Do you live in the Mid-Atlantic/can get here easily and safely, and are tired of all these fancy Refuge events in warm places with shiny new clubs on boring, modern golf courses? Let’s fix that.
Who: Me, and also you. Maybe other folks, too.
What: Golf of the archaic variety (if desired)
When: The last Saturday of September or the first Saturday of October
Where: Somewhere in the DC/Baltimore area (will depend on date preferences)
Why: Because DC and Baltimore have been woefully neglected by both the PGA Tour and the Refuge Tour and we should change that
The plan is to hold a normal tournament for all comers, and also a tournament within that tournament. Everyone is welcome to sign up and play in the big tournament for the big prizes (probably a case of Natty Boh or a one-month supply of Old Bay)…
…but hidden within that tournament will be a tournament of exceptional skill and danger, not for the faint of heart. A tournament for those playing with classic blade irons (pre-1990) and wooden drivers. Will there be local rule adaptations for those players to bring back the thrill of an over-the-shoulder drop? Perhaps. Will we have long drive competitions and other tests of skill and cunning with spare classic clubs for everyone to participate in? Absolutely. Will I encourage you to dress up like you’re playing in a PGA tournament in 1976? Undoubtedly. Will the winner(s) of that tournament receive prizes beyond their wildest imagination? Probably not, it’s pretty short notice and hopefully we’ll be giving most of the money to charity.
Here’s what I need from you now: just answer the two polls below and read up on the important information at the end.
Are you in?
- Leaning Yes
- Depends on the Date
If you’re interested, what date works best for you?
- September 26th
- October 3rd
Now for the important stuff:
Proceeds and donations from this event are going to go to the Living Classrooms Foundation. The LCF is a Baltimore–DC nonprofit that disrupts the cycle of poverty and helps our community become safer, stronger, and healthier by meeting individuals where they are and building skills for life. Living Classrooms inspires children, youth, and adults to achieve their potential through hands-on education, workforce development, health and wellness, and violence prevention programming.
Specifically, we’ll be donating to the LCF’s Community Needs Fund, which is providing much-needed aid and services to families in the area during the pandemic. From their website, the Community Needs Fund helps LCF “provide critical support and services including distribution of food, hygiene, and essential household items; remote hands-on learning, regular well-being check-ins, and help for the unemployed to access resources and connections to current high demand jobs. The Fund will help us serve our most vulnerable community members during the current pandemic and anticipated future impact.”
Even if you’re not interested in participating in the tournament, I encourage you to click around their website for a while—the sheer volume of work they’re doing in Baltimore and DC is beyond inspiring.
That’s all I’ve got for now. If you’re super interested and willing to help me track down responses from courses once we lock in a date, DM me.