There are literally over 1.5 million golf outings held annually in the U.S., but few more unique than the Cooperstown Golf Classic presented by the Bridgeport Bluefish. “We’ve brought the ball park to the golf course with our uniquely themed baseball golf tournament” said Jim Keenan, event organizer. “It’s the perfect outing for those who love both baseball and golf”.
The tournament mirrors the big leagues as each foursome represents a different MLB team and competes in their respective divisions. Division and wild card winning teams get awarded their trophies between innings at the Bridgeport Bluefish game that follows the round. The overall champions even throw out the first pitch.
“We love the Bluefish tie-in” said Keenan. “With a fun minor league team right here in our own backyard, it just made sense to see if they wanted to be involved”. The tournament takes place Friday July 12th with a 1pm start so that everyone can attend the Bluefish game at 7:05 that night. “It’s a lot like you got peanut butter in my chocolate” Keenan said of the combination of golf and baseball. “Once you think about it, it’s a great pair. Even the latest Tiger Woods commercial showcases him swinging with a catcher and ump behind him”.
Golfers play a format called “1-2-3 yer out” where each golfer plays their own ball but still competes as a team taking the ONE best net score on every par 5, the TWO best net scores on every par 4 and the THREE best net scores on every par 3 as their team score. The traditional longest drive contest has been replaced by a “Hole in Run” contest where you can drive your ball over the home run mark and win a prize on the spot. The Closest to the Pin contest has been replaced by “Small Ball” where each foursome tries to manufacture a run by getting singles, doubles or triples on a par 3.
Golfers also have a chance to win a white 2013 FIAT 500 POP which as been made to look like a baseball with red stitching compliments of Nu-Age Designs in Seymour CT. “Who doesn’t want an at-bat to win something cool like this?” said George Santangelo, marketing director for FIAT of Fairfield County. “Even the red interior matches. We’re hoping someone gets a hole in one and can take it home”. The FIAT will be on display at the dealership for the month of May. It will be also be showcased on the par 3 during the event and will be used after the event to shuttle award winners onto the field at Harbor Yard.
The cost is just $115 per player or $460 a foursome. “We’ve brought the ball park to the golf course” said Keenan. “We got hot dog and beer vendors. You’ll find peanuts, popcorn and Cracker Jacks too.” It all takes place on the challenging black course at Fairchild Wheeler in Fairfield CT and the tournament fee includes, cart, tournament gift, ticket to the Bluefish game and ball park. Golfers will find team specific flags on their golf carts and a leader board that will circle the course letting each team know how they are doing in the standings. Foursomes will have their picture taken with the Bluefish mascot and selected players too.
The Cooperstown Golf Classic will benefit clean water projects being created in Kenya through a charity called United with Kenya. 100% of the net proceeds go directly to fund the materials needed with nothing going to administration expenses.
The tournament is expected to sell out quickly and individuals and companies alike are already signing up. Those signing up at a single or twosome will be paired with others to complete a foursome. The field is limited to just 120 golfers (representing one foursome for each of the 30 MLB teams) and those registering first can pick their team, if available.
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