Longest Day of Golf 2022 Recap
RICHMOND, Va. (Sept. 23, 2022) – The Longest Day of Golf serves as First Tee – Greater Richmond’s second-largest, single-day fundraiser each year. At the beginning of each yearly cycle, the organization’s Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) sets an annual fundraising goal. This year, they set a goal of raising $75,000; however, LAB crushed blew past that and raised $78, 584.
The money fundraised during the Longest Day of Golf goes towards First Tee – Greater Richmond’s vision—using golf as a platform to strengthen the character of our community. With that, the money that was raised will go towards youth programs in the greater Richmond area to provide opportunities to youth across three key areas: First Tee Programs, the First Tee School Program, and community partnerships.
This year, the event was hosted at Belmont. LAB members began their day at 7:30 am playing on Little Bell, warming up on six A.W. Tillinghast par-3 template holes. Next, they moved onto Belmont’s 12-hole course to play a 4-man best ball. After that, corporate sponsors scramble teams checked in to warm up and eat lunch provided by Café 804. Then, teams took to Belmont to play a 4-man scramble. To wrap up the day, participants got to partake in a cocktail hour, putt on The Ringer, continue playing on Little Bell and wait to see if they won in our Birdies for Charity raffle drawing.
Ben Gurley, LAB Chairman, said “the Longest Day of Golf is an amazing opportunity to engage the community through active, on-course participation – getting to really feel and see the facilities (and get to play the beautiful Belmont course!), meet the staff, talk with current and former First Tee students – in efforts to increase awareness of the First Tee’s presence and mission in Richmond.”.
The LAB serves as First Tee – Greater Richmond’s fundraising committee for the Longest Day of Golf. It is comprised of 20 volunteers and young professionals that are committed to the betterment of the greater Richmond community. Each member plays a vital role in raising individual sponsorships, corporate sponsorships, or raising awareness for the event and its cause. To learn more about LAB please contact First Tee – Greater Richmond Vice President for Communications & Engagement Bill Potter.
In 2021, First Tee Greater Richmond was able to serve over 97,000 youth in the Greater Richmond area through youth programming. We are proud to be able to support the youth in the greater Richmond community, and hope to continue to expand our outreach and raise even more funds!
“Moving forward we want to expand our outreach to LDOG participants because our goal is that they would connect with the First Tee beyond the event itself. Whether it be playing & practicing at the three Richmond facilities, volunteering for First Tee programs, donating their resources, or sending their kids to camp – we hope LDOG participants become lifelong supporters of the First Tee.”—Ben Gurley, LAB Chair.
PHOTO GALLERY FROM LONGEST DAY OF GOLF 2022: