2019 Sanford International raises $140K to give back

Beneficiaries include Sanford Children's Hospital and Make-A-Wish

Rocco Mediate celebrates in a black cap and rose-decorated shoes at the Sanford International at Minnehaha Country Club

The Sanford International Presented by Cambria continued its tradition of supporting charities and local organizations by generating $140,000 in 2019 — more than double the amount of its inaugural year. Since 2018, the tournament has given back more than $200,000 to the community.

“The week of the tournament is incredibly special, but to see the lasting effect the money raised and donated has on the community is what it’s all about,” said Josh Brewster, tournament director of the Sanford International. “We are so thankful Sioux Falls has embraced the tournament from the very beginning and look forward to continue making the Sanford International such a meaningful event.”

The designated beneficiaries of the 2019 Sanford International are:

“It is never lost on me how fortunate we are to have so many people in our community who are so willing to make a difference,” said Bobbie Tibbetts, president of the Sanford Health Foundation. “The funds will go directly toward making a significant impact on the lives of children and their families.”

The second annual Sanford International was held Sept. 16-22 at Minnehaha Country Club. More than 74,000 patrons attended the five days of golf between the pro-ams and tournament play. Nearly 1,000 volunteers from a dozen states donated more than 15,000 hours of time to help with the event.

Youth involvement

The Sanford International is also involved in several youth golf events in the region including the SDGA-Sanford Junior Golf Series and the Sanford Golf Futures Tour. All golfers who participated in the SDGA-Sanford Junior Golf Series received a complimentary Sanford POWER Golf Academy Youth Pass to the Sanford International. Winners of the Sanford Golf Futures Tour received specially created trophies inspired by the one given to the winner of the Sanford International.

In 2018, the PGA TOUR and its tournaments — including the Sanford International — generated $190 million in charitable impact. That brings the TOUR’s all-time total to nearly $3 billion. The amount generated in 2019 will be finalized in early 2020.

The Sanford International returns to Minnehaha Country Club on Sept. 7-13, 2020.

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