They did it. But they are not done yet.
The 21st annual Duff Shaw Classic that was held Monday at North Ranch Country Club in Westlake Village, Calif., resulted in a milestone for the event, which is named in honor of the late golf course superintendent. Shaw, who died in 1994 at only 31 from non-Hodgkins lymphoma, always said 'Whatever it takes.' Well, his friends, peers and even those who never met him continue to do whatever it takes to ensure his legacy is everlasting.
When the event raised somewhere in the vicinity of $70,000 on Monday, all of it to be used in a benevolent fund managed by the GCSA of Southern California to aid and assist association members in times of need, it pushed the grand total from more than two decades of the Duff Shaw Classic to another level.
"It is pretty awesome that for 21 years people have shown their passion, that they care, and are willing to give their time and money," says Cyndy Neal, executive director of the chapter of the GCSA of Southern California."I am happy to report we met our goal ($1 million), but this is not the end."
John Pollok was Shaw's classmate at Penn State and now is a driving force behind the event. He will never tire of making certain Shaw will be remembered.
"As long as I'm kicking, we're going to do something," says Pollok, noting the 2013 event date is set for Dec. 9. "It ($1 million) is remarkable for any tournament, let alone for grass growers."
Throughout the years, the Duff Shaw Classic has assisted numerous members. One member suffered a fatal brain aneurysm, and the fund was used to help his family that was left behind. One member needed a heart transplant. The causes are many, but the Duff Shaw Classic is there to help ease the sadness, the pain, the uncertainty.
"This keeps Duff's name alive," Pollok says. "A lot of people who come to this don't know Duff, never met him, but know it's for the right cause."