The first golf tournament staged by the local Real Men Wear Pink (RMWP) fundraising campaign for breast cancer brought home more than $13,000 on Oct. 7, when 21 foursomes played the 18-hole course at Blue Sky Golf Club. Each foursome competed to see who could take first prize on the Arnold Palmer Signature Designed course after trick golf pro Rocky “Rockstar” Shipes kicked off the tournament.
The foursomes included company teams from the Jacksonville Icemen, North Florida Medical Center, Suddath, Jacksonville Transportation Authority, Sleiman Enterprises and Rainbow Shades, among others.
Shipes opened play with a trick shot par 4 hole-in-one challenge.
Tournament winners were: First: RMWP participant Todd Frankman, Joe Harvey, Chris Seely, and Rob Bydlick. Second: Former Jacksonville Jaguars players and RMWP alumni David Garrard and Adam Podlesh, Chandler Coto, and Zach Tucker. Third: Executive Director of Community Development for the American Cancer Society Mel Toran, former Jacksonville Jaguars player Drayton Florence, Ramone George and Montrel Wells.
Andre Green was closest to the pin; Adam Podlesh got longest carry and Drayton Florence achieved the longest drive.
“A huge thanks needs to go out to all our sponsors and all those who participated in the tournament,” said 2019 RMWP Co-Chair Victor Patel. “Without their support, we wouldn’t be able to continue doing such amazing things like this event. This was our inaugural tournament and I am so proud of the work our entire team put in to make it such a success.”