Originally published: Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 3:08 p.m.
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – Yesterday, PGA of America’s 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation d/b/a PGA REACH, Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, and Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, partnered to host the inaugural Stephen Curry Charity Classic presented by Workday.
The event’s proceeds will go toward helping children in the Bay Area and beyond with the support and opportunities needed to play the game of golf and lead healthy, active lives. The goal is to raise over $1 million to benefit both Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH.
“This means a lot,” said Curry. “This tournament is the first of many. The community, the next generation, they won today, too.”
Curry was joined by 50 two-person teams comprised of partners, donors and supporters for a fun day of team-based golf competition at Harding Park in San Francisco – future home of the 2020 PGA Championship in May of next year. Notable executives and celebrities in attendance at the event included: Workday Co-Founder and CEO Aneel Bhusri, City and County of San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Brandt Snedeker (PGA Tour player), Dr. Condoleezza Rice (former Secretary of State), Dell Curry (former professional basketball player; father of Stephen Curry), Andre Iguodala (professional basketball player), Joe Lacob (majority owner of the Golden State Warriors), Chris O'Donnell (actor), and Michelle Wie (LPGA Tour player and PGA Jr. League Ambassador).
The multi-faceted golf experience kicked off with a skills challenge, followed by an 18-hole scramble. In the spirit of PGA Jr. League – the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH – the tournament followed the program’s two-person scramble format with all players wearing blue or orange numbered jerseys based on the division in which they were drafted.
Actor Chris O’Donnell and Doug Mackenzie won the blue division with 67 points, while David Bond and Kris Stone won the orange division with 73 points, earning them advancement to the one-hole shootout. In the shootout on Hole No. 18, O’Donnell and Symetra Tour Pro Casey Danielson competed alongside PGA of America President Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA, versus brothers Eric and Kris Stone paired with Stephen Curry. Teams took their shots from 93 yards.
Stephen Curry drained his 30-foot putt, only to be answered by Chris O’Donnell on the opposing team from 12 feet, which sent the teams into a chip-off. In the end, O’Donnell, Whaley and Danielson landed their chips closest to the hole, which earned them and their entire division a commemorative Stephen Curry Callaway wedge.
Those interested in learning more about the event and contributing in support of Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH can visit the CrowdRise campaign page here.
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