CHARLOTTE (September 17, 2022) – Avid golfers from the collision repair industry and local St. Louis businesses had an opportunity to tee it up at the legendary Boone Valley Golf Club on Monday for the NABC® Gateway Pars for Cars Golf Fundraiser, presented by Enterprise. St. Louis legends Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals’ “Wizard of Oz” and MLB Hall of Famer, and Jackie Smith, who played for the St. Louis Cardinals (NFL) and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1994, were on hand for the festivities.
Boone Valley Golf Club is one of the premier private golf resorts in St. Louis. The 18-hole club was founded by Robert Ross and was built by golf course architect, PB Dye, son of celebrated golf course architect Pete Dye. Host to PGA, LPGA and USGA events, the challenging layout offers spectacular views and an incredible experience for golfers.
When the dust settled in the sold-out event, there was a three-way tie, which was settled in a scorecard playoff. Winners of the event included:
1st Place — Score: 59
Jeremiah Essmyer and Jeff Moellering with their teammates
2nd Place — Score: 59
Jeff Wessels, Michael Arcuri, David Wehunt and Ozzie Smith (shown at right)
3rd Place — Score: 59
Darin Mongler, Tyler Peasel, Drew Smith and Austin Rhoades
The winners of the longest drive contest were Jim Hanneman and Julie Fernandez. Closest to the pin winners were Jason Shy at 2’3″ and Marty Fitz at 9’5″. The NABC Drive Out Distraction putting contest was won by Greg Gettman.
As part of the awards ceremony, NABC held a live auction for autographed Ozzie Smith jerseys and baseballs, an autographed Albert Pujols baseball and two autographed Jackie Smith footballs.
Following the golf tournament, NABC® and its partners hosted a NABC Recycled Rides® event, presenting vehicles to three deserving local veterans and military families in need. NABC Recycled Rides® is a unique program in which businesses representing all facets of the collision repair industry team up to repair and donate vehicles to individuals and families in need of reliable transportation. Since the inception of the NABC Recycled Rides® program in 2007, members of the National Auto Body Council have donated nearly 3,000 vehicles valued at more than $42 million.
Proceeds from the event help support hundreds of NABC Recycled Rides® car presentations to those in need, NABC F.R.E.E.™ education programs for first responders, and NABC® Drive Out Distraction campaigns that keeps thousands of drivers safe on the road.
ABOUT THE NATIONAL AUTO BODY COUNCIL®
The National Auto Body Council®, which celebrated its’ 25th anniversary in 2020, is the premier organization of collision industry partners dedicated to strategic networking opportunities that positively change lives in the communities we serve. The collaborative membership of the National Auto Body Council® has gifted nearly 3,000 vehicles, provided extrication opportunities for some 5,000 First Responders and contributed to thousands of distracted driving pledges in communities through NABC Recycled Rides®, NABC First Responder Emergency Extrication (F.R.E.E.™) and the NABC® Drive Out Distraction program. That effort equates to a 4:1 ROI in dollar value delivered from NABC® membership dollars. The National Auto Body Council® is changing the paradigm of how the collision industry works and is viewed. For more information, visit www.NationalautoBodyCouncil.org.