Jan. 14, 2014
UCF Athletics Social Media Directory
By Jennifer Clark
ORLANDO, Fla. (UCFKnights.com) - The third annual UCF Softball Celebrity Golf Tournament was a huge hit with over 90 golfers showing up to Shingle Creek Golf Resort to support the UCF softball program in preparation for the 2014 season.
With a noon shotgun start, participants arrived to Shingle Creek golf course for a day of beautiful weather highlighted by clear, blue skies and cool temperatures.
Head coach Renee Luers-Gillispie, the entire UCF coaching staff and the players were on hand to meet and mingle with golfers and offer support along the 18-hole course.
"The turnout today was incredible," said Luers-Gillispie. "We had an amazing turnout with over 90 golfers this year. We started this event three years ago with just 55 or 60 golfers, and for the past two seasons we've had to turn people away as the event has grown bigger and better. It was a perfect day for this event and to see everyone here to support our program is just tremendous."
Celebrity guest and MLB legend Johnny Damon, along with MLB star Rafael Betancourt, helped the Knights' softball program host another successful golf tournament.
Among the celebrity supporters were NFL legend Buffalo Bills linebacker Darryl Talley, Dolly Konwinski from the 1940's Memphis Chicks Women's Professional Baseball "A League of their Own", Houston Astros 2012 first-round pick George Springer III and Boston Red Sox first-round picks Brian Johnson and Tim Roberson.
UCF Athletic Director Todd Stansbury and Associate Athletic Director Joe Simon teamed up to support the Knights, along with UCF soccer head coach Bryan Cunningham and UCF minor league baseball players Chris Duffy and Ronnie Richardson.
The 2014 golf tournament was a great success thanks to all of the participants, donors, sponsors and UCF volunteers, which included the Johnny Damon Foundation, Jersey Mike's Subs, Bubbalou's Famous BBQ and UCF softball players and families.
Following the dinner banquet, assistant coach Ruben Felix emceed the "chance to win" portion of the event, which featured cool prizes like a flight for two anywhere in the US from American Airlines and autographed memorabilia from UCF, current MLB players and former sports legends. All monies raised will go towards chairback seats for UCF softball stadium and other complex upgrades.
Looking ahead, the Knights are gearing up for their 2014 campaign with their home-opener against Long Island University-Brooklyn just weeks away on Feb. 7.