One of the things I really love about golf is the people who play it. 99% of the golfers I have met are “good folks”. And the 1% who aren’t, can’t be real golfers, IMHO.
Recently I was fortunate to meet one of those really good folks from Texas – Allen Baytes. Allen is a golfer with a dream to help children in need through golf. So he started an organization called Texas Golf ConneXion (TGC).
TGC will host a series of “Compete for Compassion Skin Games” in Houston, TX in 2013 designed to bring more fun back into golf, and leverage the generosity of players and sponsors to make a positive impact in the community.
“Compete for Compassion grew out of my love for the game and a compelling desire to use my passion for golf for a greater good,” said Baytes. “Something has been driving me for 5 years to create tournaments that are not only a lot of fun for our local Houston golfers, but are a vehicle for raising awareness and money for kids in need.”
The first event of the year, scheduled for April 28, 2013 at High Meadow Ranch Golf Club, is a FUNdraiser, where 2-person teams scramble to win $5,000 in Skins and a $5,000 medal purse. Golf guys and gals over 18 years of age are welcome.
Handicaps, mulligans and gimmees are not in play, having been replaced with a true spirit of friendly competition. Entry fees are $195 (plus taxes) per player and the registration deadline is April 15, 2013. So if you live anywhere near Houston, I encourage you to register your two-person team.
No charity tournament can run without sponsorship, and this year Compete for Compassion has been fortunate to receive support from a number of companies who share the same commitment to the game and to helping children reach their full potential, including: Swanson Golf Center, Piretti Fine Putters, Blue Label Vodka, and Peli Peli Restaurant.
Swanson Golf Center, named Best Practice Facility in Houston Chronicle’s 2010 Golf Guide, is holding its annual Demo Day on April 6, 2013 where visitors can enroll for the first Compete for Compassion event.
“We are delighted to offer our support to Compete for Compassion and the work they are doing,” said Matt Swanson, owner of Swanson Golf Center. “Golfers are well known for ‘giving back’ and we are proud to partner with the organizers and players to be game changers for children who desperately need help.”
“We are extremely grateful to our sponsors and their generosity,” said Baytes. “But we can’t sit on our laurels; we still need to continue to grow our contributions by attracting even more sponsors. But I have a strong belief in the power and passion of people in the golf industry and am confident together we will be able to raise even more money for our kids and make a significant difference in their futures.”
It’s people like Allen and his sponsors that make me proud to be part of the golfing community. If you would like to help out even a little bit, there are numerous levels of sponsorship available. So please contact Allen Baytes, Tournament Director at Texas Golf ConneXion to find out more.