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Noblemen Golf Classic Best Par-Tee in Town

From participants and revelers dressed in crazy garb resembling would be contestants on the game show “Let’s Make A Deal”, to DJ’s spinning tunes worthy of some of the area’s best nightclubs, the Noblemen Golf Classic may not be a tournament to choose if you are fanatical about your golf game.

And that’s exactly the point.

At up to $2,000 for a Deluxe Team, the perennially sold-out Noblemen Golf Classic, held this year on May 24 at the Red Wing Lake Golf Course, is not trying to attract golfers who sign up to win trophies or are concerned about their handicap (although many who sign up are quite serious about the game).

In its 8th year, the golf tournament which features food, drink, games and various activities at each hole (called “tee parties”) is one of the most popular, albeit looniest, charity golf tournaments in the area. Tee Party sponsors are encouraged to be as creative and as imaginative as they wish, and many go to great lengths to stand out. Among the most imaginative this year: a Newt Gingrich Moon Base complete with a “bounce house” (because bouncing is part of the moon experience, isn’t it?), and sponsors dressed up as astronauts, aliens, and everything in between. Visitors to the Moon Base were provided a VIP Moon Badge entitling them to “exclusive” Moon privileges.

Other Tee Party notables included a “Viva Las Nobles” wedding chapel, “teeth cleaning” provided by Oceanfront Dentistry, and a “shots and brats” bier garden sponsored by the inimitable “Burpenfartzen Brothers.”

According to Al Midgett, CEO and Founder of the philanthropic group, participants come back every year because they get to experience a round of golf like no other where fun, networking and “being Noble” are the order of the day.

“It just goes to show the lengths adults will go to help raise money for kids,” Midgett (pictured below, right) told Hampton Roads Social as he labored over the pork barbecue and Cornish hens that were to be served at the after tournament dinner (another much anticipated aspect of the event that entices participants to return year after year). “It’s not about golf today… it’s about local business and local people coming together to do something wonderful for children in need. It’s about being part of the solution,” explained Midgett.

Chris, a comptroller for a local government contractor looks forward to the annual tournament.

“Truly, this is the one tournament where I actually come to decompress. I don’t care if I hit a bad shot,” Chris said. “What’s there not to love about getting together with your buddies or clients for refreshments, delicious food and DJs at every hole? What’s there not love about helping kids?”

Indeed, what’s there “not to love?”

Since 2004, the Noblemen Golf Classic has raised over $500,000 for children’s charities and causes.

Click here for event highlights video produced by Hampton Roads Social
Click here to see more photos from the 2012 Noblemen Golf Classic
Click here to learn more about the Noblemen’s “Noble Deeds.”
Click here to find out how you can help the Noblemen.


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