IGM and Meadowbrook Golf host first annual $1 Million Shootout
International Golf Maintenance (IGM), a Meadowbrook Company, held its first annual $1 Million Shootout at ChampionsGate Golf Resort, located in ChampionsGate, Fla., on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2002. At the event, IGM presented the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Foundation with a check for $10,000, representing proceeds raised during IGM's qualifying rounds held at every IGM affiliated property nationwide.
Despite severe storm predictions and rainy weather, the participants' spirits were bright. After monitoring storm activity, IGM and golf course officials moved the shootout time from mid-afternoon to mid-morning in order to take advantage of the first break in the weather. At 9 a.m., 13 participants took their one swing at $1 million from 175 yards on a par 3, the second hole of ChampionsGate's National Course. Unfortunately, no one was able to walk away with the prize.
The check presentation was held in Champions Hall in the ChampionsGate clubhouse following the shootout. Scott A. Zakany, vice president of IGM, presented Teri Harris, director of development for the GCSAA Foundation, with the $10,000 check. Prior to the shootout, Zakany surprised Harris with news that in the event one of the participants made the hole-in-one, not only would the winner receive the $1 million, but the GCSAA Foundation would also receive an additional $250,000 donation.
"We wanted to create an added bonus for The Foundation," says Zakany. "The whole idea behind the event was to raise money for the GCSAA Foundation. By taking out the extra insurance policy for the $250,000, it let the participants be more involved in the cause behind the tournament."
IGM contracts with golf courses and country clubs to handle all aspects of turf and grounds maintenance. From personnel to equipment issues, IGM develops maintenance programs that incorporate all the resources necessary to meet the agronomic needs of the customers' facilities-many times at a savings compared with historical spending.
The GCSAA Foundation enhances the game of golf through funding applied research and advanced education in golf course management. Since its inception in 1955, The GCSAA Foundation has provided more than $2 million in support of numerous research studies and more than 1,200 student scholarships.