2004: Palmer charity event raises more than $5.1 million

Detroit

The Turning Point Invitational, a charity event hosted by Arnold Palmer Aug. 30 that brought together more than 25 former U.S. Amateur champions, had been publicized as the most successful charity golf tournament ever staged.

According to all accounts, and after raising more than $5.1 million for various children’s educational charities, the benefit held at Detroit Country Club lived up to its pre-tournament billing.

The Turning Point Invitational marked the 50-year anniversary of Palmer winning the U.S. Amateur at Detroit CC on Aug. 28, 1954. The benefit was a commemoration of the victory Palmer has called “my turning point in golf.”

“I think winning the Amateur was certainly one of the most important wins that I ever had in golf,” Palmer said. “Certainly as the years go by, that win becomes more and more important to me.”

Each former U.S. Amateur champion was teamed with four amateurs who paid $25,000 apiece to play. Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Mark O’Meara and 2004 champion Ryan Moore were just a few of the past U.S. amateur winners who donated their time in the two-best-ball-format event.

Tickets for a black-tie dinner the night before the tournament were $1,000, and tickets for a spot in the tournament gallery went for $1,500 each. Auctions and merchandise sales also contributed to the record-setting charity event.

Funds raised will benefit the Arnold Palmer Educational Fund, Cornerstone Schools, First Tee of Michigan, the Children’s Scholarship Fund - Detroit, the ART of Leadership Foundation and the Warm Up To Reading program.

– Staff reports

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