05 Mar Bobby Weed Scores a Hole-In-One at His Annual HEAL Golf Gig for Autism
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (March 3, 2019) – Bobby Weed, CEO of Bobby Weed Golf Design http://www.bobbyweed.com/ and founder of the HEAL Foundation –Helping Enrich Autistic Lives – reports that the 2019 HEAL Gala and Bobby Weed’s Golf Gig were a great success.
“Both the gala and the golf tournament were sold out,” Weed said. “The staff at TPC Sawgrass were a class act hosting our tournament, resulting in a very high-caliber event.”
The 124 players included golf-industry representatives, corporate sponsors and local supporters. Weed scored a hole-in-one on #11 (his 5th) at his tournament on Dye’s Valley, the golf course he co-designed with Pete Dye.
This year’s HEAL Gala raised $350,000 for autism. HEAL’s next initiative is a $1.5 million project to build five ALL-ABILITIES parks across Northeast Florida. These specialized parks will give those with all abilities the opportunity to convene, play, learn, socialize, and have fun together.
Weed and his wife, Leslie, who founded the HEAL Foundation in 2004, have a daughter, Lanier (age 20), who is profoundly affected by autism and is non-verbal.
“Leslie and I appreciate the strong and growing support and donations to assist individuals and their families living in Northeast Florida,” Weed said. “We are most grateful for the heartfelt, generous support of this event.”
“The real winners are those affected by autism and their families,” added Leslie Weed.
Monies raised will fund a multitude of autism programs. Since its inception, HEAL has granted over $2 million locally, assisting thousands of children, teens and adults through specialized programs, summer camps, educational enhancements, the arts, service dogs and the gifting of 400 iPads to school classrooms, so those who cannot speak may utilize this technology to communicate.
About the HEAL Foundation
Established in 2004 by Leslie and Bobby Weed, the HEAL Foundation is a grassroots non-profit organization based in Northeast Florida. HEAL supports organizations, camps, and schools serving those with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Northeast Florida.
MISSION: Inspiring, educating, and funding services for those affected by autism in our community.
VISION: Make our community the best place to live for those affected by autism.
About Bobby Weed Golf Design
Bobby Weed Golf Design specializes in contemporary, progressive golf course design. Founded in 1994, the firm utilizes a forward-thinking, hands-on approach for new golf courses, comprehensive renovations and repurposing projects.
Bobby Weed began his career with an extended apprenticeship under Pete Dye, leading to a nearly 40-year relationship that continues today. Weed was hired by the PGA Tour in 1983, where he served as the Tour’s in-house designer from 1987-1996, helping establish the nationwide TPC Network. Weed also is the co-founder of the non-profit HEAL (Helping Enrich Autistic Lives), a charitable organization serving the five-county area around his home in north Florida.
Senior Design Associate Chris Monti, a Cornell University graduate, spent a year examining the courses of the British Isles. Since 1997 he has contributed his unique perspective to Bobby Weed Golf Design, managing nationally prominent new course, renovation and restoration projects across the country.
For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see http://www.bobbyweed.com/