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A company giving back.

I had a chance to be involved at Golf Fest over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in Rancho Bernardo. Made a lot of connections and met new fans of 18for4 who like what we are doing for charity golf tournaments. I also became a fan of a new company and what the owner’s are doing for charity in the U.S.

Dave and Janek are the owners of the company Bugle Tee that has been in the U.S. market for a couple years now. It is virtually indestructible on the golf course. I sure if you put your mind to it you could find a way, but it would take more than a golf club. Made out of the same plastic that is used on the bottom of snow plow shovels, they have a preset depth stopper so your ball is set at the same height off the ground every time you tee up.

The thought of never having to spend money on another tee for the rest of my golfing life was not what made me a fan. They give back to charity with every tee they sell, and let their customers choose the charity. Their tees come in 8 different colors representing different U.S. charity organizations. A couple examples a yellow tee supports our troops, a pink tee sales go towards breast cancer, and a red ones help help out heart decease research. Please go to their website www.bugletee.com and read more about their company and other organizations they support. You can also find them for sale at your local PGA Tour Superstore where there are white tees available and funds are donated to The First Tee.


Thank you for reading and please, Find a charity golf tournament in your area and play some golf.


We have an official 19th Hole!

Yes, Its official! We have our own 19th Hole in San Diego!

The Elbow Room located in San Diego has been open a little over a year now, but I have known one of the partners for over 15 years now. When I told him about our efforts at 18for4 to bring more golfers to every charity golf tournament across the nation they were instant fans. Being golfers themselves they participate in several tournaments a year that support the military and other charitable foundations in the community. They have seen the decline in attendance at tournaments over the past few years and would like to support our efforts.

We at 18for4 are very happy to have a 19th hole we can call home. Especially since the food is great and there is a beautiful out door patio with TV’s tuned to the PGA tournament finals every Sunday along with any other sporting event that is being televised. A great place to have our comity meetings on the weekends. With the drinks only costing $2.00 until 6pm Saturdays and Sundays we get to save our money for what is important, Golf.

I am going to thank them in advance, the Elbow Room is donating his bar along with a complete buffet for our first fundraising event Tuesday April 9th. We are setting up live music and free food for all attendees that night starting at 8:30 in the evening. We will be taking donations and selling raffle tickets to win from a bunch of prizes. We can’t wait to start taking our military golfers out to play in local charity golf tournaments in San Diego. We hope to see you there.



New partnership supporting the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund

18 October, 10:55, by Darren Tags: , , ,



18for4.com  recently partnered with the DriveHard fund raising project in an ongoing effort to help fight Alzheimer’s. DriveHard has a primary focus of engaging the golf community, through the
sale of their golf wristbands, in order to raise awareness and funds for Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. Through its industry partnerships within the golfing community in the United States, Canada and beyond, the DriveHard Campaign is working to become a globally recognized symbol in the fight against Alzheimer’s. The campaign is striving for a future where everyone can remember their past.

Did you know that as many as 5.3 million people in the United Sates and 500,000 Canadians are living with Alzheimer’s? These numbers continue to grow, and we need to fight for a cure. Alzheimer’s and dementia triple healthcare costs for Americans age 65 and older; the direct and indirect costs of Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to Medicare, Medicaid and businesses amount to more than $148 billion each year. These are just a few of the facts we currently face with this debilitating disease.

You can help this cause by showing your support for the DriveHard campaign and for the ongoing battle to conquer Alzheimer’s by wearing a DriveHard golf wristband. The dimpled wristband design replicates the dimples found on a golf ball; it’s not only a stylish design, but wearing one will go a long way towards creating the much needed funds and awareness for Alzheimer’s. DriveHard wristbands are available for purchase through the DriveHard website or from golf courses and retail locations throughout the United States and Canada. Funds raised through the sale of the wristbands go directly towards the research and development being conducted by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund. If you would like to sell the DriveHard wristbands at your course or facility, or if you have additional questions regarding the project, please contact (sales@drivehard.org) for more information. Together we can make a difference.

About Cure Alzheimer’s Fund
Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is a 501(c)(3) public charity. The goal of the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund (CAF) is to stop the disease before it even strikes, with early prediction and prevention. Since 2005, CAF has discovered 120 other genes that are linked with Alzheimer’s and make up the other 70 percent of those at risk. But more importantly, identifying these genes is the first step to understanding the cause of the disease before a cure can be found. Research is the only path to progress. For the past five years, CAF has focused some of the best scientific minds in the industry on fighting this disease. Their researchers are focused on cutting-edge work that is making progress in the search for a cure. They are tackling the biggest issues in Alzheimer’s disease at renowned institutions across the United States and abroad. More information about Cure Alzheimer’s Fund can be found online at:www.curealz.org.
About DriveHard
DriveHard is a fund raising project aimed at engaging the golf industry while raising awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s. This is being done through the sales and distribution of their DriveHard golf wristbands. More information about DriveHard can be found online at:www.DriveHard.org



Matt LaChappa Athletic Scholarship Fund Charity Golf Tournament

18for4 had the pleasure of playing in the Matt LaChappa Athletic Scholarship Fund golf tournament at Barona Creek Golf Club on Friday.  One of our old friends gave us a ring and said that a golfer had dropped out of the foursome and they needed someone to join in, AT NO COST!  I quickly jumped on the opportunity having never played at Barona before.

Let’s take 2 steps back beforehand, who exactly is Matt LaChappa?  I wasn’t aware of this individual before playing the tournament but learned an awful lot about his struggles and past.  Matt was drafted #2 by the Padres in 1993 straight out of El Capitan high school and had the makings to be a big time pitcher in the Major leagues. While warming up in the minors Matt suffered back to back heart attacks due to an enlarged heart and his life was quickly changed forever.  Read this story by Tim Sullivan in the Union Tribune, “Padres Continue to Treat Fallen LaChappa as One of their Own.” Baseball Reference: Check out Matt’s statistics

As an avid Padres fan, it was amazing to learn that the Padres have signed Matt to a life long contract to provide insurance to help with his medical bills, for that we give a HUGE round of applause to the Padres organization.

The scholarship fund was created in Matt’s name to provide scholarships to help young athletes in San Diego’s East County reach their dreams of attending college.   Over 150 scholarships have been awarded over the past decade, helping send local athletes to schools such as Stanford, UC Berkeley, San Diego State University, University of Arizona, UC Santa Barbara, UC San Diego and Boston University.

The golf tournament was perfectly ran by the organization and there wasn’t an issue in the entire tournament.  From start to finish they did an awesome job running the charity golf tournament.

My good friend Larry Banegas from the Kumeyaay Tribe invited me to golf with them.  Please take a moment and check out Larry’s website, www.kumeyaay.com, a site dedicated to the preservation of the Kumeyaay history.

Our group overall shot a -6 which I was pretty happy with, considering I didn’t deliver much to the cause.  It was a best ball scramble and we had 2 young college kids doing great on the course.  For those of you that haven’t played Barona, I encourage you to put it on your list of courses to play.   For an amateur, the course can be pretty difficult, if you put it off the fairway be prepared to look for your ball in snake country.  (We only saw 4 on the course!).  The numerous “Rattlesnake Warning” signs will make you think twice about climbing in to that brush for the ball.

To wrap up we wanted to extend our thanks to the LaChappa organization for putting on a terrific tournament and we wish Matt and his family the best.  We will definitely be attending this tournament again next year!


Hole in One! You Won! Oh wait a minute!

18 May, 08:43, by admin Tags: , , ,

Golf charity tournaments are fantastic ways for charities to raise money while bringing awareness of their cause in a fun filled golf day.  We’re all very used to playing in charity tournaments and coming across the “Hole in One” hole where you can win thousands of dollars, new cars, trips around the world and so on.

If you’re like most of us, you’re about 10 yards from the green on these “special holes” so you never even give a thought to nailing that hole-in-one.

A story published today in the UT San Diego titled “Congrats, you’ve won $18k, now good luck collecting” caught our attention here at 18for4.  Two years ago, Troy Peissig was playing in a charity golf contest in Montana and knocked in a 170 yard hole-in-one hole. The person to ace the hole won $18,000!  Well 2 years later he hasn’t seen a dime.  Apparently the company that insured the hole in one has failed to pay and is running a golf charity hole-in-one scam.

The Montana commissioner of securities and insurance has said Kevin Kolenda of www.hole-in-won.com has been unresponsive in the case and now faces felony charges.

“The agency said Kolenda also has failed to pay in other cases around the country, and continues to operate the scam without a license to sell insurance even though he has been sanctioned by regulators in Alabama, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Nevada, North Carolina, and Washington.”

This extremely bothered us that this would happen to charities while trying to raise money for their cause, but not surprising!  As avid golfers we just wanted to discuss this story in our blog so that tournament directors will know to do their due diligence when researching the MANY companies out there that offer insurance or other services for charity golf tournaments.

Happy Golfing!

A Golf Adventure

Golfing with Rock 105.3     This has been an adventure as I discover all the people who like playing in Charity Golf Tournaments. Last Sunday was one of those days.

Probably wasn’t my best day of golf, but the company made the day very enjoyable. This was my first time golfing with Eddie and Costa from the Rock 105.3 morning show, and a lucky “call in” winner who I had also never met, and thankfully Josh was a great addition to our foursome.

I have been listening to the Rock 105.3 morning show for years, and am a fan. So I was a little nervous meeting the guys for the first time, and not to mention that if my game was off that day I would be the butt of a bunch jokes on air for the next week. (Made me over think my swing more than once) Eddie and Costa turned out to be a couple of really genuine guys to spend a day on the course with. I look forward to the next time we get to play in a tournament together.

There are plans in the works with the radio station to participate in several upcoming charity golf tournaments. We are really hoping to get call in winners like Josh to join us at every tournament.

The tournament benefited the Zoofari Foundation that rescues unreleasable wild life here in southern California. Jackie Navarro did a great job organizing this event bringing some of the animals to the course for personal introductions. She did turn a lot of heads as she walked a cheetah through the Lake San Marcos Country Club.

Darren McKnight- 18for4.com

The star of the show.
Almost a scene from the ‘Gator Boys”