December 11th, 2009
As we all know, the 2nd Annual David Ortiz Celebrity Golf Classic was held last weekend at the Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course at Punta Espada, Cap Cana in the Dominican Republic.
Joined by a host of celebrities and MLB players, including Red Sox teammates, the event kicked off last Thursday evening, December 3 at Cappricio restaurant at Sanctuary Cap Cana, with a welcome reception sponsored by Brugal, a Dominican Rum Company. Attendees included David and Tiffany Ortiz, Clay and Lindsey Buchholz, Daniel Bard and his fiancee Adair Sturdivant, Jon and Farrah Lester, Luis and Maria Tiant, Mike and Bertha Lowell, Rachel Dratch, Jo Jo Levesque, Red Sox manager Terry Francona, Houston Astros manager Brad Mills, Peter Sarmanian and Skip Sacks, owners of Big Papi’s Grille
On Friday, there was golf, beginning with a clinic by Punta Espada golf pro Mark Clause.
On Friday night, the festivities continued with the Pairings Party and Celebrity Auction, held at the Caleton Beach Club in Cap Cana. Emceed by Former Red Sox first baseman and current MLB network commentator Sean Casey, guests bid on opportunities to choose the celebrity golfer who would play with their foursome on Saturday. The first golfer chosen (with an $8,000 donation to the David Ortiz Children’s Fund) was Bruins legend Bobby Orr.
Saturday’s beautiful warm weather was a perfect setting for the tournament, with seven holes actually being played right alongside the water. Kicking off with a shotgun start at 10 am, David Ortiz held a press conference at 1:00 p.m. which featured approximately 35 children from Heart Care Dominicana.
Saturday night featured the awards gala, again held at Sanctuary, which included a cocktail reception, dinner, the awarding of prizes from the tournament and a live and silent auction.
Again serving as Master of Ceremonies, Sean Casey announced the winners of the tournament: 1st Place was the foursome led by Ubaldo Jimenz, pitcher for the Colorado Rockies. 2nd place went to the team led by Placido Polanco, 2nd baseman for the Detroit Tigers and 3rd place went to the team lead by Amesbury, Mass native Jeffrey Donovan who plays Michael Weston on the USA Network comedy Burn Notice.
All proceeds from the weekend’s festivities benefited the David Ortiz Children’s Fund, which is committed to helping children in New England and the Dominican Republic get access to critical pediatric services. The DOCF is proud to partner with Massachusetts General Hospital in New England and with Heart Care Dominicana and International Hospital for Children in the Dominican Republic.
All photos taken by John Gillooly