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Tennis Pro-Ams Raise Money for Good Causes

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TPC Sugarloaf Charity Weekend and Tennis Pro-Am

By Megan Copenhaver, Suzanne Dent and John Hanna

TPC Sugarloaf Charity Weekend and Tennis Pro-Am Raises $150K

The TPC Sugarloaf Charity Weekend and Tennis Pro-Am was a huge success again this year, raising more than $150,000 for Birdies for the Brave, Vigilant Torch, Spectrum Autism and the Sugarloaf Women’s Charities. This brings the team to over $1 million raised since bringing the event back in 2011. Tennis director Will Segraves, who is in his final year as director, said he is extremely proud of everyone who helped reach this goal.

Country Club of Roswell Raises $30K at Charity Tennis Pro-Am

Country Club of Roswell hosted its 39th annual Charity Tennis Pro-Am benefitting Special Populations Tennis and Stand Up For Kids charities. The event saw 116 players compete in a fun-filled weekend-long tournament. The Hollywood themed gala and silent auction raised more than $30,000 for these two charities. Thanks go to all who contributed to this fine event!

Ansley Golf Club 25th Anniversary Charity Pro-Am Raises $100K

The Ansley Golf Club held its annual charity pro-am weekend Aug. 17-20. This year’s event included a tennis pro-am for 160 men and women players, a golf pro-am for 70 players and a pickleball tournament that included 14 teams. Some of the highlights of the weekend were the Silver Soiree on Saturday night that featured a performance by Yacht Rock Schooner, live and silent auctions and some of the best food in town prepared by the onsite chef. Funds raised for Southeastern Brain Tumor Foundation and Atlanta Ronald McDonald House exceeded $100,000. This pro-am has earned multiple awards over the past few years, including the USPTA National Charity Event of the Year.

24th Annual St Ives Pro-Member Tennis Invitational Raises More Than $15K

St Ives Country Club hosted its 24th Annual Pro Member Tennis Invitational Aug. 18-20. The event, a favorite among Atlanta area pros, kicked off on Friday evening with the Pro-Pro Exhibition Tournament and Mexican Fiesta player party. The St Ives Pro-Member features 48 tennis professionals and 48 St Ives members who are paired together and then grouped into six flighted teams for two days of tennis action.

Hennessy Lexus of Gwinnett-Hennessy Jaguar/Land Rover of Gwinnett was the title sponsor of this year’s event and also had the winning team. Members of the winning team are St Ives members Dan Lucas, Hugh Robb, Kip Coombs, Joe Lazewski, Madison Godwin, Tracy Brincefield, Ellen Jenny and Margaret Washburn; and professionals Archie Nikitin, Kevin Konfederack, Evgeny Silitski, Patrick Hire, Masa Grgan, Tarani Kamoe, Emilia Bujan and Megan Cozad.

The many local area sponsors and the Charity Guild of St Ives and Greater Johns Creek are to be commended for their ongoing support of this tremendous event that raises more than $15,000 for local charities each year.

In 30th Year, Dunwoody Country Club Pro-Am Raises $300K

Dunwoody Country Club held its 30th annual Pro-Am Charity Event Aug. 25-27, raising more than $300,000 for Special Olympics Georgia and Atlanta Children’s Shelter. The event kicked off on Friday morning with a golf tournament, followed by a poolside party where the 48 pro-am team partnerships were revealed. That evening, 28 of Atlanta’s best male and female pros played against each other in a team format that included men’s, women’s and mixed doubles. Also featured were four talented Special Olympians.

The weekend format had six evenly matched teams made up of eight pro-am doubles teams. After play was concluded, the players and their guests attended the Saturday evening gala held in the ballroom. The silent auction items had people bidding until the last minute while a fantastic auctioneer brought the live auction to life. The live band kept many out until the wee hours of the evening.  On Sunday morning, the final rounds were played with each team carefully watching the final standings. Only one point separated the first and second place teams. Congratulations to all who participated!

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