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Tiger Woods with MMJGA CaddiesTiger Woods takes time
out for kids.

Sunday, July 25, 1999 was arguably the most exciting day of the year, as Tiger Woods came to Minneapolis. Early in the morning, the #1 rated golfer in the world conducted a clinic in which six youngsters from our program participated. Only fifteen additional youngsters from other youth groups and five parents were fortunate enough to attend the morning's exhibition.

That afternoon, Tiger put on a show for a crowd of over 5,000 youngsters and their families at Hiawatha Golf Course in South Minneapolis. The MMJGA was able to invite thirty lucky youngsters to participate in this event. During the exhibition, he proved that the commercial is real; he really can bounce a ball on a clubface like that. In fact, he can do it while talking to an audience.

Tiger gave golf pointers during his two-hour show, teaching us how to hit the ball better and more consistently. Both he and his father, Earl Woods, spoke of commitment and family values.

His appearance was a great thrill, despite temperatures that reached the mid-90s and a heat index of well over 100. And he showed up in black pants!

And if a Tiger Woods clinic wasn't great enough, the Celebrity Auction, which followed that night at Planet Hollywood, was truly star-studded. The MMJGA purchased a table at the fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Two of the participants from our Caddie Program, James and Nick, were invited as our guests and got to meet and talk with the man himself. Besides Tiger, James and Nick were able to meet Minnesota Governor Jesse Ventura, Vikings Coach Dennis Green, the Minnesota Twin's Kent Hrbek, and producer/musician Jimmy Jam at the celebrity-filled event.

David Pomije, founder of Second Swing Golf, escorted his family to the gala. They joined Caddie Master Jack Stahlmann, Jay Berine and the two youngsters at the MMJGA table. The evening flew by quickly, and suddenly, it was time for the auction to begin. Bidding was furious.

The event's highlights occurred when David purchased a Tiger Woods putter for $14,000 and an autographed 1997 Masters flag for $22,500 to help the Tiger Woods Foundation. That night, the Foundation raised over $88,000, making it the largest auction held by them in any city.