LEESBURG, Va. – A capacity field enjoyed the third annual DC Touchdown Club presented by Capital Bank N.A. Golf Outing benefiting the Bill Phillips Memorial Fund on Friday afternoon at Raspberry Falls Golf and Hunt Club. Once again, the Club raised thousands of dollars for the fund, which is used to help wounded warriors and others in need of assistance.
Among those playing in the round were Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Barney Barnum, representatives of the Fort Belvoir Wounded Warrior Golf Program, James Madison University football coach Everett Withers, American Athletic Conference administrators and two of Bill Phillips’ sons, Paul and Colter Phillips.
“What an awesome day,” DC Touchdown Club Executive Director Steve Beck said. “It is incredibly satisfying to look at all those who have joined us before for this event and those who are newcomers and know the difference everyone comes together to make. This event gets bigger and better every year.”
Beck also thanked the event’s sponsors, including DC Touchdown Club title sponsor Capital Bank; Under Armour; Comcast-NBCUniversal and Hyundai, which sponsored the Hole-in-One, Longest Drive and Closest to the Pin contests, provided golf balls to every player and will send two members of the winning foursome to its National Final in Las Vegas in October. Each golfer received an Under Armour gift bag including UA sunglasses and a discount card.
The group of Wes Strang, Jonathan Peel and Johnny Wilson took first place by shooting a 17-under par 55 in the scramble format. Peel and Wilson will represent the group in the Hyundai Invitational National Final in Las Vegas in October. Clay Solomon won the longest drive competition, while Billy Gribbin won the closest to the pin.
Bill Phillips was 56 when he was killed in a 2010 plane crash in Alaska. His three older sons played major-college football: Andrew at Stanford, Colter at Virginia and Paul at Indiana. His youngest son, Willy, is entering his senior year of high school.
“We are proud and honored to work in Bill’s memory and continue his tradition of helping others,” Beck said. “This event is the catalyst for what we do. Also, we want to thank the Raspberry Falls staff and head pro, Willy Lutz, for all they did to make our event so successful.”
The DC Touchdown Club is working on events for the fall. Visit www.dctouchdownclub.com for updates and more information.