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  • Writer's pictureKatie Madyun

Unforgettable Day at the Student ACES Golf Tournament

Originally published in Around Wellington

A Celebration of Camaraderie, Competition, and Charity

FORE!!! Just as expected, it was shouted quite a few times during the Student ACES Golf Tournament at PGA National’s Fazio Course on Friday May 17, 2024. 

It was a day to remember, filled with excitement, friendly competition, and a strong sense of community spirit. With over 100 participants, the event was a resounding success, bringing together golf enthusiasts – and those who have never even picked up a club – for a common cause. 

From the first tee to the final putt, the air was filled with laughter, cheers, and the occasional groan of a missed shot, all contributing to an atmosphere of camaraderie and enjoyment. Old friends reconnected, new friendships were forged, and everyone left with a smile, knowing they had been part of something special and something that supports the mission of Student ACES – to create CHAMPIONS an acronym for the organization’s core values: Command Respect, Honor Your Word, Aspire to Greatness, Maintain Courage, Possess a Work Ethic Second to None, Inspire Others, Own a Winning Attitude, Never Settle, and Sacrifice for Self and Team.

But beyond the enjoyment and the competitive spirit, the Student ACES Golf Tournament had a profound purpose. Every swing of the club and every hole completed helped raise funds for Student ACES, an organization dedicated to creating CHAMPIONS. By participating, golfers not only enjoyed a challenging and rewarding day on the greens, but also contributed to a cause that inspires young student-athletes to continue to lead.

The funds raised will go directly towards programs that support the development of leadership, character, and academic excellence in high school student athletes. This year’s tournament was a testament to what can be achieved when a community comes together with a shared vision of making a difference.

Hats off to winners: Ariel Browning, Bo Schlechter, Chad Freeman, Ryan Fowler from Everglades Farm Equipment.

None of this would have been possible without the support of sponsors and random drawing donors. 

Sponsors: D3 Energy, Hypower Inc., Kitson and Partners, The Garcia Companies, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Everglades Farm Equipment, St. Thomas University, FPL, Babcock Ranch, Advanced Roofing, Haynes Scaffolding, Keiser University, Palm Beach Aggregates, Titan Structural, AndersonBryant LLC, Florida Blue, Waymore Land Management, Ventana, JLevin Communications, Lou LoFranco Edward Jones, MJC Land Development and Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative of Florida. 

Random Drawing Donors: Lola Chiq Boutique, Estetica Institute, Vagabond Apparel Boutique, SeaLustre, Stretch Zone, PGA National, El Car Wash, Hog Snapper, Hawley Trucker Hats, Hannah Lopez Photography, ESPN and Otherland Society Rum. 

Together, all participants made a positive difference and created a brighter future for our youth.


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