Saturday fundraiser for golfers’ long drive

ENGLEWOOD — Local golfers Tyler Beasley and Justin Robinson have a chance to compete in the Re/MAX World Long Drive Golf Championship later this month, but they need a little help from the community to get there.

Beasley and Robinson are organizing a golf fundraiser at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Palms golf course on 266 Rotonda Circle, Rotonda, to fund their trip to Mesquite, Nev., for the Sept. 23-27 competition.

“We’ve had a lot of great responses,” Beasley said. “The golf community here has given generously. Nine (courses) have already contributed.”

Beasley and Robinson have known each other since sixth grade and both went to the Golf Academy of America in Orlando in 2008 and compete professionally in long drive competitions. Beasley has played golf professionally since 2010 and has done exhibitions for the Wounded Warrior Project, a nonprofit dedicated to helping severely injured servicemen, and First Tee of St. Petersburg, a youth development golf program.

“I wanted to be a pro golfer when I went to (Arnold Palmer’s) Bay Hill (Club & Lodge) to watch top guys like Tiger Woods and J.B. Holmes,” Beasley said. “I felt it was right for me.”

Beasley said he loves to teach as much as he loves to play.

“I had a lady come to me who was an 18 handicap and work with her to a nine handicap,” he said.

Beasley works as an assistant golf pro at Rotonda Golf & Country Club at The Hills and the Palms courses. Robinson works as superintendent of grounds at Oyster Creek Golf Club in Englewood.

“I like what I do as superintendent, but I like hitting better,” Robinson said. “I’m excited for this event.”

The fundraiser will start with a long drive exhibition at 3:30 p.m. before the scramble at 4 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for the top three places, closest to the pin and longest drive. There will be a 50/50 raffle. A hole-in-one will earn the golfer a 2013 Rotonda Golf & Country Club membership, according to a press release.

“Admission is $40 per player and competes in a four-person team,” Beasley said. “We have about 25 teams registered so far. We raised about $500 so far. Tournament is scramble, so whoever shoots the lowest wins.”

To register, sponsor a hole or for more information, call 941-697-8118.

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About Tom

Tom Chang is a freelance journalist with a background in multimedia journalism and web publishing. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Journalism and Media Studies from the University of South Florida St.Petersburg. He graduated in 2004 with a Bachelors Degree in Mass Communications at USF Tampa. Tom's interests include a little bit of everything from entertainment to sports. He also wishes to delve into creative writing writing sci-fi/fantasy stories. Tom was recently the Online Editor for USF St. Petersburg's the Crow's Nest, he joined the staff in January 2010 where he started freelance writing, photographing, copy editing and later became a staff writer. Tom’s freelance experience in journalism amassed a wide range of companies including Creative Loafing, The Focus Magazine, Lutz News, Examiner.com, and Tampa Tribune.
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