Inaugural Pro Am Golf Tournament

Next month, during Veteran’s Day weekend, 18 PGA tour pros, along with their amateur teammates, will be challenged by one of the most storied golf courses in Florida as part of an Inaugural Pro Am Golf Tournament.

About 45 minutes northwest of Central Florida you find Howey-in-the-Hills, a small community- an example of the magnificent among the ordinary. Mission Inn Resort & Club is a sprawling property that features breathtaking Spanish architecture and pristinely manicured Bermuda grassed golf courses. The 18-hole El Campeon course is one of the oldest courses in Florida, having opened in 1926, and offers as much difficulty as beauty. El Campeon’s slopes and longest tees for a par (72) will not only challenge its golfers, but also inspire the community to action for a worthwhile cause.

The local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity has identified a need to address the issue of Veterans Housing in their community. According to, of the 23.4 million veterans in America, 1.7 million of them live in Florida. Of those, 50-75,000 of them can be found in Lake and Sumter Counties. Many of them are without housing, or live in substandard conditions. As a way to elevate and educate the community on this issue, Habitat for Humanity of Lake- Sumter, in partnership with Mission Inn Resort & Club and The PGA, will be hosting the Inaugural Pro Am Golf Tournament on Veterans Day weekend.

On Monday November 12th, both tour pros and amateurs alike will do their best to conquer the almost 7,000 yards of greens and up to 85 feet in elevations that El Campeon has to offer. This conquering of El Campeon will actually serve as the culmination of a weekend full of events kicking off Habitat’s Veteran’s Housing Initiative. On Saturday the 10th, Veterans and civilian members of the community will gather for the truss raising on a home for a disabled Vietnam Veteran. On Sunday, elite members of the community will gather for a silent auction and dinner aimed at raising both awareness and financial support for the housing issue plaguing veterans in the Lake and Sumter county communities.

Stay tuned to and Everything Lake Magazine for full coverage of Habitat’s Veterans Housing Initiative events on Veteran’s Day weekend this November!

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