The musicians behind platinum-selling country music artist Eric Church are banding together to benefit Grammy’s MusiCares and asking for other members of the industry to do the same. On September 25, 2012, Eric Church’s band will host the inaugural “Put A Club In My Hand” charity golf tournament at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville, Tennessee. A shotgun start will occur at 1:30 p.m. Professionals and musicians in the industry are invited to compete for the championship, and will also have access to complimentary food, prizes, contests and more.
The mastermind behind the golf tournament is Eric’s bass player, Lee Hendricks, who came up with the idea alongside Eric’s other band members: Jeff Cease, Jeff Hyde, Driver Williams, and Craig Wright, as well as Michael Todd Stembridge, Eric’s set carpenter. The purpose of the tournament is to benefit MusiCares, a non-profit GRAMMY organization that provides a safety net of critical assistance for music professionals in times of need.
“I lost a lot of equipment in the Nashville flood, but MusicCares® came in immediately and helped me recover from those financial losses. We, as a band, would love to see Music City step up and repay them for helping to alleviate so much hardship within our community in such a dire time of need, and also acknowledge what they do on a daily basis to make sure all of us are taken care of,” says Hendricks. “They’ve done so much for us…we want to give back.”
The tournament will include a long-drive competition, a closest-to-the-pin contest, and a putting contest. Thirty-six teams will compete for the championship in a four-man scramble format.
When discussing his band’s mission, Eric stated, “I could not be more proud to have my guys step up and decide to do something on their own to give to an organization that helps so many musicians in need. They realized how much they had been helped and wanted to ensure other people would have that opportunity in the future. I certainly will be supporting their efforts and want everyone else to join me.”
Cost of registration is $150 per person. Registration includes tournament entry, a $50 credit in TaylorMade/Adidas mobile pro shop, and complimentary food and beverages.
Prizes to be given away include a PRS guitar and a not-to-be-missed Hawaiian vacation package.
To register, visit ecbgolf.preferredfan.com and enter the password “Swingsteen2012″ where prompted.