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GYF Golf Classic Returns to American Dunes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Griffins Youth Foundation Golf Classic, presented by Meijer, will return to the spectacular American Dunes Golf Club in Grand Haven on Monday, Aug. 29. Morning and afternoon rounds will once again be offered for the 28th annual event at this Jack Nicklaus-designed masterpiece. In its second year of operation, American Dunes donates proceeds to the families of deceased and injured U.S. military personnel.

The golf classic, one of West Michigan’s premier charitable and golf events, serves as the primary fundraiser for the Griffins Youth Foundation. In addition, greens fees support Folds of Honor, a charitable organization founded by Lt. Col. Dan Rooney that provides scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service members. All profits from American Dunes are donated to Folds of Honor, which has awarded academic scholarships in the amount of $125 million to more than 29,000 recipients since 2007.

“We knew the move to American Dunes last summer was going to be special. In the end, we were overwhelmed with what turned out to be a perfect day,” said Bob Kaser, event director and president of the Griffins Youth Foundation. “A sold-out field for both the a.m. and p.m. rounds got to experience one of the world’s finest new courses and a staff second to none. We are so honored to call American Dunes our new home.”

There will be a morning and afternoon shotgun start, beginning at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. The scramble-format classic includes lunch, 18 holes of premier golf with a cart, on-course food and beverages, contest holes, and the opportunity to win an array of prizes through a raffle and auction. Click here to register yourself or a foursome and learn more about the event.

Established in 1995, the Griffins Youth Foundation promotes academic excellence, community involvement and healthy lifestyles among the youth of West Michigan, enhancing their lives through hockey and ice-related sports. The foundation provides opportunities for nearly 500 deserving boys and girls - many of whom are underprivileged, underserved, at-risk or have special needs - to participate in the great sport of hockey at no cost. Programs currently include co-ed hockey for first through 12th graders, a girls-only division, learn-to-skate and learn-to-play programs, and the Grand Rapids Sled Wings sled hockey team for children and teens with physical disabilities.

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Photo by Mark Newman/Griffins

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