Special Olympics Golf Tourney Thrives At Wellington National

Rich Fleming with local Special Olympics Florida athletes.

The inaugural Pro-Am Golf Tournament benefiting Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County was held Dec. 4 at the Wellington National Golf Club, and the day was a rousing success.

The first event of its kind in Wellington gave participants the opportunity to play in a pro-am tournament while supporting the important work of Special Olympics. In a show of stewardship for the local Wellington community, especially those individuals with special needs and the families who care for them, Wellington National and the tournament participants raised nearly $25,000 for the worthy organization.

“The athletes of Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County would like to thank the Wellington National Golf Club for its overwhelming support of the inaugural Pro-Am Golf Tournament. The passionate ownership and staff at the club really raised the bar by creating a spectacular atmosphere for golf with wonderful food and special holiday décor to showcase the club,” said Rich Fleming, director of Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County. “An enthusiastic fundraising committee teamed up to raise close to $25,000 in support of our more than 1,600 Special Olympic athletes in Palm Beach County.”

The tournament boasted an impressive 22 teams of fivesomes comprised of both amateurs and professionals. Though the winning team was made up by professional Tom DeBellis and amateurs J.P. Perrone, Ira Keskel, Bill Degnan and Sal Delgreco, the true winners were the athletes of Special Olympics. As the beneficiaries of the day, the funds raised will be used to foster their involvement in this life-changing program.

Wellington National Golf Club would like to thank all of the sponsors and committee members for their hard work and devotion to the cause, and ensuring the day ran as seamlessly as possible.

As impressive as the inaugural event was, the Wellington National team is eager to build upon the initial success with an even more tremendous event next year to support the good work of Special Olympics Florida-Palm Beach County.