Davie man leads First Tee golf marathon fundraisers
Stan Schachne of Davie loves to play golf, as evidenced by his annual participation in First Tee–Broward’s 100-Hole Golf Challenge.
Schachne, 64, a local architect/general contractor, has played 272 holes – 100 holes twice in one day, including the past two years and 72 holes when shortened due to bad weather in his first year .
Once again, Schachne was the top fundraiser for First Tee–Broward’s 100-Hole Golf Challenge event, as he raised an additional $12,655 to bring his three-year total to over $36,000.
“Many of my clients, family and friends have contributed again this year,” said Schachne, who topped the fundraising rankings ahead of Shelby Coyle of Pembroke Pines, assistant golf professional at Weston Hills Club, who finished second for the second consecutive year. year raising $5,852.
“I was very lucky,” he said. “There were 87 people who donated to me this year. I think it’s a very good group of people who have done this. Many people who have contributed to me will be doing their own fundraising over the course of the year, so I will try to contribute in kind. I had a lot of $100 donors. I had between $20 and $1,000.
Coyle has played at Lago Mar this year since the Weston Hills Tour course is undergoing renovations and is now closed on Mondays for maintenance.
“It was a nice change of environment. I used to play Lago Mar often as a member and in high school on the American Heritage Golf Team, so it was nice to go back and see the changes,” Coyle said. “This year I set my best time. I knew the forecast was for afternoon rain and I’ve already been stopped by the lightning alarm, so I had extra motivation to finish higher. I started around 6:56 and finished at 1:47, so I finished in less than eight hours.
“I completed the first 18 holes in an hour,” Coyle said. “After that my pace for a round was about an hour and 15 minutes. I stopped once for a late lunch to complete the last 10 holes. When I was done it was so nice to watch the hour and realizing that I had most of the day to do what I wanted, mostly showering and sleeping. I found out that later in the afternoon, around 4 p.m., it was raining , so I’m glad I finished way earlier. Overall it was a hot but fun day.
With one more date at Parkland Golf and Country Club in early October, the 100-Hole Golf Challenge raised $67,071 of its $120,000 goal and there were 673 donors. For every $100 donation, donors are entered into a raffle to play and stay at Pebble Beach.
Last year, they raised a record $97,856 for the organization’s programming when 66 golfers joined 951 donors.
The goal is for each player to play a minimum of 100 holes of golf in a single day. Each player pledges to raise funds in support of First Tee-Broward’s mission to impact the lives of young people, including those with special needs and veterans by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices. by golf.
Money raised helps many First Tee programs, including golf course programs with over 600 students at 13 different courses: life skills/awareness programs with over 400 students at 11 locations, including Boys & Girls Clubs of Broward, Children’s Harbour, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital, Deerfield Beach Parks & Rec and more.
There are also school physical education programs, staffed by 16,000 students in 32 elementary/middle schools in Broward County; Special needs programs with 200 students at seven sites and veterans programs with over 60 veterinarians at four sites.
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Tee-Broward’s first operations manager, Sean Kicker, said he hoped they could at least match last year’s record number.
“It supports between 60% and 70% of all of our programming,” he said. “This year has been a little more difficult than previous years. I think the economy has something to do with it, everyone feeling the punch.
“At every event we host, we talk about the 100-hole challenge. We rely on our group of ambassadors to do most of the recruiting for this. We have about 30 ambassadors, and we hope they will contact us and let someone know what we do and how we do it. We have these fundraisers and the 100 hole challenge and can you help us. You can play more than 5 rounds of golf in very beautiful places.
Ryan Shimony of Parkland, a Stoneman Douglas junior, was third with $4,888 raised, while Adam Spiegel of Fort Lauderdale, a tax partner, raised $4,189 and Drew DiAlberto of Weston, event chairman, raised $3,682. Former First Tee-Broward operations manager Jack Bloomfield, a Coral Springs resident, placed fifth with $3,369.
The First Tee has two additional fundraisers coming up. The first is its annual fall golf tournament, held for the Royal Palm Yacht & Country Club, a Jack Nicklaus signature golf course in Boca Raton, on Oct. 10.
Kicker said they have also finalized an Oct. 12 date to play the Reese Jones Par 3 course at Coral Ridge Country Club with an 8 a.m. tee time. They are looking for 2-player teams using an alternate shooter format. Kicker said they need 16 players to fill this event.
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