WEEI's John Dennis takes on world's longest golf course
Second annual Tame the Tigers event to benefit Jimmy Fund Golf
July 24, 2009
WEEI's John Dennis isn't afraid of the world's longest golf course and is looking for others who are up to the challenge.
Dennis, co-host of the wildly popular Dennis & Callahan show on WEEI, will host the second annual Tame the Tigers, a Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament to raise money for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The August 17 tournament will tee off from the seemingly endless Tiger Tees of The Pines course at world-renowned The International in Bolton, Mass. The course is 2,000 yards longer than most traditional courses; Golf Digest ranked it the second "Toughest Golf Course" in America in 2007.
"Dennis has been a vocal supporter for the Jimmy Fund for decades and has been a huge contributor to Jimmy Fund Golf events," said Mike Andrews, former Red Sox player and longtime chairman of the Jimmy Fund. "This unique tournament promises to be fun and challenging for every type of golfer."
Join Dennis, Gerry Callahan, celebrity guests, and other WEEI personalities in this rare opportunity to play on this breathtaking course, which will challenge even the heaviest of hitters with its 8,300+ yards of course. Celebrity guests will include movie director Bobby Farrelly, former New England Patriot Andre Tippett, and hockey great Ray Bourque. Prior to the tournament, on the Dennis & Callahan show, Dennis will give listeners the chance to bid on having one of the celebrities join their golf foursome.
This year's tournament will be utilizing a new format, which will make taking on the "World's Longest Course" feasible for every type of golfer. In the ladder format, groups will start on the Tiger Tees. After each group finishes their first hole, depending on their score, they may move tees for the next hole. If the group pars or birdies the hole, they stay on the Tiger Tees. If they bogey the hole, they will move forward one set of tees - making the hole shorter and easier to complete. Play continues in the same way for the remainder of the round.
WEEI's "Crazy" Mike Adams will host a putting contest on the fifth hole, the world's largest green.
Sponsored by WEEI, The International Golf Club, and The Jimmy Fund, the tournament will serve as a kickoff to the annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio Telethon, which will take place on August 27-28.
The registration fee is $500 per player and includes a round of golf, breakfast, on-course BBQ, goody bag, and cocktail reception. The tournament will raise critical funds for cancer care and research through the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. For more information or to register online, visit www.tamethetigers.org or call(866) 521-GOLF.
About Jimmy Fund Golf
Jimmy Fund Golf is the largest, first, and longest-running organized golf program for charity in the nation, with more than 160 annual volunteer-run tournaments held around the country. In 2007, Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments collectively raised $6.7 million for groundbreaking research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Jimmy Fund Golf stands alone as a comprehensive example of the good that can be achieved by hundreds of volunteer tournament organizers and thousands of golfers who are united in their desire to connect their love for the game of golf to a higher cause — funding cancer care and research.
Jimmy Fund Golf's history is unique. The program was officially organized in 1983 to support and guide the volunteers who took it upon themselves to turn their golf game into a fundraising tool for cancer research. Some individual Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments date back more than 50 years. The organization recently added mini-golf putt-a-thons to the list of tournaments, allowing people of all ages and golfing abilities to get on the right course to fight canceSM. Jimmy Fund Golf has raised nearly $60 million for cancer research and treatment since its inception. For more information about Jimmy Fund Golf, visit www.jimmyfund.org/golf.