Held at the prestigious Grand Del Mar Golf Club, the Golf Classic goes a long way toward JA’s annual goals. It has become one of the major fundraising events held each year, in addition to the San Diego Business Hall of Fame Gala. The growing legacy of the Golf Classic contributed to a dramatic 30% year-over-year increase in the number of students served in the 2016-2017 school year.
Mike Schleyhahn, CEO of San Diego Fluid System Technologies, serves on the organization’s board and has led as Golf Chair and Presenting Sponsor since the tournament’s inception. He remembers being introduced to Junior Achievement of San Diego during a tour of JA BizTown.
“I told myself, ‘I need to be involved in this.’ JA BizTown itself and the children we met that day really struck me. The kids were so proud and impressive as they talked to us about what they learned—I could feel the impact that this program had made on their lives.”
Schleyhahn attributes the difference that JA makes to the confidence instilled in the students they serve, and the lifetime impact that confidence creates.
The first place golf tournament winners were from Balfour Beatty: Mark Schull, Bryan Rasmussen, Ryan Giddings, and Charlie Brown.
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