Golfing for a cause: AmFam Golf Championship kicks off Friday

Published: Jun. 21, 2019 at 9:01 AM CDT
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The ceremonial first shot was scheduled for 8:30 a.m. on Friday by a boy from the American Family Children’s Hospital.

The AmFam Championship begins with the first round teeing off at around 9 a.m. at University Ridge Golf Course.

"It's been really amazing to see the growth of this tournament for the last four years," Nate Pokrass, AmFam Championship Tournament Director, said.

The golfers will play until around 5 p.m. Then more fun begins, we’ve got a concert at Breese Stevens Field with headliner Toby Keith and their opening acts 38 Special and Krystal Keith.

"There will be a celebrity foursome playing on Saturday hosted by Andy North with his friends Brett Farve, Toby Keith and arguably the greatest of all time Jack Nicholas," Pokrass said.

In 2018, the tournament raised more than $2 million.

"For me, I'll go back to year one we raised $1 million, year two we raised $1.6 million, last year we raised $2 million so we would love to see that type of increase this year," Jim Buchheim, Vice President of Communications for AmFam, said.

All those proceeds going back to the American Family Children’s Hospital for kids and families as well as other local charities.

"You know these players have big hearts, they love supporting the charities and that's a big part of why they come out here," Buchheim said.