Tag San Diego Charity Golf Tournament

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.

18for4.com

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.

Darren

18for4

18for4.com A new Season for Charity Golf Tournaments

 

It is a new season of golf in the U.S., Tiger and Phil have already won tournaments in great fashion, but this is for the rest of us that play on a regular basis. Us Everyday golfers who will never be on TV, but still keep playing for the love of the game.

This is also for those golfers out there who enjoy “Charity Golf Tournaments”. That time when we play in a 4 man scramble format and we get to post an under par score. The score in not the best part of these local events because no matter how good or bad you played in a tournament, you feel good that you had a chance to play your favorite game with other like minded golfers in support of your community or your favorite charity. You know “Your Game Gives Back”!

I would like to take this opportunity to explain more about what 18for4 is doing, and what we hope to accomplish this year. By our calculations there are around 150,000 charity golf tournaments happening annually across the U.S., and a large percentage of them are struggling to find golfers in their community to participate due to the current economy. We also feel that there are people who don’t participate for the simple fact, they don’t know about these tournaments. We can’t tell you how many time we found out about a charity golf tournament from a friend who already played in the event by which time it had already happened and was too late for us to participate.

18for4 is working to fix this problem on the internet. We are a 100% FREE nonprofit “Listing – Finding- Sharing” site is dedicated to help any charity golf tournament in the U.S. who would like the support of the golfers in their community.

Listing- We have created and easy to use listing process. Similar to a Craig’s List post, a tournament will simply create a user name and password. From there a verifying email will be sent to the user from where they simply log back into site and fill out an easy to form to let everyone know about their event. This is not just a time and date registration this is everything you want to tell the public about your event and the charity this tournament supports. To make this the best listing site ever, we also added other FREE features that no one else is doing.

  • Upload a tournament Logo
  • Upload your Title sponsors Logo
  • Upload up to 20 additional sponsors logos
  • Tournament organizers contact information
  • Links to the charity’s website or link to online registration pages

Our hope is that a complete tournament listing will encourage golfers to contact the organizers of these events with out being asked and want to participate. In addition, we wanted sponsors to be recognized for their roll in these tournaments and their donations with more than just a sign in a Tee box that no one really pays attention too. Its not just the golfer that has been affected by this economy, but those important sponsors as well.

Finding- This solves the problem “Word Search” engines like Google and Bing have when a golfer is trying to find an event. The words “Charity-Golf-Tournament” are hardly ever used in the titles of these events. Searching these key words gets you everything else BUT a charity golf tournament as most of you already know.

We have made listings searchable by “LOCATION”. No log in or membership required, simply go to 18for4, click on search, enter your zip code and how far you would like to travel. That simple. All tournaments listed in that search radius will appear in a dated format listing only upcoming tournaments.

Sharing- Social networking has become a part of every day life as a way to communicate with friends. Every tournament listing has social network plug ins so as golfers are finding tournaments on site, they can also share the tournaments that interest them and they want to support to their Face Book, Twitter, Google+ and so on friends. So even if someone has never heard of 18for4 and knows about us, the word about an upcoming event will not go unnoticed. We hope golfers will follow these links back to tournaments to find out all the details of an event, sign up and participate, and share the listing again.

This beers repeating, 18for4 is a FREE public service. We realize that the word FREE on the internet means something else and free sites always have some kind of gimmick or premium service they charge for. This is not the case with 18for4. We love the game of golf and we love giving back to the community. This is our way of “Giving Back” and we know there are other golfers out there who share our same passions.

I hope you will share this Blog to your social networks and hope to see you on the golf course soon.

Thank you

Darren McKnight

President 18for4.com

The Wounded Marine Fund Charity Golf Tournament

Linda Gandy of www.thefairwaypartners.com posted a tournament to our site last week that got my attention, and as I started asking question, she put me in touch with the Co-Founder of the Wounded Marine Fund. Tweed Fox, father of CPL Michael FOX USMC who came back from his service a different man. I would like to share our conversation with you.

The Wounded Marine Golf tournament

October 13th at the La Costa Resort and Spa

More info- www.18for4.com/component/sobi2/?sobi2Task=sobi2Details&catid=0&sobi2Id=399

18for4- Can You tell me a little about the Wounded Marine Fund?

Tweed- The Wounded Marine Fund aids selected Wounded Marine Amputees, returning from our War on Terror (Afghanistan/Iraq/? in the future). The Fund provides financial aid in the form of a Trust for beneficiaries, that can be drawn from throughout their lifetime or until the trust has been depleted. As long as the purpose of the purpose of the withdrawal has to do with helping the beneficiary regain his/her independence, the funds would be tax free to the beneficiary. The Fund was created during a meeting to raise funds for Cpl Michael Fox (double amputee), my son. During the meeting, he told me he didn’t need all this, referring to the fundraising goal and he would like to help some of his boys. The light went on in my head and we were off to the races.

18for4- Michael sounds like a very unselfish man with what he has sacrificed to want to help his fellow Marines.

Tweed- Michael is the first beneficiary, since we were originally doing fundraising strictly for his benefit. Now that we have become “The Wounded Marine Fund,” as the result of Michael’s wishes, we plan to add 6 more beneficiaries by the end of the year, that will share in the success of our fundraising efforts.

18for4- There are several Local celebrities playing already in the tournament, How did you get so many big names involved for your first tournament?

Tweed- I have been personal friends with Willie Buchanon for nearly 20 years. He called me when he learned of what happened to Michael and offered me his support. When I told him a couple months later that we would be putting on a Celebrity Poker Tournament and a Celebrity Golf Tournament, he told me not to worry about getting Celebrities, he would make sure I would have all that I needed.

18for4- What is the future of the Wounded Marine Fund, and how can others help support if they can’t play golf?

Tweed- Unfortunately, there seems as though there will always be a need for the kind of support “The Wounded Marine Fund” can and will be providing. Besides San Diego, we plan on opening up Chapters in Texas and Maryland. These are normally the choices given these young heroes for their Physical Therapy and the implementation of their prosthetics. Should anyone want to help us “Help Heroes Heal” we urge them to visit our website @ www.TheWoundedMarineFund.com where they can register for any of our events, make donations, or volunteer. If they have any questions to be answered, I can be reached directly @ 1-855-our-wounded (1-855-687-9686)

18for4- Is there anything else you would like the public to know?

Tweed- What the public doesn’t realize is just how many of these young heroes there are. They just don’t get the exposure they should be getting. More than 2,000 of these Sons and Daughters of ours have returned from Afghanistan alone, as multiple amputees. They have paid a heavy price for our freedom and deserve better. We would ask that you support our two upcoming Fundraisers. The first fundraiser is a Celebrity Poker and Casino night on 10/12/12 @6 pm at the world famous La Costa Resort and Spa. The second is our Celebrity Golf Tournament on 10/13/12 at 9 am at the same venue. Please visit our website @ www.TheWoundedMarineFund.com and then on to our events page for links to register for these events. Like our page ” http://www.facebook.com/TheWoundedMarineFund?ref=ts&fref=ts ” these are going to be world class events, and on behalf of “The Wounded Marine Fund” we would like to thank you for caring.

 

@18for4, we hope you will all share this blog with your friends to help support this cause.

2nd Annual Cheetah Conservation Golf Tournament

Cheetah Conservation Fund CHarity Golf TournamentRecently a tournament was posted to 18for4.com that caught our eye and we wanted to do a featured blog on the organization. Now the reason it caught our eye is that the tournament is being put on by the Cheetah Conservation Fund, and c’mon, who doesn’t like cheetahs!

Before I get into more about the Cheetah Conservation Fund, I wanted to put out the details for the golf tournament.  It sounds like it will be an amazing tournament and we highly recommend that you get a foursome to attend!

When: November 12, 2012
Where:  17166 StoneRidge Country Club Lane, Poway, CA, 92064
CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

To learn more about the Cheetah Conservation Fund, we got in touch with Caitlin Curry who is the Golf Tournament Coordinator for the Cheetah Conservation Fund/Southern California Chapter.  She was great to meet and we appreciate her in taking the time to tell us more about this great non-profit.

18for4:  So what exactly is the Cheetah Conservation Fund?

“Founded in 1990 in Namibia by Dr. Laurie Marker, the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) is an international non-profit dedicated to the development of the best practices in research, education, and land use for the conservation of cheetahs and their ecosystems, benefitting all species, including people.

The Southern California Chapter, founded in 2010, have become a strong force in furthering CCF’s mission “to be the world’s resource charged with protecting the cheetah and ultimately ensuring its future on our planet,” through local fundraising and education.   We know that our efforts half way around the world can make a huge difference!”

18for4:  How successful was last year’s charity golf tournament?

“Last year’s event was CCF’s first ever golf tournament and proved not only to be an effective fundraiser but a great venue for bringing new faces to the efforts of CCF.  This year’s players and supporters consisted of both cheetah conservation veterans and those new to the plight of the cheetah.  It was our chapter’s biggest event to date and we couldn’t have done it without the generous support of our members, old and new.  Last year’s tournament was a real success and we hope to see lots of new faces next year at our second annual golf tournament!”

18for4:  If you can’t make the tournament, how else can you support the Cheetah Conservation Fund?

“If you can’t make it to the tournament you can help by making a donation through our website, CCFSanDiego.weebly.com, just click on the link on the homepage that says “donate”.  On our website, you can also find out about our many other educational and fundraising events we host throughout the year.  You can also help by making a donation, or sponsoring a cheetah or Anatolian shepherd through Cheetah.org, or taking a trip to visit the Cheetah Conservation Fund in Namibia, Africa.  It would be trip you’d never forget!”

18for4:  How large is the organization?

“CCF has chapters in the USA, United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan and followers worldwide!  Go to Cheetah.org to find out more.”

18for4:  Anything else you’d like the public to know?

Cheetah.org – CCF official website
CCFSanDiego.weebly.com – Southern California Official Website
CheetahGolf.weebly.com – Golf Tournament Official Website
International Cheetah Day is December 4th.  We will be hosting dinner at the Elephant Bar in Rancho Bernardo, Torrance, Palm Desert to celebrate.  Download a flyer from our website and give it to your server and 20% of your bill will go back to helping save the cheetah!”

18for4 highly recommends attending this golf tournament and we wish them the best of luck!

Happy Golfing!

The 18for4 Team
http://www.18for4.com