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Boys and Girls Clubs of Carlsbad CEO Brad Holland, Steering Chair Randy Ferren, 2011 Honorary Chair Pete Sanchez posing with 1st Place Winners Tom Schmedeke, Rich Berman, Stephanie Tranberg, and Dan Brown in the 2011 Golf Tournament. Courtesy photo

Boys & Girls Club gears up for annual golf fundraiser

CARLSBAD — The Boys & Girls Club of Carlsbad is gearing up for its 60th annual golf tournament presented by TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company. The March 26 event promises a day of fun, great sportsmanship and giving back to the kids.Last year, the fundraiser raised $90,000. On this round they hope to raise $100,000 or more.

This year, the theme, “Clubs for a Brighter Future,” was chosen with TaylorMade in mind, because they have been the presenting sponsor for more than 10 years.

Mark King, CEO and president of TaylorMade-adidas Golf Company, was recently chosen as the tournament’s honorary chairman. The club has touted on numerous occasions how King has played an instrumental role in making the tournament a resounding success and the club wanted to recognize him for all that he has done.

The golf tournament is one of the club’s major fundraisers of the year, and each time they outdo themselves by surprising both new and repeat players.

“Last year, we came up with the idea to throw a golf-related VIP Appreciation Party for all our sponsors, a perk that over 100 people attended and enjoyed,” said Pat Maldi, director of marketing and special events at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad. “This year, we were able to move the tournament to the spectacular Aviara Golf Club, the No. 1 golf resort in Southern California, according to the readers of Conde Nast Traveler.”

To date, the tournament has four foursomes available. But those vacancies are expected to fill up soon. Generally, the tournament consists of 36 foursomes.

Maldi said the tournament does attract golfers from the previous years and she attributes this to a couple of reasons. “First and foremost, they believe in the Boys & Girls Club mission and they come out to support us,” she said. “And secondly, they have a great time at the tournament; at all of our events, we try to keep things light, fun, and moving in a timely fashion so that our guests enjoy themselves.”

The day will be packed with activity kicking off with a complimentary lunch prepared by West Bistro and West Inns and Suite. Before the tournament, golfers will be busy with putting contests and sifting through their goody bags. After the tournament, golfers can relax and enjoy happy hour followed by a banquet.

For those not able to participate in the tournament, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Carlsbad made it possible for everyone to take part in their Grand Prize Drawing: a trip to the 2013 Masters in Augusta, Ga. Maldi said that 100 tickets will be sold at a price tag of $200 each.

Maldi pointed out that 100 percent of its net proceeds operate its two clubhouses, which serve more than 1,000 kids annually. Clubhouse members pay only $25 per year, but the actual cost is closer to $1,000 for the after-school programs.

“The golf tournament, and other fundraisers, help to bridge that gap,” said Maldi, adding that no child is ever turned away due to their family’s inability to pay. “In addition, we give close to $100,000 in scholarships annually.”

Maldi also sent out a special thanks to the sponsors who make the tournament possible which include Park Hyatt Aviara/Aviara Golf Club, Emerson Network Power, NRG Cabrillo Power I, Hoehn Motors, Life Technologies, PayPros, Interior Specialists Inc., Hudson Printing, and West Bistro/Steak-Seafood-Spirits/and Inns and Suites.

For those interested in playing in the tournament or wanting to purchase tickets for the Grand Prize drawing, click on the golf tournament link at or call (760) 729-0207.