July 31, 2014
Putt putt pros are in from all over the country not only to play the game but also to help out with a good cause.
Mini-golf pros are in town for the hall of fame classic this weekend, but before the serious competition begins, they got out their putters for another reason: families in need.
All of the proceeds from the putt-putt pro-am fundraising event go to the Ronald McDonald House.
"Its amateurs playing with the pros. Pros are actually playing in their own little tournament themselves, but the real winners tonight are Ronald Mcdonald House of Charlottesville," said Joe Aboid, Commissioner of the Professional Putters.
It serves families with someone getting treatment at the University of Virginia Medical Center.
"They work so closely with families coming into town that need medical services, and its just a great organization. You cant imagine a guy coming to town and having children in the hospital and no place to stay," said L.F. Wood, Putt-Putt Owner.
The professionals come from the Professional Putters Association, which brought in players from all over the country for this weekends tournament.
We've got pros here from about 15, 16 states; Florida, Louisiana, Texas, North Carolina, Ohio, and they come all the time. We've go some players here tonight that have been playing on our Charlottesville course since 1968," added Wood.
The prize for this weekends event is 10,000. Its one of four major national tournaments held a year for the organization.
"Putt-putt at the professional level is incredibly competitive. They're people at the professional level that take this game seriously enough to be called professional putters and we have about 40 of them here this evening," added Aboid.
No matter what their scores are, its still a hole-in-one for Ronald McDonald House.