2017 The First tee of Monmouth & ocean Classic
Monday, August 7, 2017
Mr. Dennis Walters & Bucky
2017 Ace Award RecipienTS
About The First Tee of MonMouth & Ocean Classic
The First Tee of Monmouth & Ocean Classic is an annual event in its 11th year in 2017. The Classic is always a golf-centric event with the utmost attention focused on a great golfing experience for the many players who support the cause. This event is the largest fundraiser of the year to support the good work of The First Tee and its dual mission to positively impact the lives of young people via the game of golf while providing access and opportunity to populations of kids who would typically not engage in golfing. The chapter has a specific focus on reaching under-represented minorities, children impacted by family financial hardships, females, and children with special needs. Scholarships are provided to any children who have financial barriers & equipment is provided to all. To learn more about the good work of The First Tee click here: learn more
Hollywood Golf Club is a private club located in Deal, New Jersey.
Hollywood Golf Club was established in 1898 and moved to the present location in 1912. Walter Travis, who designed the course and was an early member of the Club, was one of the great names in early American golf. He won the U.S. Amateur three times and his victory in the 1904 British Amateur made him the first foreigner to win that revered championship. The Travis designed course (completed in 1918) quickly established its reputation as one of the best in the nation, according to Metropolitan Golfer, by hosting a national championship, the USGA Women’s Amateur in 1921.
The Club has since been host for many notable matches and tournaments.
The professional staff has also represented the Club well in competition and in their respective associations. Craig Wood (1932 to 1935) went on to win both the United States Open and the Masters in 1941. While head professional at Hollywood, Wood won a state PGA (1932), a state Open (1934), finished second in the U.S. Open (1935) and was victimized by Gene Sarazen’s unbelievable double eagle in the 1935 Masters. The beloved Lou Barbaro (1947 to 1976), a member of the New Jersey Golf Hall of Fame and pro tour winner, won the New Jersey Open (1953,1959) and the state PGA (1952). Jack Forrester, Harold Sanderson, George Fotheringham, and Larry Mullen have also held the position of head professional at Hollywood. Mike Killian (1991 to 2000) played in four U.S. Amateurs and was named to the Walker cup team in 1973. He later played in both the Masters and U.S. Open. Ron McDougal, head professional (2001-2006) has won the National Club Pro Championship once and finished in the top three four times. Ron also played on three PGA Cup Teams and won the New York State Open. Kevin Weyeneth, our current Head Professional, worked as an assistant under Ron McDougal since 2001 and then became our Head Golf Professional in 2007. He had prolific training in the golf business before coming to Hollywood, working at both Forsgate Country Club and Baltusrol Golf Course. He learned how to play the game of golf under the watchful eye of current CBS announcer and six-time Ryder Cup team member, Peter Oosterhuis. Kevin kept the winning tradition alive at Hollywood by becoming the 2007 PGA Head Professional Champion, his first tournament entered as Head Golf Professional.
In 2014 famed architect Tom Doak of Renaissance Golf Design finished a complete restoration of the course in the original Walter Travis design. The course has been consistently highly ranked by Golf Digest & Golfweek, a tribute to its various architects, its current staff and, of course, the membership.
About Dennis Walters
Dennis Walters, a Neptune native, is a world-renowned trick shot artist and paraplegic golfer who shares his inspirational message of hope and perseverance nationwide via the Dennis Walters Golf Show.
Injured in a golf cart accident over 43 years ago, Dennis found there were a lot of things he couldn’t do as a result. But there was no way he was giving up playing golf! With an adapted cart and amazing perseverance, Dennis and his trusty canine assistants now spread the word of The First Tee core values to kids across the United States at free and fun shows each year.
An honorary PGA Member, Walters has performed more than 3,000 shows and has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2008 PGA Distin- guished Service Award and the Ben Hogan Award by the Golf Writers Association of America.
- 2017 The First Tee of Monmouth and Ocean Classic
Join us at the spectacular and renowned Hollywood Golf Course on Monday, August 7th, 2017! A fantastic day of golf for a fantastic cause! Honoring Mr. Dennis Walters and his trusty assistant "Bucky" with the prestigious 2017 First Tee Ace Award.
- August 7, 2017 at 10:00 am
- August 7, 2017 at 6:00 pm