A baseball versus golf challenge has switch-hitted into a Champions Tour, LPGA Hall-of-Fame battle as Brad Faxon picks up the sticks against Annika Sorenstam next week.
Brad Faxon, a twenty-eight-year veteran of the PGA TOUR and now a Champions Tour star, will fill in for Ken Griffey Jr. at the Forsgate Foundation Charity Golf Classic, Oct. 3-4, at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey. Griffey is unable to participate due to a minor injury so Faxon will join fellow headliner, LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam, and will mingle with participants and fans to raise money for the ANNIKA Foundation and New Jersey-based charities.
Faxon and Sorenstam will participate in The Charity Classic’s VIP Reception and Live/Silent Auction on Monday, Oct. 3, participate in a Skills Exhibition on Oct. 4 at 2 p.m. and later at 3 p.m., wage a friendly “battle of the sexes” over nine holes of golf at Forsgate’s renowned Banks Course in the Bud Light Skins Game.
Faxon was born in Oceanport, N.J., and raised in Rhode Island. An eight-time winner on the PGA Tour and two-time Ryder Cup team selection, Faxon has amassed over seventeen million dollars in career earnings. In August 2011, Faxon “graduated” to the Champions Tour with his debut at the 3M Championship,and he already boasts one Top 25 finish (T16 at Boeing Classic).
In addition to being known as one of the best putters on the tour, Faxon is also known as one of the most philanthropic. Over the past 20 years, he has raised millions for children’s charities through a non-profit organization he co-founded with PGA Tour Pro Billy Andrade.
“We are thrilled that Brad Faxon was able to step in and assist us on short notice,” said Forsgate Country Club General Manager Det Williams. “From his multiple successes on the golf course to his tireless work for children’s charities, Faxon is a wonderful choice to join Annika and help The Charity Classic reach its fundraising goals.”
Gallery Tickets are only $15 and include admission to all of the Oct. 4 afternoon events. Tickets are available by calling (732) 656-8911 and may also be purchased on-site.
Since 2003, The Forsgate Foundation Charity Classic has raised over $250,000 for worthwhile causes. This year, the primary beneficiary of the event will be The ANNIKA Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded by Sorenstam in 2007. The ANNIKA Foundation teaches children the importance of maintaining good health through fitness and nutrition as well as providing aspiring junior golfers opportunities to pursue their dreams.
The Forsgate Foundation will also support local New Jersey charities with any further proceeds from the event.
For the third consecutive year, The Charity Classic will raffle off a new Mercedes (E350 4-matic), courtesy of Mercedes-Benz of Princeton. The $100 raffle ticket includes admission into the Oct. 3 Live/Silent Auction. For more information, please call (732) 656-8911, visit Forsgate on Facebook, or watch their YouTube video .
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Who will win the Battle of the Sexes? My bet is with Faxon because he's a regular on the Champions Tour. Sorenstam doesn't play in as many competitive golf tournaments as she used to so, although her skills may be up to par, her mindset may not...
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