El Macero Country Club put its best foot forward on Monday July 25th in hosting their Fourth Annual El Macero CC Pro-Am in support of local charitable organizations. Staged in conjunction with the Northern California PGA, fifteen Northern California club professionals along with their four person teams competed in the event.
The day’s events kicked off with Jonathan Sparks, a 51-year old Special Olympics’ athlete singing the National Anthem. Sparks is a special needs athlete from The First Tee of Greater Sacramento’s California Eagles program. He is a veteran to Special Olympics of Northern California games competing in golf and other sports.
“We are proud and gratified to have hosted an event that assures participants have an enjoyable day while also raising significant funds for local charities,” explained David Knox, head golf professional at El Macero. “Our entire staff pitches in to give back to our community. It’s a long day and we all head home tired, but with an incredible sense of satisfaction about doing some good for others in need.”
Sara Scarlett, Woodland High School graduating senior, delivered the keynote address to participants at the after-golf dinner. Scarlett explained her passion for golf and her appreciation for her college scholarship from the Morton Golf Foundation. She will be playing college golf in the fall at the University of Texas, Austin.
Proceeds from the event will be split between the Morton Golf Foundation, the Northern California PGA Foundation, and the Men’s and Women’s golf teams from UC Davis. Each of these worthy organizations has a significant impact on the lives of area youth through grants, scholarships, and other support.
Bob Rubin, an El Macero CC member and board member from Morton Golf Foundation, serves as chairperson for the event. “We take a great deal of pride in the partnerships we’ve developed over the course of this tournament,” he explained. “Our efforts have helped us raise funds that make positive impacts in our community.”