What people are saying about the 2018 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast:
“Thank you for the wonderful breakfast and making possible the chance for great players giving us great golf and life advice.”
-Participant
“Thank you for this opportunity to attend my 5th FCA Breakfast.  Every year, this event is incredibly inspiring.”
-Participant
“Thank you for sponsoring such a valuable experience for high school athletes.”
-Coach
“I would like to say thank you for helping me understand more of life.”
-Participant
“I woud like to greatly thank the sponsors for giving me and many others the chance to go to this.”
-Participant
“Thank you so much for facilitating this opportunity for my players to hear the gospel from another source other than me.”
-Coach
“Thank you so much.  This experience is so motivating and inspiring.”
-Participant
“Just thank you for an amazing first experience here at THE PLAYERS FCA Breakfast.  Ted Scott’s info was amazing.”
-Participant
“This was my first time chaperoning my youth here.  This is an awesome event for everyone to experience!”
-Coach
“Thank you so much for sponsoring my table.  I had a great time today and learned a lot about my relationship with Christ.”
-Participant
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity.  Plus I got to miss a Spanish quiz!”
-Participant
“We appreciate your sponsorship.  This event is great and we hope to continue to attend.  This is so important to our community.”
-Coach
“Thank you so much for allowing us to have this opportunity.  It was amazing!”
-Participant
“It means a lot to be able to come to this breakfast.  This is a really cool experience to be able to hear pros talk about their faith.”
-Participant
“Thank you for a special morning that you made possible!  It’s not every day that kids have these opportunities.  I’m truly grateful!”
-Coach
“I learned that although certain things may temporarily satisfy us, only God can truly make us happy.”
-Participant
“Hearing the pros relate golf to life was inspiring.  Seeing how they fit golf and God in their life was beautiful.”
-Participant
“You don’t have to be perfect to become a professional golfer.”
-Participant

 

2018 THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros Recap

May 23, 2018

Champions Ballroom at the Sawgrass Marriott was packed full of Northeast Florida middle, high school, collegiate and First Tee golfers and their coaches on Wednesday morning, May 9th for an over 30 year tradition known as FCA’s THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros.  Todd Hickey, General Manager of the Marriott, greeted all attendees and specifically thanked the coaches for the impact they make every day in our Northeast Florida community.  “Thank you for your investment into the lives of our youth.  Thank you for the impact you make every day as a coach,” said Hickey.  

Following a short video introducing THE PLAYERS Championship, Northeast Florida FCA staff member, Scott Adams, greeted the crowd and thanked all attendees, table sponsors, as well as the Red Coat Committee and PGA TOUR.  “Without the support of the Red Coat Committee and PGA TOUR, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible for everyone here this morning,” said Adams.  Damon Olinto, 2018 THE PLAYERS Tournament Volunteer Chairman, was welcomed to the stage and greeted everyone on behalf of THE PLAYERS and shared how THE PLAYERS is all about giving back to the community of Northeast Florida.  “It is humbling to reflect on the tremendous work our volunteers have accomplished and the positive impact we have had in the Northeast Florida community.  The true winners of THE PLAYERS are the more than 300 non-profit organizations that receive much needed resources to carry out their work and continue to support the people and groups they serve,” said Olinto.  Prior to exiting the state, Adams was able to pray for Olinto, his team, and a great week of golf at THE PLAYERS.

Todd Lewis, on-site reporter for NBC Golf’s Golf Central, emceed a portion of the event, introducing everyone to the tour professionals and caddie in attendance.  Fred Funk, 2005 THE PLAYERS Champion, was first to be introduced and recognized as event host for the 3rd consecutive year.  When being asked why he has supported this event and gladly served as host for several years, Funk replied, “I love this event.  I have attended this breakfast more years than I can count.  To see this room filled with youth eager to hear from professionals about golf, but also what’s most important to them–their faith in God–is a great thing.”  Lewis went on to greet and interview professionals, Jeff Klauk and Pablo Meña, as well as professional caddie to Bubba Watson, Ted Scott.  

Russell Henley, three-time PGA Tour winner, was this year’s keynote speaker.  Henley had a wonderful discussion with PGA Tour chaplain, Stephen Bunn, about his life, family and career, as well as the impact past coaches had on his life and golf game.  But what came through most loud and clear was his gratefulness for and faith in his savior, Jesus Christ.  “I experienced a great deal of success early on in my golfing career.  To my surprise, none of it fulfilled me in the way I had anticipated.  It was this hole that nothing seemed to fill that caused me to become interested in God and a relationship with Jesus Christ.  Understanding who Jesus Christ is and all that He has done for me is what provided the fulfillment in my life that I’ve always been looking for” said Henley.

Following the breakfast, coaches and players were provided tickets to attend the Wednesday practice round at THE PLAYERS free of charge.  These tickets were generously provided by the PGA TOUR.   The Ponte Vedra Recorder wrote a wonderful article in the local news about the 2018 Breakfast that can be viewed below or at this news link.  Several coaches and area juniors shared remarks about their experience that can be read below at the bottom of the page.

2018 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros - Sawgrass Marriott Resort
Teams begin to arrive for the 2018 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros
Teams begin to arrive for the 2018 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros
Todd Hickey, General Manager of Sawgrass Marriott, greets all attendees
Scott Adams welcomes and thanks everyone on behalf of FCA Golf JAX
Fred Funk greets the crowd and answers a few questions from Todd Lewis
Todd Lewis of the Golf Channel introduces the pros in attendance
Damon Olinto, 2018 THE PLAYERS Tournament Volunteer Chairman, greets everyone on behalf of THE PLAYERS
Jeff Klauk, PGA TOUR Professional, greets the crowd
Pablo Meña, Mackenzie Tour PGA Tour Canada Professional, greets the crowd
Ted Scott, professional caddie to Bubba Watson, greets the crowd
PGA Tour Professional Russell Henley & PGA Tour Chaplain Stephen Bunn
PGA Tour Professional Russell Henley & PGA Tour Chaplain Stephen Bunn
Some of FCA Golf JAX's awesome staff & volunteers
Coaches and teams receiving their tickets in preparation for Wednesday's practice round at THE PLAYERS
University Christian School Golfers with PGA Tour Professional Russell Henley
Russell Henley, Stephen Bunn & Jeff Klauk
Some of FCA Golf JAX's THE PLAYERS Breakfast committee & volunteers

Thank You to our 2018 Breakfast Sponsors!

Ted & Temple Ade

Bill & Beverley Beasley

Ross & Nancy Berlin

Mike & Lori Brock

Morris Busbia

Duke Butler III

Bob & Gwen Campbell

Crosswater Community Church
Dr. Jack Millwood

Bill Dodge

Jeff & Andrea Feder

First Coast Security Bland Cologne

John & DeAn Foulk

Aaron Huveld

Dr. Dennis Johnson

The Krieger Family
Dr. Debbie Krieger

Dean & Julie McQuiddy

Rick & Beth Newell

Ocean State Air Conditioning & Heating
Glenn & Joy Jones

Rob & Pam Ohno

Jon & Julie Podany

Dr. Lee Popwell

Precision Turf
Trey Lineberger

Barry & Jules Sales

Dan St. John

Olivia Seaman

Matt & Rebecca Simpson

Jeffrey Skopak

State Farm Tim Murphy

Nancy Wenderoth

Mark & MaryEllen Williamson

Wells Fargo
Josh Mattox

Wells Fargo
Jim Richardson

Wells Fargo Advisors
Jeff Wyatt & Jason Hyrne

What people are saying about the 2018 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast:
“Thank you for the wonderful breakfast and making possible the chance for great players giving us great golf and life advice.”
-Participant
“Thank you for this opportunity to attend my 5th FCA Breakfast.  Every year, this event is incredibly inspiring.”
-Participant
“Thank you for sponsoring such a valuable experience for high school athletes.”
-Coach
“I would like to say thank you for helping me understand more of life.”
-Participant
“I woud like to greatly thank the sponsors for giving me and many others the chance to go to this.”
-Participant
“Thank you so much for facilitating this opportunity for my players to hear the gospel from another source other than me.”
-Coach
“Thank you so much.  This experience is so motivating and inspiring.”
-Participant
“Just thank you for an amazing first experience here at THE PLAYERS FCA Breakfast.  Ted Scott’s info was amazing.”
-Participant
“This was my first time chaperoning my youth here.  This is an awesome event for everyone to experience!”
-Coach
“Thank you so much for sponsoring my table.  I had a great time today and learned a lot about my relationship with Christ.”
-Participant
“Thank you for giving me this opportunity.  Plus I got to miss a Spanish quiz!”
-Participant
“We appreciate your sponsorship.  This event is great and we hope to continue to attend.  This is so important to our community.”
-Coach
“Thank you so much for allowing us to have this opportunity.  It was amazing!”
-Participant
“It means a lot to be able to come to this breakfast.  This is a really cool experience to be able to hear pros talk about their faith.”
-Participant
“Thank you for a special morning that you made possible!  It’s not every day that kids have these opportunities.  I’m truly grateful!”
-Coach
“I learned that although certain things may temporarily satisfy us, only God can truly make us happy.”
-Participant
“Hearing the pros relate golf to life was inspiring.  Seeing how they fit golf and God in their life was beautiful.”
-Participant
“You don’t have to be perfect to become a professional golfer.”
-Participant