Jim Men’s Sunglasses
Maui Jim sunglasses are one of the most popular sunglass brands in the world, combining nature-loving spirit of Hawaii with state-of-the-art lens technology. All Maui Jim sunglasses are uniquely polarized, making them ideal for boating, fishing, golfing and driving.

Autographed Football by Muhsin Muhammad and Carolina Panther Tickets
Don’t let this sports memorabilia pass by! In addition to this commemorative hand signed football by Carolina Panther’s player, Muhsin Muhammad, he is also adding great seats to a Carolina Panthers game.

Five Nights at Mountain Home with Grandfather Mountain Views
Enjoy Five nights of incredible views! This spacious house can house 4 couple or two families with kids comfortably. Amenities include hot tub, pool table, and much more!

Fresh Market Basket
Filled with a delightful basket of snacks! This basket made by Fresh Market has the most decadent assortment of goodies.

Fresh Market Gift Certificate
Experience the food with fresh flavors, a mouth watering olive bar and much more at Fresh Market!

Body Wrap by NuBody Solutions
Imagine yourself with a new body. Imagine losing 12 to 39 inches in just one hour… without dieting and without exercise! Now… imagine achieving these amazing results simply by enjoying a warm, luxurious body wrap that instantly slims you without dehydration and without any physical exertion.

Microderm Abrasion Facial by NuBody Solutions
Microdern Abrasion is a skin resurfacing treatment that uses gentle abrasion in order to rejuvenate and restore natural glow to the skin.

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Mike Goodes & Friends Charity Classic Pro Am Adds Local Sponsors and Champions Tour Players

Greensboro, NC. – August, 2010 – The Mike Goodes and Friends Charity Classic Pro Am is scheduled for Monday, September 27th. Building on the momentum of eight Champions Tour players joining the Charity Classic Pro Am this year, corporate sponsors have signed on to help the Triad Youth Golf Foundation’s initiative to support youth golf development in the community. Bruce Vaughan, winner of the 2008 Senior British Open, recently joins Mike Goodes and six other Champions Tour Professionals for this year’s event.

Premium event sponsors of this year’s Charity Classic Pro Am include First Tee Inc., JP Looneys Restaurant, Triad Golf Today Magazine, and Precision Golf School. Sponsorships will go towards the financial support of the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund, and TYGF programs.

Corporate sponsorships are still available at $3000. Individual amateur golfing slots start at $250 per person, and include Champions player clinic, lunch, green cart fee, and tournament gift. Foursomes are still available, but going fast at the rate of $1250.

For more information and corporate sponsorships, contact Jonathan Dudley at (336) 373-4630 or visit Triad Youth Golf Foundation’s website at www.tygf.org.

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Seven PGA Champions Tour Professionals Join the Charity Classic Pro Am

goodes.jpgGreensboro, NC. – July, 2010 – The Mike Goodes and Friends Charity Classic Pro Am is scheduled for Monday, September 27th at the Bryan Park Golf Course and Conference Center. Mike Goodes comes to the Charity Classic Pro Am this year and brings with him six PGA Champions Tour players to raise money for the Triad Youth Golf Foundation and the Mike Goodes Scholarship Fund.

Among the friends that will be joining Goodes in the Pro Am include Allen Doyle, Keith Fergus, David Peoples, Gene Jones, Bob Gilder, and Tim Simpson.

Allen Doyle, 4-time Major winner on the Champions Tour, joins the Pro Am for this first time this year. After joining the Champions Tour in 1998, he has gone on to win 11 titles. Keith Fergus also joins the Pro Am for the first time. A former college coach at the University of Houston, Fergus went on to play the Nationwide Tour and the PGA Tour. After joining the Champions Tour in 2006, Fergus won three events and has been ranked as high as 11 on the Champions Tour money list.

David Peoples, a newcomer this year to the Champions Tour, has been gaining ground rising to top 20 on the money list. He played on the Nationwide Tour and PGA Tour for four years before joining the Champions Tour last year. Another newcomer to the Pro Am is Bob Gilder. Gilder, a former Ryder Cup member and six-time PGA Tour Champion, became eligible to play on the Champions Tour in 2000. He found immediate success, winning two tournaments and being named Rookie of the Year in 2001.

Gene Jones and Tim Simpson also join the cause to play in the Charity Classic Pro Am. Coming back to his home of the Triad, Jones boasts 9 professional wins and has been as high as 12 on the Champions Tour money list. Tim Simpson comes to the Pro Am with four PGA Tour wins.

Sponsors and golfers will gather the evening before the Pro Am at a cocktail reception hosted by the Triad Youth Golf Foundation at Green Valley Grill where they will be recognized for their generous support and participation in such an important fundraising event for youth golf development.

“It’s a real honor to be part of this community, and have the opportunity to share my passion of golf with such a great foundation. This year marks a truly unique event that a lot of people want to be a part of,” says Mike Goodes.

Corporate sponsorships are still available at $3000. Individual amateur golfing slots start at $250 per person, and include Champions player clinic, lunch, green cart fee, and tournament gift. Foursomes are still available, but going fast at the rate of $1250.

For more information and corporate sponsorships, contact Jonathan Dudley at (336) 373-4630.