The 11th Annual Golf Challenge for Children Tournament, presented by Dynamic Industries International LLC, was held on September 29th, 2015, at Memorial Park Golf Course in Houston, Texas. A full course of golfers and volunteers came out to support Texas Center for the Missing (TCM), Houston’s Amber Alert Provider, and to enjoy a great day of golf that raised nearly $70,000 to keep local children safe.
The day began with a Shotgun Start sending all 36 teams scrambling on a beautiful Houston day, with contests and activities throughout. The 19th Hole Party, following the day’s play, honored all the tournament’s competitors and contest winners, and featured John Granato of ESPN 97.5 FM Houston who worked up bidding and fundraising goals all evening. The Awards Dinner featured TCM Board Chair Allen Shindler, TCM Fundraising Chair Cliff West, and 2015 Gabriel Lester Hero Award Recipient, The Hamill Foundation.
Key corporate sponsors included Dynamic Industries International LLC, Allegiance Bank Texas, Refund Retriever, LLC, Amegy Bank of Texas, Skymark Development Co., Inc., Bank of Texas, Ascension Capital Advisors, Inc., and Stephen Boutros, LTD, as well as the Deverka Family and Lindsay & Trent Stout. Special thanks to the 8th Wonder Brewery, Bluejack National, Karbach Brewing Co., Sellinger’s Power Golf, and Yeti Sunshine for providing activities on the course. Representatives from the Harris County Sherriff’s Office and Houston Police Department attended as well.
With a wide array of talented golfers, the tournament proved competitive! The 1st Place Championship Teams were the Skymark Development Co., Inc. Team for 1st Place Gross, including Bobby Mobasheri, Rich Paredes, Goss Solorzano, and Rick White, and the Refund Retriever, LLC Team for 1st Place Net, including Brad Applewhite, Brian Gibbs, Bill Pyle, and Ryan Teague. The 2nd Place Net Team was the Law Enforcement Team, and the 3rd Place Net Team was the Mary & Allen Shindler Team.
The Closest To Pin competition was won by Bob Landauer of The Martin Family Team, the Longest Drive competition was won by Neal Stephenson of the First American Title NCS Team, and the Putting Contest was won by Brad Applewhite of the Refund Retriever Team.
Overall, the tournament raised almost $70,000 for Texas Center for the Missing! These funds will go to new child Internet Safety classes, Amber Alert issuance training, and Child ID Kits for local families. Every year Texas Center for the Missing serves more than 10,000 people and directly works with families to recover missing children and endangered adults. As Houston’s Amber Alert provider for the 14-county Houston-Galveston Region, Texas Center for the Missing receives no federal or state funding, thus fundraisers like yesterday’s event are paramount to keep this invaluable service available to the community at large.
As the golfers departed it was obvious that the community had successfully rallied behind this worthy cause, and had a great time in the process. Texas Center for the Missing’s next fundraiser event will be the Super Spy Showdown to be held February 19th, 2016, at The Corinthian.
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See photos from the 11th Annual Golf Challenge for Children here!