Five former Gator football players and a live ‘gator (yes, a REAL one) will be the main attraction at this year’s Brevard County Gator Club Kickoff & Golf Challenge, which will take place on Sat., Aug. 18 at Duran Golf Club in Viera. There will be a free children’s golf clinic at 3:00 p.m. The nine-hole par three Golf Challenge begins at 4:00 p.m. and is followed by the Kickoff party at the clubhouse at 5:30 p.m.
“The Brevard County Gator Club Kickoff and Golf Challenge is one of our biggest events and by far the most fun,” says Brad Bowers, event chairman. “This year is the first time we have had multiple Gators play golf and attend the afterparty. We hope to make this our largest annual fundraising event!”
People of all ages are invited to attend. The event is family-friendly with something for everyone. In addition to the free golf clinic, there is a supervised, outdoor “Kids’ Fun Zone.” “Ally,” the club’s six-foot alligator mascot and “Squirt” (a real live baby alligator), will be in attendance for photo opportunities–or, as the club calls them, “snap” shots.The Brevard County Gator Club Kickoff party gets underway at 5:30 p.m. with pep rally music and a presentation of highlights from past Gator seasons. A looping slide show will preview the upcoming season and honor the Gator alumni in attendance. A “TailGator” buffet will open at 6:30 p.m.
Vendors will be on hand, selling unique items and bringing a little bit of “The Swamp” to Brevard. There will also be a silent auction, raffles and prizes for the best dressed men and women Gators.
Former Gator players Tony Rowell, Robin Fisher, Cal Dixon, Fred McCallister and Hugh Barton (and perhaps more) are scheduled to be on hand to meet and chat with fans and club members. They have also registered to play in the Golf Challenge and will sign autographs during the event.
Kelly Collazo (“Kelly Red”) from ESPN Radio’s “Play’n the Field” and Mike Lowe from Lite Rock’s 99.3 “Mike and Mindy Show” will co-host the event. Tickets for the Brevard County Gator Club Kickoff Party are $20 (members), $25 (non-members) and $15 (children under 12).
The Golf Challenge begins at 4:00 p.m. This nine-hole, par three event will feature a closest-to-the-pin and longest putt contest. The format is a two man scramble. There will be prizes for the winning and losing teams and the winners of the two contests. The golf event is expected to sell out quickly as it is limited to 36 players. Tickets for the Golf Challenge are $20.
Individuals and businesses can participate in this event in a variety of ways. They are invited to make a donation, provide raffle prizes, or choose a level of sponsorship. There are several different levels, with program sponsors starting at $25. Golf holes can be sponsored for $50.
Tickets can be purchased online via the Brevard County Gator Club homepage. For further information, to make a donation or to become a sponsor call 321-890-7754 or email [email protected] Brevard County Gator fans are encouraged to “like” the club on Facebook.