GREATLIFE CEO ANNOUNCES THREE-YEAR EXTENSIONDuring the trophy ceremony on the 18th green, GreatLIFE CEO Tom Walsh announced a three-year extension of the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge through 2020.
He asked the crowd, which was one of the largest of the season, if they wanted the women back next year. The crowd roared and then Walsh said “alright, we are coming back for three more years” and the crowd roared again in approval.
The Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge started at Willow Run Golf Course in 2015 and quickly became one of the premier events on the schedule.
$91,000 DONATION MADE TO HOUSTON RELIEF EFFORTSGreatLIFE CEO Tom Walsh also announced during the trophy ceremony that the Sioux Falls GreatLIFE Challenge had reached $91,000 and counting for the Hurricane Harvey relief fund started by Symetra Tour player Shannon Fish on Monday.
Fish, a Houston native, tweeted Monday night that she was donating $100 per birdie and $500 per eagle made this week to help aid victims of Hurricane Harvey. Then, the Symetra Tour decided to match her donation and the tournament did the same.
On Tuesday night, Walsh announced at the pairings party that GreatLIFE would match up to $50,000 and that’s when things really took off.
The GreatLIFE Cares Foundation is going to keep the fund open through September and a final donation will be made in early October.
“It’s amazing what this community has done in less than a week,” said Fish. “I missed the cut this week, but my heart has never been so full. When I wrote the tweet on Monday, I had no idea that this would turn into something that is truly going to help my city. Thanks to everyone that has helped give hope back to Houston all the way from Sioux Falls. We have made a difference.”