Burning Tee Golf League

Burning Tee Golf League

Burning Tee Golf League

Mount Nittany Health Foundationc is proud to call this special group of golfers friends and supporters.

Almost every Tuesday morning from April until October (rain or shine) you will find some, if not all, of the 132 members of the Burning Tee Golf League on the Penn State Golf Courses. These “old duffers,” as they call themselves, play 9 and 18 hole divisions. Skill levels vary, but their dedication to the game does not.

Mount Nittany Health Foundation is proud to call this special group of golfers friends. Our relationship began in 2007 when Burning Tee Golf League member, Don Hastings, joined Mount Nittany Health's Golf Classic Committee. He brought with him a love of golf, a head full of good ideas, and a knack for organization.

At the Burning Tee’s annual meeting each year, Don invites League members to participate in what he calls the “Birdie Bucks Challenge.” He asks each player to join him in donating $1 for every score of one-stroke-under-par, or “birdie,” that a golfer makes during the season. Who would have guessed how a dollar-a-birdie would add up, but add up they did! In 2008, the first year of the challenge, the Burning Tee Golf League raised an astounding $3,100 in “birdie bucks” in support of The Lance and Ellen Shaner Cancer Pavilion at Mount Nittany Medical Center. In 2018, the “birdie bucks” challenge brought in an astonishing $8,100 for Mount Nittany Health's Golf Classic. Over the life of Burning Tee’s Birdie Bucks challenge, the league has raised $62,500 in support of Mount Nittany Health Foundation and the Golf Classic, demonstrating the power of participation.

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