In six short years, the Dormie Cup has raised nearly $240,000 as junior golfers engage each October in intense, Ryder Cup style play, with even more intense competition to raise the most money for the Nicklaus Children's Health Care Foundation and the AJGA's ACE Grant.
Named after its host facility, the Dormie Club, the event was initiated by juniors Patrick Cover and Thomas Walsh as a way to give back to the community. The Dormie Cup started when a dozen junior golfers gathered at the Dormie Club in October 2010. The group was divided into two teams of six for a match play tournament. The initial Dormie Cup donation totaled more than $10,000.
Since then, the founders have graduated and moved on to college, but the tournament has been passed on to other junior golfers to organize. In 2015, Michael Sanders of Davidson, North Carolina, and Jimbo Stanley of Raleigh, North Carolina, put everything together. Each participant was challenged to raise money individually to contribute to the overall donation. Twenty-four golfers raised almost $40,000.
Kase Diehl of Charlotte, North Carolina, Michael Sanders and AJ Beechler of Pinehurst, North Carolina, raised enough money through the event to earn special recognition and be invited to meet Jack and Barbara Nicklaus in November. To show their appreciation for the money raised, Jack and Barbara sent a video congratulating the players and thanking them for their contribution.
The AJGA Leadership Links program allows junior golfers to raise money for charity through their efforts on the course. It also teaches the juniors the value of volunteering.
“It is an honor for the AJGA to partner with Michael Sanders and 23 other young men from North Carolina to raise money for charity,” said AJGA Programs Director Beth Dockter. “These young men give of their time, talents and resources to make a difference. There hope is that this event could be replicated in each state to make a national impact.”