Sports celebrities along with caring companies and individuals pitched in big time to make the November 3rd Birdies & Butterflies Celebrity-AM Golf Tournament and Gala a grand slam. While the Tucson Conquistadores and Christina-Taylor Green Foundations took the bows for creating this one-of-kind event, the accolades go to the Foundations’ members and volunteers, and the staff of the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa for bringing our vision to life.
Birdies & Butterflies was created to commemorate the Tucson Conquistadores 50th anniversary by honoring the hopes and dreams of Little Leaguer Christina-Taylor Green. Those hopes included helping disadvantaged kids in our community. The success of this event proved to be a positive step toward realizing that hope.
Thanks to all our celebrities from the professional arenas of baseball, golf, football, basketball, hockey and UA athletics: Tommy Lasorda, Don Pooley, Dallas Green, Ryne Sandberg, Clint Barmes, Terry Francona, John Green, Andrew Magee, Rich Barcelo, Dickie Noles, Tim Wallach, Chip Hale, Rodney Peete, Ricky Hunley, Tim Watters, Sara Brown, Lamonte Hunley, Randy Robbins, Mark Kelly, R.W. Eaks, Dan Pohl, Ron Davis, J.J. Hardy, Tom Purtzer, Lute Olson, Joseph Blair.
Congratulations to our Celebrity-Am Tournament Winners & Runner-Ups
Format: 5-person scramble, 2 net best ball
1st place: Tim Wallach, former MLB player and 3rd base coach for LA Dodgers; scored 92. Team included: John Belton, Obie Peterson, Bruce Osburn, Nick Buckelew.
2nd place: Terry Francona, manager, Cleveland Indians, scored 94. Team included: Wendell Long, Roy Corby, Jim Burns, Michael Koza
3rd Place: RW Eaks, Champions Tour golfer; scored 94 (lost in a scorecard playoff). Team included: Chase Rankin, Matt Markham, John Denker, Tom Birmingham
Hole-in-One: Professional golfer Rich Barcelo on the par 3 Coyote #7.
The Tucson Conquistadores Foundation and Christina-Taylor Green Memorial Foundation share goals to improve the well-being of children and young adults in our community. Birdies & Butterflies help raise monies for a project both Foundations have deemed a key beneficiary, the Southern Arizona Indoor Sports Center. The future facility, to be built at La Cholla Blvd. and River Road, will feature nearly 40,000 square feet of versatile space, accommodating up to five indoor basketball courts or eight volleyball courts. The Sports Center is a project of Pima County in partnership with the nonprofit Southern Arizona Community Sports, Inc. (SACS). For more information on the Sports Center, visit www.SoazCommunitySports.org.