JA Hosts Successful Golf Classic

Junior Achievement of the Palm Beaches & Treasure Coast held its 28th annual Golf Classic on Dec. 5 at Jonathan’s Landing Old Trail at the Fazio Course. The event is one of four throughout the year to raise money for the programs that Junior Achievement provides to more than 20,000 students.

The 2014 Golf Classic Chair Emeritus is long-time supporter David Nicholson of the Stiles-Nicholson Foundation. The co-chairs were Board Member Carlos Alvarez of PNC Bank and Jim Walton of Southwest Greens of Florida, who donated the putting green. Sponsors for this year’s tournament include the Stiles Nicholson Foundation, the Esther B. O’Keeffe Foundation, G4S, Cocuy, Burns & Co., Bozetarnik & Company, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Constellation Brands with Corona Extra and Modelo especial.

During the event, two members from the Northwood University golf team were there to drive for the golfers on two separate holes. Bobby Bradley with Charity Golf International was also there to drive for the golfers and to raise funds. For the first time during a Junior Achievement event, there was a golf ball launcher on a tee for the golfers to substitute for a drive. There was not a silent auction this year, but an online auction for anyone in Florida to bid on items, such as a putting green to be built in the winner’s backyard.

Proceeds will support the ongoing operations of Junior Achievement and the programs it brings to students in grades kindergarten through high school across Palm Beach, Martin, St. Lucie and Hendry counties. For more info., visit www.juniorachievement.com.

ABOVE: Co-Chair Jim Walton poses with the winning foursome. Knight Corporations had a score of 54. The winning foursome included Jeffrey Knight, Stephen Boruff, Paul Lepoli and Dave Donovan.