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Boca’s winningest pro golfer hosts Christian youth golf outing

Bernhard Langer’s 25th year as host of the Youth for Christ Golf Classic was just the beginning. Langer not only donated items for the auctions, he urged players to keep bidding.

The highest bidders will caddie for Langer at the Masters Tournament’s Par 3 contest in April. “It will be a light bag, only five clubs,” he kidded.

Langer provided autographed gloves and clubs among 50 plus silent auction items. Auctioneer Tyler Wright took bids on live auction items from Langer that included an autographed flag and a dinner menu from the 2018 Masters.

Langer also fields a foursome who each donate money to play golf with him. His fivesome won the outing, held Monday at Bear Lakes Country Club’s Lakes golf course.

PGA golfer Bernhard Langer and host greets Kelvin Bernard, 22, who spoke and displayed live auction items at the awards dinner for the Youth for Christ Golf Classic.

All proceeds from the auctions and  tournament go to Palm Beach County Youth for Christ’s camps and ministries. Longtime friend and spiritual mentor Larry Moody paid tribute to Langer, calling him “a Godly man.”

“We not only honor and celebrate him, but what God has done through him,” said David Killian, the youth group’s executive director and the evening’s emcee.

Why did he get so involved with this golf outing 25 years ago?

“I became a believer in 1985,” Langer told Boca Voice. “I got to meet them and this was a worthy cause.”

Pinnacle Advertising in Boca Raton and CEO Peter Gary was among the sponsors. Other Boca Ratonians there included Place of Hope CEO Charles Bender and Kimley Horn’s Jim Sumislaski, also chairman of the city’s Citizens’ Pedestrian & Bikeway Advisory Board.

By Marci Shatzman

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