A Menlo Park local golfer had the rare opportunity to compete for a national title on some of the nation’s premiere golf courses over the weekend.
His foursome, comprised of Charlie Bertucio of Lafayette, Greg Trento of San Ramon, Bruce Smith of San Francisco and himself, Tito Rael of Menlo Park, teed off in the National Kidney Foundation Cadillac Golf Classic National Finals held at Pebble Beach. The team shot rounds of -11, -12, and -9 for a three day, -32 total to finish 5th in the 2014 National Finals held January 17-19.
The foursome qualified for the Pebble Beach finals by finishing in the top 3 at the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic held last year at Stanford University Golf Course. They faced off against 50 other amateur golf teams from across the country over the weekend. Teams played the fabled fairways and signature holes of the Monterey Peninsula: Pebble Beach Golf Links, Spyglass Hill Golf Course and The Links at Spanish Bay in the four-person, scramble format event.
Funds raised through the tournament help support National Kidney Foundation programs in early detection of chronic kidney disease, public education, research and patient advocacy. The NKF Cadillac Golf Classic is the Premier Amateur Golf Event for Charity and has raised over $85 million for the National Kidney Foundation since its inception. The event is bolstered by its Title Sponsor, Cadillac; National Corporate Partners include PING, Golf Digest/Golf World, and One Car One Difference; and National Promotional Partners Bridgestone Golf, The Greg Norman Collection and Tiffany & Co. The Pebble Beach national finals were also supported by HM Insurance Group and Anheuser-Busch. For more information about kidney disease and the NKF Cadillac Golf Classic Tournament series, visit www.nkfgolfclassic.org.
The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) is the leading organization in the U.S. dedicated to the awareness, prevention and treatment of kidney disease for hundreds of thousands of healthcare professionals, millions of patients and their families and tens of millions of Americans at risk. For more information on kidney health, visit www.kidney.org.