On April 2 Jaguars quarterback Mark Brunell, tight end Pete Mitchell, and former center Dave Widell teamed up with three SENIOR PGA TOUR golfers for the Legends Challenge, a charity skins match at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine.
The 4th annual event paired Jaguars players with touring pros Jim Colbert, Andy North, and World Golf Hall of Fame member Gary Player. A $9,000 charity purse was at stake as Brunell competed for the Mark Brunell Foundation (committed to enriching the lives of children who face chronic or life-threatening illness), Mitchell for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Widell for The First Tee program, which strives to make golf more accessible and affordable, particularly for children who have traditionally not had exposure to the game.
The best ball format was scheduled for seven-holes, but play was shortened to four due to inclement weather. Each of the three charities received $3,000.
"This was exciting," said Brunell. "To come out here and play with Jim, Andy, and Gary, it was a fun day. There are some great charities represented here and this is really a good deal. Hopefully, we can do it again next year."
Mitchell, whose father has battled multiple sclerosis since he was a child, got the chance to play with North, who he watched win the 1985 U.S. Open in Michigan when Mitchell was a 14-year-old freshman in high school. "My dad, who is here today, has MS. This is a way for me to help find a cure."