Golf is in the air in DFW as May has arrived and the HP Byron Nelson Championship in Las Colinas and the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial in Fort Worth are in sight. While we are still a few days away from Phil Mickelson, Ernie Els, John Daly and Rickie Fowler arriving in North Texas, a rather unique golf event took place on May 8th at TopGolf in Allen.
The "First Ever" Bone Daddy's golf tournament benefiting Dress for Success was an instant hit as the 418 spots sold out well in advance. The cost of $75 per player or $395 per hitting bay (six players) included three hours of unlimited Top Golf, unlimited access to a bistro buffet, a goodie bag and various games including the closest to the pin contest (Pin-Daddy) and closest to the hole (Mac-Daddy).
Girls from all four DFW Bone Daddy's locations were in attendance. The fact that 8-of-10 employees that work for Bone Daddy's are female made the Dallas-based Dress for Success the perfect match when looking for the right philanthropic partner. The charity's mission is "to promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and life."
TopGolf Allen is like a glorified driving range with targets and three levels of private hitting bays that are complete with flat screens. The menu includes finger foods to gourmet meals and signature cocktails such as the Bunker Beater and the Tipsy Palmer and each bay has its own server. A highlight of the Allen location is its automated ball system where the golfer waves the club head in front of the machine and the golf ball appears. Since each ball is tied to its particular player via a microchip, it eliminates the prototypical scramble golfer who likes to get 'creative' with his eraser on his scorecard prior to posting it. It also allows newer or less-skilled players to have a relaxing time without the 'slow play' factor creeping up.
"Top Golf was the perfect venue for his event," said Dress for Success board member Dena Miller. "We are very fortunate to be involved with Bone Daddy's and to be able to raise such a significant amount of money in a short amount of time was amazing."
When all was said and done, Bone Daddy's President/Founder Mike Leatherwood presented a $17,500 check from the event to the charitable organization. After a TopGolf Allen record number of players showed up for the inaugural tournament that was organized and executed by Dallas Girl Golf, Leatherwood said it will be an annual event. And good news for Cowtown residents, he also assured me that Bone Daddy's is currently scouting a few places in anticipation of opening a Fort Worth location.
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