Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Christian Golfers Honor Nicklauses

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Christian Golfers Honor Nicklauses

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Byline: Brian Kosoy, Shorelines columnist

The Fellowship of Christian Athletes held its 18th annual International Pro-Am golf tournament at the Tournament Players Club at Sawgraw on Monday. This year's event honored Barbara and Jack Nicklaus for their years of service and dedication to the organization.

PGA Commissioner Tim Finchem was on hand to welcome the Nicklauses at the evening awards reception and Jim Awtrey, CEO of PGA of America, introduced the couple to the appreciative crowd.

"We were pleased to have the opportunity to thank Barbara and Jack in person for their 16 years investing in the lives of young people for Jesus Christ," said Dean Bouzeos, executive director of the national FCA Golf Ministry and one of the event's organizers.

Although Nicklaus didn't play in the tournament, he took pictures with every team. Each team consisted of one professional and three amateurs. More than 23 professional competed. Prizes were given to the top three foursomes in both the men's and women's divisions. Each prize package contained an autographed memento from Nicklaus.

Notable professionals who competed in the event included Loren Roberts, David Gossett, Andy Bean, Morris Watalsky, Joe Inman, Denise Kilean, Nanci Bowen, Susie Redman, Maggie Will and Michelle McGann.

The annual Pro-Am tournament benefits FCA's 18 national junior golf camps. The money raised from the tournament and its corresponding events fund the program for the year. Bouzeos said the event was very close to meeting its goal of raising $125,000 for the organization. The annual golf tournament has raised more than $3 million for FCA since its inception.

"This event has been a labor of love for both [of] us," Barbara Nicklaus said in a press release. "We are so proud to see the growth and acceptance of the event since our first one in 1985."

The tournament was moved to the TPC's Stadium Course last year and was expanded this year to include a two-day Club Pro-Am Tournament and a separate challenge match between club professionals. The first round of the event was played on The King and The Bear Course; the second was played on The Slammer and The Squire Course, both at the World Golf Village in St. …

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