A unique charity golf event, hosted by the author of one of the best-selling volumes of golf fiction ever published, is returning to San Rafael’s Peacock Gap Golf Club next month. As announced by event representatives on Monday August 3, the “Golf in the Kingdom Marathon”, hosted by Michael Murphy, author of the popular golf novel Golf in the Kingdom, will be played September 29, 2015 on the William Bell-designed layout at the respected 55-year-old North Bay club.
Though the tournament is played over the traditional 18 holes, the “marathon” designation derives from the fact that each golfer plays up to two balls on each hole, and a few holes on the course will be designated as “mystery holes” where unusual conditions – such as putting blindfolded – are in place.
Murphy is joined for the event by a several prominent golf professionals, including California Golf Hall of Fame Bobby Clampett and Steve Pate, both now on the Champions Tour. Clampett will conduct a clinic of his “Impact Zone Golf’” system on the morning of the event. The event also includes PGA pro Eric Jones, two-time World Long Drive Champion.
Individuals and groups are invited to participate in this one-of-a-kind scramble that features good fun, good instruction, and many of the usual scramble event activities. The tournament includes a hole-in-one contest, with a $25,000 cash prize, as well as prizes for longest drive and closest to the pin, plus more unusual awards for “most integral player” and “strangest shot.” The noon shotgun will be followed by an awards ceremony, dinner and auction from 5-7 p.m.
The event continues in the evening, following the competition, with a special “Mystery Of Golf’” presentation at Falkirk Mansion in San Rafael, where Murphy will be joined by sports psychologist Dr. Glen Albaugh and golf instructor Pia Nilsson. The presentation begins at 6:30 p.m. and is open to the public; admission is $30 (free for Marathon participants).
Registration for the “Golf In the Kingdom Marathon” is $350 per player. Golfers are encouraged to participate in the “Pledge To Play” program, with the goal of raising $1,000 in sponsorships; individuals also can sponsor other players. Corporate sponsorship, including play and name identification throughout the day, begins at $1,250. Opportunities to play with Clampett, Pate, Jones and other golf professionals are also available. All contributions are tax deductible.
Proceeds from the Marathon support ITP International, a non-profit organization run by Murphy and his partner George Leonard, which offers a wide range of programs, coaching, and consulting services for individuals, groups, and business around the world.
This year the “Golf in the Kingdom Marathon” has added the San Francisco Junior Giants as a beneficiary. A program of the Giants Community Fund, the Junior Giants helps 22,000 under-served boys and girls through the game of baseball.
For more details on the tournament, or to become a sponsor call (888) 366-9213 or visit www.itp-international.org/gkm2015