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Friday, May 7, 2021 


Champions Golf Course
3900 Westerville Road
Columbus, OH 43224


7am                               Registration Opens
7am-7:45am                  Complimentary breakfast & silent auction open
7:45am                          Golfers on carts and game rules explained
8am                               Tee time for morning golfers

11am                             Registration Opens for afternoon golfers
                                     Driving range, silent auction, and bar open
11:30am-12:30pm          Complimentary lunch and beverages served in club house
12:30pm                        Door prize winners drawn—must be present to win
12:30pm -1:15pm        Guest Speakers
                                     Mayor Andrew Ginther
                                     Mike Doss
(2011 OSU Hall of Fame, 2002 National Champion, 3x All American 00-02)
                                    Live auction for Mother’s Day package (details will be emailed to golfers ahead of May 7)
1:15am                          Afternoon Golfers on carts and game rules explained
1:30pm                         Tee time for afternoon golfers

3pm                              Silent auction closes


Please join us for our 25th Annual Champions for PLAY golf event. The outing features a four-person scramble benefiting the PLAY Scholarship Fund. This high-profile event attracts business leaders and sponsors from a variety of industries to enjoy a full day of golfing activities, continental breakfast, box lunch, beverages and concluding reception. The continued success of this special event relies on corporate sponsorship which enables 100% of the golfers' fees to go directly to the PLAY Scholarship fund.

For everyone’s safety, COVID-19 precautions will be in place. Adjustments may need to be made as the event approaches based on local and State safety protocols. Our priority is the health and safety of our golfers, staff and volunteers.


There are several ways to support the Champions for PLAY Golf Outing.

  • Download our sponsorship and participant informational sheet and registration form click here.
  • To pay for your team(s) and/or sponsorship, please click here.
  • The Brian S. Casey Family Memorial Fund was established to honor Brian and his 19-year-old daughter, Megan, who tragically lost their lives in a plane crash in 2016. Brian was a strong believer in the PLAY program and served on the PLAY Golf Committee for many years. His wife, Sharon, started the fund to continue Brian’s commitment to the PLAY program. Thanks to the generosity of the Casey Family, your donation to the PLAY program this spring will be matched up to $10,000.  Donate now:


For any questions about the Champions for PLAY Golf Outing please contact Erika Shemberg at [email protected] or 614-519-8296.


Tom Merritt, Chairman
Dave Baxter
Sharon Casey
Lisa Connelly
Mike Doss
Melanie Gamez
Jim Joyce
Karl Kennedy
George McCue


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The PLAY Scholarship Fund was created because the City of Columbus believes all kids deserve the chance to play regardless of ability to pay. Financially-challenged families with children 18 years and younger can apply for a PLAY Scholarship for any fee-based program offered through Columbus Recreation and Parks. Each year thousands of children are able to take art classes, learn karate, or join a basketball league thanks to the PLAY Scholarship Fund. The fund is entirely funded through proceeds raised at the annual PLAY Golf Outing and other donations from corporations, foundations and individuals. See videos below to learn more.

To make a donation to the PLAY Scholarship Fund, please click here.