Swinging into Action at the Cleveland Indians Celebrity Pro-Am


A golf fan – yes.  A skilled player – most definitely not.  So when the opportunity to play at the Cleveland Indians Celebrity Pro-Am (as part of the Web.Com tour) came my way, I, despite my occasional player status, jumped at the chance to get out and play at this major, prestigious event.  To top it off, the tour was not only going to be in my home town but also in my very own club, the Lakewood County Club, which I’ve recently joined and which is known for its fabulous tree-lined fairways, deep rough and fast greens.  And I could invite along one of my clients who I know is a huge golf enthusiast – what could be better!

Before I even arrived at the course on Monday (June 8th), I was feeling really good and excited about playing with a Pro, Rob Oppenheim and an amazing athlete, Jensen Lewis, formerly of the Cleveland Indians.  But aside from the golf, I was also looking forward to spending time chilling out and having fun with my team and clients.  I wasn’t disappointed.  What struck me first when I arrived at the course was the palpable buzz about the place yet the casual vibe.  Everyone, including all the Web.Com tour pros were so approachable and friendly. You could really just have walked up to anyone and started a conversation.  It was amazing to get to hang out with Terry Francona and some of our clients, who are diehard Indians fans, were thrilled to get this opportunity.

When it came to hitting the links, this relaxed and fun atmosphere didn’t falter.  As we played the 18 holes we got to really enjoy each other’s company and get to know each other.  Oppenheim’s quick-witted caddy was very entertaining with his quips and tips.  My golf form on the day was inconsistent – a complaint of many of a golfer, I guess.  One moment I’d be swinging perfectly and I’d watch the ball take off beautifully and the next I’d be slapping at the ball and having one disaster after another.  But I did find my groove again at the back 9, chipping in for a birdie, making 3 par putts and 4 greens on regulation.  You can see one of my better moments of the day in the little video clip below where I’m teeing off at the 10th hole.

Thankfully, I finished off well as this is what I’ll remember.   In fact, I think I’ll remember this day for a long time to come.  It was authentic, down to earth, uplifting and just plain fun. It meant a lot to me to see Skylight getting behind a community sports-oriented event which really was about entertainment and a great way to mix with people and bond.  Jensen Lewis and I were already talking about being there next year.

As we headed to the club house, for the post-round analysis and inevitable moans and groans, Jensen said to me "We may not have won at the first 18 holes, but I'll probably win at the 19th".

Check out some great pics of the today below or Skylight's Facebook page for more photos.

*Bernie Garrah is a financial planner at Skylight and he’s based in main office in Cleveland.

Bernard T. Garrah, Jr. is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC Member SIPC. 2012 W. 25th Street, Suite 900, Cleveland OH 44113. 216-621-5680. CRN201511-193681

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