Here’s one golf outing prize that’s sure to attract some attention. One participating golfer in this weekend’s third annual Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic Tournament could walk away with a limited edition candy apple red Garia Golf Car. All they’ll need to do is fire a hole-in-one on the Garia Luxury Golf and Leisure Car sponsored hole.
The Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic Tournament is taking place at Atlantic City Country Club in New Jersey. The event is the largest annual fundraiser for The Michael Phelps Foundation and brings together celebrities, industry professionals, family and friends for a great cause. The 2011 Michael Phelps Golf Classic successfully raised nearly $300,000 for the Foundation’s programs.
The Garia Hole-in-One car is a street legal four-seat Garia that was built at one of Europe’s finest automotive factories with a track-record of manufacturing Porsche. Luxury features include a built-in refrigerator, hand-stitched seats, and 12” wheels.
“At Garia, we are passionate about what we do and dedicated to performance. We are thrilled to be part of this charity event and to be collaborating with an organization as inspiring and committed as the Michael Phelps Foundation”, said Anders Lynge, designer of the Garia.
Michael Phelps established his foundation with bonus money he received from long-time sponsor Speedo for winning eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Games. The Foundation’s first initiative was a nationwide tour to share Phelps’ Olympic experience and promote his message of Dream, Plan, Reach with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs. Since then, the Foundation has developed and launched the im program, helped establish Level Field Fund-Swimming, a grant giving program that provides funding to uniquely talented swimmers in need of financial assistance, and offers autographed swim caps for charity auctions through Caps-for-a-Cause. The Michael Phelps Foundation also provides support to Boys & Girls Clubs and Special Olympics international through its water-safety, health and wellness curriculum.
The stars will be out in full force for the 39th Ryder Cup matches next week at Medinah Country Club, just west of Chicago, IL. Celebrities, entertainers and sports stars will be paired with past Ryder Cup Captains to play a 10-hole golf event.
Expected to attend are Bill Murray, Justin Timberlake, Michael Phelps and George Lopez along with local Chicago sports legends Ernie Banks, Richard Dent, Stan Mikita and Scottie Pippen. The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble golf event will take place on Tuesday, September 25, three days before the Ryder Cup officially gets underway.
Participating past Ryder Cup Captains will include Ben Crenshaw, Tom Kite, Tom Lehman, Corey Pavin, Dave Stockton, Hal Sutton, Lee Trevino and former CBS commentator Lanny Wadkins. The Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble golf event will start at 1PM CT, on the first day of official 2012 Ryder Cup practice rounds. Fans with tickets for Tuesday’s sold-out practice round will also be able to watch the scramble.
In addition, juniors age 17 and under will be admitted free of charge to the grounds on all practice round days – Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday – during Ryder Cup week if accompanied by a ticket-bearing adult. A maximum of two junior tickets may be obtained per Ryder Cup ticketed adult on these days at the Admission Sales/Will Call Office. Junior tickets are available on these days regardless of the fact that tickets have been sold out since last year.
“The 2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble will be a lot of fun to watch and is another great activity that Ryder Cup fans who are attending Tuesday’s practice round can enjoy,” said 2012 Ryder Cup Director Michael Belot. “Our participating celebrities and past Ryder Cup Captains are excited to bring their best golf games to Medinah.”
2012 Ryder Cup Captains & Celebrity Scramble
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Medinah Country Club
Michael Phelps may be the most successful Olympian of all time with 22 medals, but the swimming legend will definitely be like a fish out of water in his next endeavor. Phelps was recently announced as the next participant of the popular Golf Channel show “The Haney Project”, where he’ll work to improve his golf swing. Season five of the show will begin production in September and will once again be hosted by top golf teaching professional Hank Haney as he works with his star pupil to improve their golf game.
This edition of “The Haney Project” will follow Michael Phelps and Haney in their golf lessons as well as interviews with Phelps’ mother, Debbie Phelps, and his longtime swim coach Bob Bowman. Phelps eagerness to expose his golf game to the world is courageous and seems to be a logical next step for the man who has accomplished nearly everything in the swimming pool.
“As I enter this next chapter of my life, I think I will be able to shift my competitiveness to anything I put my mind to and golf is one of the things I want to focus on,” said Phelps. “I want to play all the world’s great golf courses, but I’d like to play them well. I’m excited about this project with Golf Channel and I’m looking forward to working with Hank and see what we can do together on the golf course.”
Hank Haney is best known for teaching PGA Tour stars such as Tiger Woods and Mark O’Meara. Haney owns and operates four teaching facilities in the Dallas, Texas area and has worked with celebrities such as Charles Barkley, Ray Romano, Rush Limbaugh and Adam Levine in previous seasons of “The Haney Project”. Haney was named in the PGA Teacher of the Year in 1993 and has been named a Top 100 Teacher multiple times by Golf Digest, Golf Magazine and Golf World.
Phelps has shown a passion for the game of golf, previously hosting his own charity golf tournament, The Michael Phelps Foundation Golf Classic. The event benefits his Foundation and its mission of growing the sport of swimming and promoting healthy and active lives. The Michael Phelps Foundation was founded with the $1 million bonus the swimmer received from Speedo after winning his 8th Gold Medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Based on this video of Michael Phelps golf swing, Phelps’ world-class athletic ability could be a springboard for a low handicap, especially working with a golf coach of Hank Haney’s caliber. Phelps already has tremendous flexibility and a huge shoulder turn that should produce intense clubhead speed once properlu calibrated on “The Haney Project”.