What people are saying about the 2019 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast:

“This was my first time–and it’s so cool.”
-Participant

“Thank you for making this morning possible.  I learned a lot and had so much fun.”
-Participant

“This event is a true highlight of our season.”
-Coach

“Thank you for making this event possible.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.  I will always remember this.”
-Participant

“I learned that golf is not who we are but rather what we do.”
-Participant

“Thank you so much for facilitating this opportunity for my players to hear the gospel from another source other than me.”
-Coach

“It’s not about putting God first, second or third in your life.  Rather, it’s about realizing He is a part of everything.”
-Participant

“Thank you so much for an awesome breakfast and the chance to hear inspiring testimonies from players focusing on God!”
-Participant

“Thank you sponsors for allowing us to come to an event that spreads the word and encourages kids to dig deep in faith and take the walk with Jesus.”
-Coach

“Thank you so much for sponsoring our table and allowing us to attend such a wonderful event.”
-Participant

“Thank you so much for your generosity, sponsors.  May God bless you and your families.”
-Participant

“Thank you for the opportunity for these kids to hear more about Jesus in such a great way!”
-Coach

“Thank you so much for making this event possible!”
-Participant

“I had a great time and learned a lot.”
-Participant

“Thank you for a special morning that you made possible!  This was my first year coming, and it was so cool!”
-Coach

“I would like to say thank you so much for this opportunity.  I really loved it and will always remember this.”
-Participant

“Golf is something that we do; not who we are.”
-Participant

 

2019 THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros Recap

April 1, 2019

Masters Ballroom at the Sawgrass Marriott was full of Northeast Florida middle, high school, collegiate and First Tee golfers and their coaches on Wednesday morning, March 13th–so much so that overflow space needed to be utilized next door in PLAYERS overflow rooms.  For 35 years now, FCA’s THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros is a staple event amongst coaches, junior golfers and their teams across the First Coast.  Todd Hickey, General Manager of the Sawgrass 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 & North Central Florida FCA Multi-Area Director, Matt Roop, greeted the crowd and thanked all attendees, table sponsors, as well as the Red Coat Committee and PGA TOUR.  “Much in our world has changed in 35 years, but the one things that has not is the support of this community behind this special event.  Without the support of the Red Coat Committee, PGA TOUR, and community at large, this opportunity wouldn’t be possible for everyone here this morning,” said Roop.  Roop also recognized Ted & Temple Ade for the generous sponsorship of Coaching Matters, a book gifted to every coach in attendance at the Breakfast.

Adam Campbell, 2019 THE PLAYERS Tournament Chairman, was welcomed to the stage.   Campbell 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 Campbell.  Prior to exiting the stage, Roop was able to pray for Campbell, 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 event attendees 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 4th 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 Kevin Streelman, Russell Henley, Adam Schenk, Anders Forsbrand, Justin Hueber, Vince Covello, and tour caddie to Webb Simpson, Paul Tesori.

Webb Simpson, 2018 THE PLAYERS Champion, was this year’s keynote speaker.  Simpson 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 the constant and deep satisfaction he finds in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  “We all are looking for satisfaction everyday in all that we do.  I’ve learned that if we look to anything other than Jesus Christ for our satisfaction and purpose, not only will it not deliver, but it will also leave us disappointed.  Jesus is the only thing that is constant, does not change, and does not disappoint,” said Simpson.

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.  Several coaches and area juniors shared remarks about their experience that can be read below at the bottom of the page.

2019 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast with the Pros - Sawgrass Marriott Resort
Bishop John Snyder Golf Team
University Christian Golf Team
Todd Hickey, General Manager of Sawgrass Marriott, greets all attendees
Todd Hickey, Sawgrass Marriott General Manager, greets attendees
Adam Campbell, 2019 THE PLAYERS Tournament Chairman, welcomes everyone on behalf of THE PLAYERS
Webb Simpson and Stephen Bunn, PGA Tour Chaplain
Matt Roop, FCA Director, prays for Adam Campbell and THE PLAYERS Tournament Staff

Thank You to our 2019 Breakfast Sponsors!

Bill & Beverley Beasley

Robert & Sandra Beers

Ross & Nancy Berlin

Matthew Brady

Mike & Lori Brock

Robert & Lynette Brown

Tom Burnett

Morris Busbia

Duke Butler III

Charles & Rushton Callaghan

Bob & Gwen Campbell

Chets Creek Church

Chick fil A – The Avenues

First Coast Securities – Bland Cologne

Crosswater Community Church

Gene Dell

Dodds Wealth Management
Brian & Sarah Dodd

Steve Evans & Kathy Woodward

Marty & Tina Ewing

Jeff & Andrea Feder

Chris Flowers

Anders & Stuart Forsbrand

John & De An Foulk

Jeff Hartman

Sawcross, Inc. Contractors & Engineers
Mark Hickinbotham

Jeff Howard

Dennis & Barbara Johnson

William Koch

Dan Madson

Josh & Nicki Mattox

Dean & Julie McQuiddy

Dicky & Elizabeth Meyer

David Montgomery

State Farm – Tim Murphy

Rob & Pam Ohno

Thomas Palmer

Quang Pham

Jon & Julie Podany

Dr. Lee Popwell

Mitchell & Kathy Rhodes

Jim & Sheila Richardson

Barry & Jules Sales

Glenn & Christina Schneider

Michael & Pamela Schneider

Olivia Seaman

Matt & Rebecca Simpson

Dan St. John

Chets Creek Church Student Ministry
Jeff Tapp

Michael Tatom

Gordon & Kari Terry

The Way Corporation
Sean McClafferty

Tom & Pam Tomlin

Chris Ware

Wells Fargo Business Banking
Josh Mattox

Mark Williamson

What people are saying about the 2019 FCA THE PLAYERS Breakfast:

“This was my first time–and it’s so cool.”
-Participant

“Thank you for making this morning possible.  I learned a lot and had so much fun.”
-Participant

“This event is a true highlight of our season.”
-Coach

“Thank you for making this event possible.  It was truly amazing and inspiring.  I will always remember this.”
-Participant

“I learned that golf is not who we are but rather what we do.”
-Participant

“Thank you so much for facilitating this opportunity for my players to hear the gospel from another source other than me.”
-Coach

“It’s not about putting God first, second or third in your life.  Rather, it’s about realizing He is a part of everything.”
-Participant

“Thank you so much for an awesome breakfast and the chance to hear inspiring testimonies from players focusing on God!”
-Participant

“Thank you sponsors for allowing us to come to an event that spreads the word and encourages kids to dig deep in faith and take the walk with Jesus.”
-Coach

“Thank you so much for sponsoring our table and allowing us to attend such a wonderful event.”
-Participant

“Thank you so much for your generosity, sponsors.  May God bless you and your families.”
-Participant

“Thank you for the opportunity for these kids to hear more about Jesus in such a great way!”
-Coach

“Thank you so much for making this event possible!”
-Participant

“I had a great time and learned a lot.”
-Participant

“Thank you for a special morning that you made possible!  This was my first year coming, and it was so cool!”
-Coach

“I would like to say thank you so much for this opportunity.  I really loved it and will always remember this.”
-Participant

“Golf is something that we do; not who we are.”
-Participant

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