NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Trevecca baseball coach Mike Lord has a special, once-in-a- lifetime opportunity for persons to play golf with legendary golf icon, Jack Nicklaus, on Nicklaus's home course in Palm Beach, Fla.
Through his contacts from his days in Florida, Coach Lord has been able to secure a private round of golf for three people with the Golden Bear on one of golf's most prestigious and exclusive courses, The Bear's Club, in Jupiter, Fla. The round of golf will be followed by lunch in the clubhouse restaurant with Jack and will also include signed memorabilia and pictures.
An optional second day would include a morning of deep sea fishing with a well known private guide. Guests will have the chance to either stay in private bungalos on the course, or at the Ritz Carlton, which is part of the golf development.
Mike Lord explains how the opportunity arose: "One of my dearest friends, whom I met through the baseball community while living in Florida, happens to be one of Jack's tennis buddies and longtime friend. Recently I called him and explained what we were trying to do with regards to building a new baseball facility. He was more than happy to ask Jack about this fundraising opportunity, and Nicklaus responded with enthusiasm."
A portion of the fundraiser will be donated to the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation, the charity of Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. The mission of the foundation is to provide support for activities that advance and enhance the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of childhood diseases and disorders.
The Bear's Club is the realization of Jack's vision of creating a golf club in his own Florida backyard, a course which reflects his passion for the game. Covered with old pines and palmettos, the course was not built to be just another course, but a premier private club. It is home to private members such as Michael Jordan and Celine Dion, among others.
This past year, Coach Lord's former university, Palm Beach Atlantic, was the only school to have this opportunity, and that school raised close to half a million dollars from the event.
"This can be a real game changer for us," said Coach Lord.
"As we move to NCAA D2, we have to be marketable to the top-tier student-athlete. Trevecca has a unique small-college family culture based on caring and strong Christian principles. We are second to none in that arena, but we need to be able to offer the entire package in order to compete with other Christian universities in the marketplace. That includes the best of facilities, travel and housing", added Coach Lord.
Athletic director Mark Elliott is equally excited about this opportunity and has actively begun getting the word out.
"Our first priority is to be able to offer it to someone directly connected to Trevecca Nazarene University. To see someone within the family experience this special event would be exciting for all of us. The next option would be to see someone in the Nashville community enjoy this experience. One of my top goals as athletic director is to be able to reach out to the people in our town and get them to come see what Trevecca is all about."
"Building the athletic facilities is not just about Trevecca athletics. Part of our mission statement is to impact the local community and our sports facilities will be a big part of that", added Elliott.
For anyone who is interested or knows about someone who could be a potential fit for this opportunity, please contact Mark Elliott in the athletic department at 615 248 1275 or at [email protected].