(Owensboro, KY) Although the Green brothers are known for their driving talent on the racetrack, they will be using a different type of driver to tee off their first annual celebrity golf tournament presented by Emmick Oil Inc. on Tuesday, August...
(Owensboro, KY) Although the Green brothers are known for their driving talent on the racetrack, they will be using a different type of driver to tee off their first annual celebrity golf tournament presented by Emmick Oil Inc. on Tuesday, August 1, 2000 at the Summit Country Club in Owensboro, KY.
This is the first charity fundraiser endeavor for the Green brothers, David (42), Mark (41) and Jeff (37), who currently compete in the NASCAR Busch Series. David competes in the No. 34 AFG Glass Chevrolet, Mark drives the No. 63 Exxon Superflo Chevrolet and baby brother, Jeff, pilots the No. 10 Nestlé NesQuik Chevrolet. Each of their primary racing sponsors will serve as corporate partners for the golf event.
The brothers were born and raised in Owensboro, KY and even though they all reside in the Charlotte, NC area now, they still have strong ties to the town they were raised in.
"We all live in the Charlotte area because our racing careers brought us there, but the three of us consider Owensboro our hometown," said Jeff Green. "My wife and Mark's wife are both from Owensboro as well, so all of us still have many family members that live in the area."
Michael Waltrip, another Owensboro native, started this celebrity golf tournament in 1996 and for personal reasons, could not continue. In keeping with the spirit of community service, the Green brothers stepped in to host the event.
"Mike had a good thing going," said Mark Green. "He couldn't do the tournament this year, so David, Jeff and I felt that it needed to be carried on because it did so much for the community."
The NASCAR celebrities slated to attend are Darrell Waltrip, Michael Waltrip, Elliott Sadler, Jason Keller, Randy LaJoie, Kevin Grubb, Randy Tolsma, Bobby Hamilton, Jr. and Alan Bestwick.
The format for the golf tournament is a four-person scramble where participants designate their own team. Levels of participation range from $250 to $1,500. The teams will be handicapped and the shotgun start will begin at 11:30 a.m. Practice balls will be available starting at 9:30 a.m.
All golf tournament participants will receive a golf shirt, while the first, second and third place teams will receive a cash bonus. Prizes will also be awarded to the longest putt and the straightest drive. For the lucky golfer who scores the first hole-in-one on the designated hole, a new car, courtesy of Champion Ford-Lincoln-Mercury Mazda, will be awarded.
Following the tournament, there will be a dinner and memorabilia auction starting at 6 p.m. During dinner, the celebrity drivers will be on hand to sign autographs. Some of the larger items to be auctioned off are a Dale Earnhardt, Jr. uniform, a Steve Park uniform, a Steve Wariner signed guitar, a Nestlé NesQuik hood and footballs signed by Joe Gibbs and Brett Farve. The cost of the dinner ticket, if not participating in the golf tournament, is $50.
"We're very thankful for everyone who has helped us get this thing off and running," said David Green. "Our whole family is thrilled to be taking this on for the first time and we hope it goes so well that we can make it an annual event."
Proceeds from the golf tournament will benefit Muscular Dystrophy, the Owensboro Area Museum of Science, History Motors Sports Center and several other local charities.
For information on participating in the tournament, please call Emmick Oil Inc. at 1-800-544-5823 or write Green Brothers Celebrity Golf, c/o Emmick Oil Inc., P.O. Box 1914, Owensboro, KY 42302-1914.