This year the tournament took place on Friday, November 11, 2011, at the Shell Point Golf Club, and a special ceremony was held to recognize the courageous efforts of all veterans. Before the tee off, all the veterans who were present gathered for a group photo and received a special patriotic golf marker.
“This year we hosted the tournament on a very special day, 11-11-11. It was truly an honor to meet all those in attendance who have, and still do serve our amazing country,” said Timothy Stephenson, executive director of the Legacy Foundation. “This was our 8th year hosting the Shell Point Open, and every year we continue to receive overwhelming support. Golfers and sponsors alike continue to support and enjoy this tournament because of developing friendships and the opportunity to help a worthwhile cause.”
Additionally this year, a participating golfer, Scott Loiacano who works for Wright Construction, successfully made a hole-in-one on Shell Point Golf Club’s hole #16. This is a first in the history of the tournament. He received a 2 night 3 day stay at the Sandpiper Resort, as well as a $100 Home Depot card. Hole #16, a par 3 at 120 yards, was Loiacano’s last hole of the tournament, which was a great way to end the day.
UBS Financial Services Inc., The Scoggins/Moreland Group, graciously offered to be the title sponsor for the event, which hosted 110 golfers. The corporate sponsors included Wright Construction; The Alliance Development Fund; Harvey-Engelhardt Funeral Home; and Alexander & Hoover, CPA’s, PA.
The Shell Point Golf Club is an 18-hole Championship Golf Course that opened in 2000 and was designed by Gordon Lewis. The course offers a grass driving range and practice green, lessons, a fully-stocked pro shop and snack bar, and all the course golf carts are equipped with Uplink GPS monitors. The course is open to the public, and is located at the entrance to Shell Point Retirement Community in Fort Myers, Florida, just off Summerlin Road, two miles before the Sanibel Island Causeway.