Making Memories One Year at A Time
Now in it’s fourth year, The First Tee of Lake Erie’s Memorial Day Exhibition helps bring special people in golf to the Toledo area. With the focus of sparking the interest in golf of younger generations, attendees are exposed to some of the biggest names in golf. The ability to ask questions and walk side by side with these players gives kids memories they will never forget.
The 2017 exhibition brought on a little different show for the area kids. The Dennis Walters Golf Show set up on the first tee box at Inverness Club and boomed balls down the fairway with all sorts of different clubs. As he was hitting away he even had the time to ask his dog Bucky how many times Inverness Club has hosted a PGA Major. To the crowds surprise Bucky followed up with an answer of 6 barks! Not only did Dennis hit great shots, including one with a ball on fire, he also brought some friends from out of town. Former exhibition attendee Zac Blair and The Golf Channels PGA Tour insider Tim Rosaforte also joined in on the day.
The 2016 exhibition brought Zac Blair all the way from Utah to Toledo. Blair is a former NCAA All-American at Brigham Young University, second year PGA Tour player and golf course designer. Before the clinic and exhibition began The First Tee of Lake Erie, Inverness Club and Promedica announced that they will all be partnering on a project to build a practice facility and youth leadership center on the back of Inverness. After the news was announced Blair and representatives from all three organizations enjoyed the beautiful day with a friendly exhibition. Blair really showed off his skill birdieing the first four holes.
We were honored to have Olin Browne lead our clinic, which was followed by a 9-hole exhibition. It was the first time that Browne had been back to Inverness Club since he won the 2011 U.S. Senior Open there. Along with Browne, The First Tee of Lake Erie President Alan Fadel and Ohio State University golfers Will Grimmer and Jack Mancinotti played a two man best ball match. The highlight of the day came when Browne sealed the match for him and Fadel by holing out for eagle on the eighth hole.
A budding superstar made his way to Inverness Club. In front of our largest crowd Jordan Speith fielded every question The First Tee of Lake Erie participants had to offer. With the participants by their side, Speith, Fadel, and USGA President Tom O’Toole, Jr. walked the historic fairways of Inverness. Following the exhibition Speith went on to have one of the best PGA Tour seasons of all time.