Over the years, G.O.L.F. has grown in size and outreach. Our group of buddies getting together for an annual round of golf now includes friends, family, and multiple generations. The organization is helping hundreds of students go to college. We can't believe what a journey it's been and are so excited to see where it keeps going!
G.O.L.F. was organized as a charitable foundation and initially directed its funds to Little City in Palatine, Illinois. Little City works with children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
A few years later we directed our support to Maryville Academy and Fr. John Smyth in his mission to provide educational opportunities to disadvantaged youth. In 2005 Fr. Smyth founded the Standing Tall Foundation, www.standingtallfoundation.org, which is the current recipient of the money raised at the golf outing.
In 2006, G.O.L.F. added a second fundraising event – Super Bowl Raffle – to provide financial support for one or two Cristo Rey High School graduates attending college. Cristo Rey is a Jesuit High School in Chicago’s Pilsen/Little Village neighborhood. Take a minute and look at Cristo Rey – www.cristorey.net.
1978 to 1984
In 1978 twenty-seven golfers teed off at Villa Olivia Golf Club in Bartlett, Illinois in the inaugural event that ultimately became the Greater Organization for the Less Fortunate and the Annual Chicago Charity Classic golf outing to raise funds to help the less fortunate. The number of players increased dramatically over the next two years, requiring a move to Renwood Golf Club in Round Lake Beach, Illinois, where the outing was played from 1980 to 1984.
1985 to 1991
In 1985 we moved to Chapel Hill Golf Club in McHenry and played there until 1991. The highlight of the Chapel Hill years was the only hole-in-one in the history of G.O.L.F. On August 9, 1987, Tom Lally aced the 162 yard 8th hole with a self described soft 4 wood (Lynx) into a raging wind and won a 1987 Volkswagen Cabriolet convertible donated by Jennings Chevrolet & Volkswagen.
1992 TO PRESENT
From 1992 to 1995, the event was played at Chevy Chase Golf Club in Wheeling, and in 1996 the Chicago Charity Classic moved to its current home at the Glenview Park Golf Club in Glenview, Illinois. In 2014, the Glenview Park Golf Club began renovations so the outing was held at the Wilmette Park District Golf Club and took advantage of a shotgun start for the first time. In 2015, we returned to Glenview with new tees, improved fairways, and faster greens.