Wednesday, November 2, 2016

RECAP, 2016

Thanks to several donors giving lump sums and several other encouraging "per-hole" sponsorships, we raised over $2,000 for the Center for Pregnancy in Friendswood!

I made several updates on Facebook and Instagram, but the end result was setting a new tournament record for holes played: 217. 

The day started very foggy. This was a shot of the green from 175yds at 8:45am.
It was a very foggy day to start, but about 2 hours into the tournament the remaining fog had burned off and it turned into a great day for golf!

The rules were a little different this year, in that most golfers started the day by playing 5 golfballs per hole. Me and one other golfer failed to get that notice, so we played for 2.5 hours playing only 2 balls per hole. After that, I went my own way and started my customary jog between the cart and the different shots, playing 3 balls on most holes and occasionally 4 balls on par 3 holes. 

Mid afternoon, with 172 holes completed, I ran into another golfer who told me about the 5 ball decision, and that he had completed 215 holes and was done for the day. Initially crestfallen that my previous record had been smashed and that I was behind the rest of the group's pace, I did a quick calculation of my remaining time. 

If I wanted to leave the course by 4:45, I had just over an hour to beat this man's record. Playing 5 balls per hole and the entire front nine of the course, I was able to get to 217 holes and establish a new tournament record. After all, as the t-shirt says: "I didn't come here to lose." 

In the end, a very worthy cause was served. Through the efforts of my donors and those supporting the other golfers, the Center for Pregnancy will continue providing essential services to new families through necessary daily items like diapers and clothing, but also through counseling, support groups, and education. I can't wait until next year, and I hope you will join me in praying throughout the year for the Center's staff and volunteers, but more so for the families that are touched through this ministry.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Golf for a Good Cause!!

You are needed again!!!

"The Center for Pregnancy is a non-profit ministry supported by local churches and individuals. Located in Friendswood, Texas, we serve the entire Bay Area.The Center provides an environment of acceptance and warmth with the goal of making an unplanned pregnancy in a woman's life as easy as possible to face." The golf tournament is the center's major annual fundraiser.

What it is: 12 golfers will be on the course all day on October 31, and for every hole of golf played, their sponsors agree to pay a certain amount. It's just like sponsoring a runner in a marathon. In 2009, I played a record-setting 164 holes and then I broke that record in 2012 by playing 190 holes!! How many do you think I can play this year?

How can you help? 
By sponsoring me for every hole of golf I play!
By praying for the families who are struggling under the pressure of an unplanned pregnancy
By praying for the ministry being done through the center 
By volunteering to help, call: 281-482-LOVE

Sponsorship options: 
Donate an amount per hole played
Donate a flat amount HERE

Ways to challenge me and make it fun: 
Pledge an amount over and above your per hole pledge for every birdie made, 1-putt, GIR, or every hole played over 100

Donate HERE, indicate your pledge in the comments below, send me a message, tag me on Facebook or Twitter (@jjellis), or email jve819@gmail.com. Thanks!!!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Contact Information for Submitting Pledges

Another huge thank you to all of my donors for sponsoring me in this year's marathon golf tournament. If you would like to get ahead of things and submit your donations for this year's taxes, you can send your checks here:

Make checks payable to the "Center for Pregnancy"

217C East Parkwood
Friendswood, Texas 77546

If necessary, you can also call 281-482-5683

or follow the link to send them an email.

Thanks again!!!!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Results!

A big thank you to all of my donors for helping me raise $2,281.50 for the Center for Pregnancy! A huge thank you to my biggest donors Matt and Angie Butcher!

If you follow me on twitter (@jjellis), you know snippets of the story. It was a windy but otherwise perfect day for playing 8.5 hours of golf! We started right about 8am, and the only considerable break I took was at 12:45 to grab a few sandwiches for lunch. That's right, I grabbed them and headed out the door, snacking as I played. At the point that I stopped for lunch, I had 94 holes completed.

As the afternoon progressed, I really didn't think that I would be able to break the record because my pace started to slow (and the Aleve started to wear off). But continuing to jog from shot to shot helped keep the pace up, and having a corner of the golf course to myself also helped.

By far the scariest moment of the day happened at about hole #180, when my scorecard blew out of the cart! I jumped out of the moving golf cart and sprinted across the fairway to catch it 20 yards before it went into a lake. Only I would play that many holes and then find a way to lose a scorecard or jump into a lake to retrieve it.

Nearing the end of the day, I was tired. My back seized up on hole #20, I ripped open a blister on my hand at hole #140, and did I mention I was tired? So as I completed hole #185, another golfer met me as I was headed to the clubhouse. Has told me that he too had played 185 holes, and that I should go play one more to prevent a tie. So I played one more hole, but then realizing I had to drive back to the clubhouse anyway, I played two more holes (2 balls each) on my way in to finish at 190 holes of golf.

In the end, a very worthy cause was served. Through the efforts of my donors and those supporting the other golfers, the Center for Pregnancy can continue providing essential services to new families through necessary daily items like diapers and clothing, but also through counseling, support groups, and education. I can't wait until next year, and I hope you will join me in praying throughout the year for the Center's staff and volunteers, but more so for the families that are touched through this ministry.

May the Lord bless you for your cheerful generosity!!

Monday, November 5, 2012

You are needed!!!

"The Center for Pregnancy is a non-profit ministry supported by local churches and individuals. Located in Friendswood, Texas, we serve the entire Bay Area.The Center provides an environment of acceptance and warmth with the goal of making an unplanned pregnancy in a woman's life as easy as possible to face." The golf tournament is the center's major annual fundraiser.

What it is: 12 golfers will be on the course all day on November 12, and for every hole of golf played, their sponsors agree to pay a certain amount. It's just like sponsoring a runner in a marathon. In 2009, I played a record-setting 164 holes (which means I swung a golf club over 800 times), and I have played the most golf holes every year since. How many do you think I can play this year?

How can you help?
By sponsoring me for every hole of golf I play!
By praying for the families who are struggling under the pressure of an unplanned pregnancy
By praying for the ministry being done through the center
By volunteering to help, call: 281-482-LOVE

Sponsorship options:
Donate an amount per hole played
Donate a flat amount

Ways to challenge me and make it fun:
Pledge an amount over and above your per hole pledge for every birdie made, 1-putt, GIR, or every hole played over 100

INDICATE YOUR PLEDGE IN THE COMMENTS BELOW, SEND ME A MESSAGE, or email jve819@gmail.com. Thanks!!!