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PHOTO GALLERY: The Players Media Day Benefits Local Charities

Photos by Jim Brady/Florida SportsDay

Five charities that directly benefit from THE PLAYERS Championship gathered at TPC Sawgrass for THE PLAYERS Charity Shootout, a long-standing tradition that is part of THE PLAYERS Media Day.

Local media personalities, celebrities and representatives chosen by each charity participated in a closest-to-the-pin challenge on the famed Island Green 17th hole at THE PLAYERS Stadium Course.

Local media personalities and celebrities were randomly paired with each local nonprofit in Round 1.  Each local celebrity hit two consecutive shots to the Island Green, and the closest of the two was recorded for each charity.

Action New Jax’s Brent Martineau was closest to the pin in Round 1 (7 feet, 3 inches), winning $10,000 for the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. During the second round, the five local charities pre-selected someone affiliated with their organization to hit on their behalf. 

Former Jacksonville Jaguar Josh Scobee was closest to the pin in Round 2 (9 feet, 6 inches), winning $5,000 for Walk Off Charities.

Following the second round of the shootout, THE PLAYERS surprised the remaining charities with $1,000 each, to ensure that no one went home empty-handed.

However, Executive Director Jared Rice challenged First Coast News’ Curtis Dvorak to see if Dvorak could land a shot on the Island Green while hitting a driver from his knees.

If Dvorak was successful, every charity would receive an additional $1,000 from THE PLAYERS. Dvorak delivered, hitting his shot less than 4 feet from the hole.  

Final Charity Challenge Results:

  1. Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation- $11,000
  2. Walk Off Charities – $6,000
  3. The First Tee of North Florida – $2,000
  4. Feeding Northeast Florida – $2,000
  5. Jacksonville Area Golf Association Scholarship Trust – $ 2,000

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