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Mel Lewis Author of The Guide Book for Charity Fundraiser and Corporate Golf Tournaments

Posted by Sherrie Wilkolaski on Sat, Jun 15, 2013 @ 09:00 AM


Golf Tournaments 101 describes in detail how charities and nonprofits can raise money by holding a one-day fundraiser golf tournament. Step-by-step, everything that is needs to be known about setting up and running a successful event is explained in simple terms. Even 0741460777 resized 600people with no knowledge of golf can put a tournament together! This easy to read and understand guide book can take event coordinators through the correct steps to profit making. It’s also full of suggestion on how to make the day more fun for the golfers and more profitable for the charity.

There’s even a CD included with over 30 user friendly files to make planning and running a fundraiser a much simpler task. For example: an advertising flyer, golfer registration-forms, entry-forms, on-course money-making competitions and golf tournament rule-sheets.

This is a must read must have book for charities, event-planners, schools, religious groups and booster-clubs. It’s also an informative reference guide for golf professionals.

About the author:

Mel Lewis has been a member of the PGA of New Zealand since 1969. From 1993 until 2007 he was the Golf Tournament Director at Braemar Country Club in Tarzana, California, a ClubCorp, Inc. facility. During that time he assisted dozens of charities raise millions of dollars. He ran many seminars, taking charities through the steps required to run successful fundraiser golf tournaments. Those seminars had such an impact that ClubCorp made it mandatory for all their clubs nationwide, to hold at least one seminar every year, based on Mel’s presentations. In 2004, ClubCorp presented Mel with their “Super Star” award.

How did your book come to life?

While working at Braemar Country Club for fourteen years as the golf tournament director specializing in assisting nonprofit organizations plan and run one-day charity fundraiser golf tournaments, the realization that a planning book to help them was obvious. During that time I also developed and ran “Golf Tournaments 101” seminars and invited nonprofits, churches, schools and any fundraising group I could think of to send two of their people to these free events. Many of the people attending these successful seminars had little or no knowledge of golf but were aware that in their area of Los Angeles one-day golf fundraisers were very popular and profitable.

When an organization decided to hold a tournament, the private event director (to arrange all the food and beverage requirements as well as the club-house set-up) and I (to cover all the golf related details) would meet with the organizing committee to plan the whole event. Seeing these tournaments begin and not only succeed but come back year after year with increased player participation and generating more profit for the charity was very rewarding to me. I knew from the seminars I held and from the knowledge I possessed there was a need for a fundraiser golf tournament guide book. It was not until 2007 after I retired that I had the time to start writing.

As a final note, it is estimated that in 2011 across America there were 140,000 one-day fundraiser tournaments, involving 15 million players that brought in perhaps as much as $3 billion

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Why is your book so valuable?

It’s a unique book because there are only a few books on the subject. It is even more unique in that it’s the only book that I know of that has been written by a fully qualified PGA professional who has had years of hands on involvement in the planning and then being total involved in the tournaments on the days that they are played.

Where did you grow up? 

Wellington, New Zealand

Do you like to travel? If so where is your favorite city?

Yes: Sydney, Australia

What is your favorite food?

Freshly caught New Zealand seafood in Visalia my home town, Brewbakers on Main Street is the place to go!

What are you currently reading?

The Story of Danny Dunn by Bryce Courtenay

To order your copy of this book go to

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