When Tabitha and Jim Furyk moved to San Marco about three years ago, they decided to debut a new event to raise funds for their foundation that would highlight their favorite sport – golf – in a new location.
Through a multiyear agreement, the Jim & Tabitha Furyk Foundation will bring a new PGA TOUR Champions event with the addition of Constellation FURYK & FRIENDS presented by Circle K, Oct. 4-10.
“Timuquana Country Club has a rich history as a great golf course,” Tabitha Furyk said. “The golfers tell Jim that it is one of the best courses on the PGA Tour. It is known as a challenging course and beautiful location.”
The club’s classic Donald Ross course includes 18 holes of tree-lined fairways, tight rolling approaches and immaculate greens. The routing provides a variety of holes to challenge golfers of all levels.
“Timuquana is excited to be the host site for the tournament,” said Greg Sheara, the club’s general manager. “When we were approached by Jim and Tabitha regarding the opportunity, we found that their vision of the event, its impact on local charities and showcasing the west side of Jacksonville was a perfect match for the club. Our membership has embraced the event by helping the Foundation’s team in securing sponsorships and volunteers who will help bring that vision to life.”
The event promises music, food and fun for all, in addition to celebrity participants. All proceeds will benefit northeast Florida charities. Constellation, an Exelon company, a leading competitive energy company providing power, natural gas, renewable energy and energy management products and services for homes and businesses nationwide, has selected five charities to benefit from the event – MaliVai Washington Youth Foundation, First Tee of North Florida, First Coast Chapter of Blessings in a Backpack, St. Johns Riverkeeper and Habitat for Humanity (Habijax).
“Our goal is to raise $1 million for these charities this year,” Tabitha said.
“We’ve been blessed to be a part of this community for the past 25 years. With Jim’s success as a golfer, we were able to start the foundation as a platform to give back to the kids in this area. For 10 years, we been expanding to generate more dollars to give more funds for local charities.”
Jim Furyk is a 17-time winner on the PGA Tour and the only professional golfer to post two rounds below 60 on the PGA Tour. He will serve as the tournament’s official host.
In addition to Constellation as the title sponsor and Circle K as the presenting sponsor, Founding Friends include Baptist Health, FIS, SRS Distribution and Miller Electric.
The Monday Pro-Am and Tuesday Pro-Am Pairings Party are private events.
The Furyk Foundation Concert presented by SRS Distribution on Oct. 5 at Daily’s Place begins at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Darius Rucker will headline the concert with Scotty McCreery. This year’s concert will be a salute to service men and women, with 1,000 tickets provided to the military courtesy of SRS Distribution. PGA TOUR Champions players will be in attendance along with other celebrities. All concert tickets come with a tournament ticket.
General admission tickets for the golf tournament at Timuquana Country Club, Friday, Oct. 8 – Sunday, Oct. 10, provide access to the tournament grounds, Circle K ParTee Porch, Publix Tailgate Village, Fan Expo area and more. Youths 17 and younger are admitted free to the tournament with a ticketed adult. There is no limit to the number of youths admitted per adult.
Vystar is providing free tickets to military service members who verify their military service online. (A $1 verification fee per military service member applies.) Vystar is also hosting the Vystar Patriot’s Outpost during the tournament with free food from Firehouse Subs and Applebee’s for military service members.
Named after Jim Furyk’s famous 58 during the final round of the Traveler’s Championship, the Club 58 premier hospitality suite overlooking the 17th green will offer complimentary food and beverage, including full bar, available throughout the day. Tickets for Club 58 are available on the tournament website.
Circle K is sponsoring a free water taxi that will brings fans from the YMCA in the Brooklyn neighborhood to the Timuquana Country Club docks. Details are available on the tournament website.
For information on tickets and parking, visit www.constellationfurykandfriends.com or contact the tournament office at [email protected].
By Karen Rieley
Resident Community News