Unique format for Tebow tourney

Published: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 at 4:32 p.m.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH – Tim Tebow has never done things the traditional way.

When the Heisman Trophy and National Championship winning Florida Gators quarterback announced the inaugural Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic to raise money for youth around the world, having numerous celebrities, athletes and coaches playing the pro-am was not enough. So to keep things interesting, Tebow announced that when the event tees off Saturday at 9 a.m. on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, each of the 18 holes will have a unique element.

Each hole will include food stops, athletic competitions and even the rare opportunity for spectators to be invited inside the ropes to participate in the action. The holes will play as follows:

Hole #1 – Food stop – Chick-Fil-A Sandwiches (all food stops are for competitors)

Hole #2 – $15,000 Hole-In-One Contest presented by Capital Analysts

Hole #3 – Putter Challenge – Participants must play the entire hole with their putter

Hole #4 – US Trust “Who do you Trust” Spectator Putt – The groups may choose one spectator to putt for a free stroke.

Hole #5 – Power Balance “Performance Technology” Giveaway

Hole #6 – Dreams Come True – Dreams Come True child can be chosen to hit any of the shots.

Hole #7 – Food stop – Tropical Smoothie Café

Hole #8 – Wounded Warrior Tee Off – Each group hits their tee shots along with a Wounded Warrior; if the group uses the Warrior's shot, they are hitting 1 from where the Warrior's drive landed.

Hole #9 – Food stop – Firehouse Subs

Hole #10 – Hoop it Up – Celebrity will take a foul shot. If celebrity makes the shot, deduct one stroke from score.

Hole #11 – “Visit the Majors” Hole-In-One presented by Jockey

Hole #12 – Punt, Pass and Kick

Hole #13 – Food stop – Auntie Anne's Pretzels

Hole #14 – Speed Golf – Fastest and best score wins

Hole #15 – “The Relaxation Lounge”

Hole #16 – Food stop –Peterbrooke Chocolate

Hole #17 – Long Drive presented by FRS “Healthy Energy”

Hole #18 – Long Drive with Landon Gentry – Team may use the drive of the Landon Gentry Long Driver competitor

“I like to have fun out on the golf course, and the 18-hole skills challenge will go a long way to keep everyone loose out there and ensure that all of us – the participants and the spectators – will spend the day having a great time,” Tebow said. “I hope everyone comes out on Saturday, especially to help me make a putt on the fourth hole.”

The list of celebrities who will have to navigate through the 18 holes includes NFL Pro Bowlers, former and current Florida football players and coaches, performing artists and Tebow himself. Joining Tebow are Elvis Dumervil, Fred Durst, David Garrard, Artis Gilmore, Scott Hanson, John Lynch, Urban Meyer, Will Muschamp, Mike Pouncey, Maurkice Pouncey, Fred Taylor, Jason Taylor, Brandon Spikes, Scott Van Pelt, Danny Wuerffel and Leon Washington.

The Tim Tebow Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic begins with a Friday evening private gala at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, followed by a shotgun start golf tournament on Dye's Valley Course at TPC Sawgrass, Saturday at 9 a.m. Parking lots and gates open at 7 a.m. for this tournament, in which all net proceeds will benefit The Tim Tebow Foundation and The First Tee.

Tickets to the golf tournament are available to the public for $12.50 (for youth and adults) and can be purchased at www.PGATOUR.COM/theplayers.

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