Tebow event goes off without a hitch

Tim Tebow talks with Lindsey Vonn while on the driving range during the Tim Tebow Foundation Charity Golf Classic at TPC Sawgrass on Saturday in Ponte Vedra Beach.

Matt Stamey/Staff photographer
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, April 14, 2012 at 6:09 p.m.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH — As the players warmed up on the range at the Tournament Players Club, a large black cloud moved overhead Saturday.

Rain on Tim Tebow's tournament? As if.

The cloud dissipated, the celebrities finished their warm-ups (Tebow taking a turn with Bubba Watson's pink driver) and the 2nd Tim Tebow Foundation Tournament was under way. The tournament was moved ahead three weeks so the players could attack the TPC Sawgrass Stadium Course, which closes down for prep work on The Players Championship on Sunday.

The Tebow Foundation hopes to make close to $1 million once all of the money is tallied from tickets sales, the silent auction and sponsorships.

“Just to put a smile on a kid's face is what this is all about,” said Tebow.

This year's tournament was a lot less fan friendly than last year's. Because of a horde of autograph seekers who made the event uncomfortable for the celebrities last year, autographs were only allowed on the 17th hole and the only thing that could be signed was a program from the event. Ticket prices were also doubled ($25 adults, $15 for under 18).

Both Tebow and Masters champion Bubba Watson had a security guard riding with them to discourage the crowds from begging for autographs. Tebow's security man was former University Police Department Lt. Stacy Ettel, who was also a bodyguard for former UF coach Urban Meyer.

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