Masters’ winner Mark O’Meara shared trade secrets and Tiger Woods stories to kick off the Oasis Championship pro golf tourney in Boca. His tip to chip? “Put your weight on the left side to hit better shots,” he said at a clinic Monday on the Old Course at Broken Sound. That’s where the pros will play for real this Friday through Sunday in the televised PGA event.
Meara, 62, made a hole in one on the putting green to the delight of 68 women signed up to play. He was introduced by Jim Dunn of JM Lexus.
“This is women golfing for women’s health,” chair Terry Fedele told Boca Voice. Part of the pro-am’s proceeds go to the Christine E. Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute at Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The hospital benefits from this Pro-Links event for the PGA every year.
Barb Schmidt welcomed the players at breakfast with a few moments of mindfulness. Also among the players were Christine E. Lynn, 2018 Woman Volunteer of the Year Jeannette DeOrchis and Florida Atlantic University women’s golf coach Aimee Neff. City Councilwoman Monika Mayotte was there in her own right and as the wife of Terry Mayotte, Oasis co-founder and CFO.
Two-time Masters champion Jose Maria Olazabal became the final player to enter the field of 78. That gives the PGA TOUR Champions event 10 Hall of Famers and 18 former major champions, according to tour stats. Players will compete for a $1.7 million purse.
Tickets are available at the Oasis Championship site for $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. Kids 18 and younger and fans 70 and older with proper ID get in free.
By Marci Shatzman