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Ewing Charity Classic Benefits NTPGA Junior Golf Foundation, PGA Professional Takes Home Car Thanks to Ewing Automotive Group

November 27th, 2017

 
DALLAS, TEXAS – The 12th Annual Ewing Charity Classic, a fundraising golf tournament conducted by the Northern Texas PGA for the benefit of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation, was held today at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. This year’s event raised $216,500. 
 
The Ewing Charity Classic is widely considered one of the most special and unique events in the country with $4.06 million raised during the past 22 years for the benefit of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation's broad-based community outreach programs. 
 
The Ewing Charity Classic featured 22 teams consisting of three amateurs, a PGA TOUR, Web.com Tour or LPGA Tour player and a PGA of America golf professional. Past and present tour stars that participated in this year’s event included Rich Beem, Chad Campbell, Martin Flores, David Graham, Cody Gribble, Hunter Haas, Todd Hamilton, JJ Henry, Harry Higgs, Charlie Holland, Brandt Jobe, Edward Loar III, Jason Nash, Ryan Palmer, Gerina Piller, Martin Piller, Tag Ridings, John Senden, Conrad Shindler, Paul Stankowski, Peter Tomasulo and Matt Weibring.
 
Professionals Brandt Jobe and Kevin Golding who teamed with amateurs Dave Ridley, Dr. Kent Herndon and Brian Honea carded a 13-under par, 129, to capture this year’s Ewing Charity Classic.
 
Following the event, the local PGA golf professionals who participated competed in a “Closest to the Hole Shootout” contest to take home a car provided by Mr. Fin Ewing, III, Owner of The Ewing Automotive Group.  The car up for grabs was displayed in front of the 10th green at Brook Hollow Golf Club after play. With the night sky lit by floodlights, 22 PGA professionals had one shot at 147 yards to land their ball closest to the hole. 
 
Dow Finsterwald, Jr., PGA head professional at Colonial Country Club, took home a black 2018 Mercedes Benz CLA 250 after hitting an 7-iron, a shootout record, 2 feet, 11 ¼ inches from the hole.  Brett Beaty, PGA head professional at Dallas National Golf Club, finished in second place hitting his ball 10 feet, 10 ¾ inches to take home $2,500. 
 
“For me to even have an opportunity to win a car like this is a precious prize, but for me to win it is the finest thing I have ever had in my life playing golf,” said Finsterwald, Jr., after the shootout.  “Mr. Ewing, thank you, and thank you for what you do for the Northern Texas PGA.  You are a special family to us.”
 
The contest was Mr. Ewing’s idea as a way to not only help raise funds for the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation, but also to say a special thank you to the PGA professionals who participate in the event. In 2012 it was so well received that Mr. Ewing decided to keep the shootout going and has given away a car each year since. 
 
The Ewing Automotive Group, is headquartered at 6425 Dallas Parkway in Plano, Texas, is owned and operated by Fin Ewing, III. The Ewing Automotive Group owns Mercedes-Benz of Plano, Ewing Buick GMC in Plano and Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram Fiat in Arlington. A special thank you goes out to Mr. Ewing and all he has done for the Northern Texas PGA, our local PGA Professionals, junior golfers in North Texas and the game of golf.
 
Photo of Mr. Fin Ewing III (left) and Northern Texas PGA President Tony Martinez (right).
 
Final results follow. The scoring format was the low net ball of the three amateurs added to the professional team (listed in upper case) score playing a modified alternate stroke. Complete results follow (professional score – amateur score – total).
 
 
1 Dave Ridley 69-60--129 
Kent Herndon 
Brian Honea 
BRANDT JOBE / KEVIN GOLDING
 
2 Dean Woodward 67-63--130
Keith Moyes
Joe Bob Joyce
MARTIN FLORES / TROY DENTON
 
T3 Lou Paletta 68-63--131
Chris Bardasian
Ralph Searfoss 
CONRAD SHINDLER / BRITT PATTON
 
T3 Ken Mulkey 68-63--131
Doug Gockel 
Frank Borgsmiller 
JOHN SENDEN / MIKE MCCABE
 
T5 Jeremy Wood 72-61--133 
Bill Nardiello 
Scott Munro 
JASON NASH / ROBERT MCMILLAN
 
T5 Jeff Heller 69-64--133
Harold Carter
Jay Dyer 
TAG RIDINGS / BRYAN NICHOLSON
 
T7 Bill Duvall 68-66--134
Chase Prospere
Seth Johnston
RICH BEEM / CAMERON DOAN
 
T7 Malcolm Holland 68-66--134
Clay Smith 
Kip Kernodle 
CHARLIE HOLLAND / GILBERT FREEMAN
 
T7 Will Monroe 67-67--134
Hill Perot 
Jonathan Price 
HARRY HIGGS / RICHIE HARE
 
T10 Jerry Ransom 74-61--135
Keith Bonham
Scott Wagoner
HUNTER HAAS / CARL WORLEY, JR.
 
T10 Mark Griege 70-65--135
Dennis Barnes 
Ray Kubis 
CHAD CAMPBELL / CHAD ENGLISH
 
T10 JJ Gomez 70-65--135
Dan Garrett 
Sam Marynick 
PETER TOMASULO / TODD HARBOUR
 
T13 Eric Jones 70-66--136
David Kelton
Steve West
EDWARD LOAR III / BRETT BEATY
 
T13 Mark Maguire 70-66--136
Mark Kazlowski 
James Kovacs 
TODD HAMILTON / CHRIS MARTINEZ
 
T13 Dan McGrew 73-63--136 
Ralph Gemoets 
Stan Waterhouse 
DAVID GRAHAM / JEFF BARTON
 
16 Neil Grossman 70-67--137
Lew Friedland
John Adams
PAUL STANKOWSKI / TIM CUSICK
 
17 Grant Henson 72-66--138
John Carver
Mike Hooks
JJ HENRY / COURTNEY CONNELL
 
18 Mike McKinley 73-66--139
Ted Daniel 
Mark Todd 
MARTIN PILLER / PHILIP BLEAKNEY
 
19 Jeff Bookout 73-67--140
James Edmondson
Mike Biggs
RYAN PALMER / DOW FINSTERWALD, JR.
 
20 Robert Allday 74-67-141
Bennie Bray 
Jim Greenwood
CODY GRIBBLE / SIMON BUCKLE
 
21 Doug Brooks 72-71--143
Kyle Brooks 
Taylor Brooks 
GERINA PILLER / DEAN LARSSON
 
22 Chris Phillips 74-70--144
Johnny Lee Stanley
Gary Sleeper
MATT WEIBRING / RONNY GLANTON