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Golden Tee players smash fundraising record

Over $75,000 Raised for Salute

September 7, 2010
By Canadian Vending



Golden Tee players smash fundraising record
The biggest weekend of the year for Golden Tee players
has come and gone, but the Players Charity Championship will not soon
be forgotten. 

Sept. 7, 2010 – The biggest weekend of the year for Golden Tee players has come and gone, but the Players Charity Championship will not soon be forgotten.

Golden Tee 
The final four “salute” winner Jeff Lannen on his victory. From left,

Chris Thorbrogger of Minneapolis, Mark Stenmark of Houston, winner
Lannen and Tony Johnson of Minneapolis.



72 players gathered together in Palatine, IL at Splinter’s Sports Pub on August 27-29. As tournament co-director Lance Bertram stated to the crowd after the first day of competition, “As a group we may not be the best looking bunch or have the most money – but we sure have the biggest heart. You guys are really something. You made history today!”

After all the donations were counted, the unbelievable total of $75,110 was raised for Salute, Inc., the Chicago-area organization dedicated to helping veterans and their families.

Golden Tee 
Salute co-founders Will and Mary Beth Beiersdorf and their son Chris

are presented with a check for $75,110 by the PCC organizers.
left, Lance Bertram of Chicago, Steve Churak of Chicago,
Casey Brock of
Houston and Jon Biedermann of Philadelphia.



“Incredible Technologies was looking for the right opportunity to celebrate our 25th anniversary,” said Gary Colabuono, IT’s marketing director. “When the Golden Tee players approached us with the idea of a conducting a third player’s charity championship, we knew we had the perfect venue. It couldn’t have gone better, and the players busted their butts raising money for Salute.”

Besides the main tournament with its $25,000 purse, events during the weekend included a closest-to-the-pin contest sponsored by the World Championship of Fantasy Football, a Legends of the Game senior tournament, a real golf outing, and a one-hour set by Ira Dean, the Nashville rocker who penned the It’s Golden Tee anthem.

“What a weekend!” exclaimed Steve Churak, co-tournament director. “Everyone had a great time and it’s hard to imagine a more generous group of guys. Salute will put the money we raised to good use helping our veterans. It was one of those ‘feel good’ experiences that are so rare these days. We want to thank everyone who helped make this possible.”

Jeff Lannen of Ladd, IL was the winner of the $3,000 top prize. For more information go to the official recap page at