Ryan Moore Skins Game
Ryan Moore is not only one of Oakley’s most gifted golfers on the PGA Tour; he also is one of the most giving. When Ryan reached out to Oakley through his foundation to sponsor his inaugural Skins Game week in his home state of Washington, Oakley Golf Sports Marketing Manager, Al Janc, jumped at the chance.
After many hours of planning and organizing by Oakley and the Ryan Moore Foundation, the event kicked off at Classic Country Club in Spanaway, Washington (right outside Tacoma). Classic CC is a place close to the Moore family with Ryan owning it and his father Mike running the course. One of the most challenging courses in the state with some of the narrowest fairways known to man pillared by spruce, fir and hemlock trees towering several hundred feet in the air, the course proved to be the setting for one of Oakley’s finest Pro/Am events.
The day kicked off with Oakley branding throughout the course like never before. Oakley “Os” were spray painted at every tee box and several other course locations, posters of Ryan Moore and Oakley’s Action Sports Campaigns lined the driving range and tee boxes, several new badass 12 foot high vertical banners made their debut, and to top it all off, three Oakley tents and a brand new portable Oakley store were open to the tournament-goers. Big thanks go out to Toby Winters, Matt and Jenna Crane, Jeremy and Jason Moore, and Al Janc for getting the store up and running.
Following several days of solid rain, the skies opened on Monday for the Oakley Pro/Am and Ping Golf Clinic. As most know, the Northwest is not known for having sunny days without rain in the fall timeframe, but thankfully, the event saw blue skies by mid-day. Over 144 local grassroots pros were on hand to compete in the Pro/Am, producing one of the most competitive Oakley Golf events to date. All tournament-goers were stoked on everything from the condition of the course, to the weather, to the Oakley product and last but not least, the insane BBQ.
“We were thrilled to death to have the Oakley event turnout the way it did, we caught a break with the weather,” said Jeremy Moore, President of the Ryan Moore Foundation. “It was a first class event, and we heard nothing but positive things from the pros about Oakley’s presence and hospitality.”
Day one wrapped up with the Ping Golf Clinic open to the public and over 300 people showing up to see: two time Tour winner in 2007, Aaron Baddeley; long drive champ, Bubba Watson; top upcoming pro, Michael Putnam; and local boy, Ryan Moore. Baddeley started the clinic off with a great demonstration of how to hit a proper wedge shot, showcasing his incredible accuracy to the crowd’s delight. Putnam followed that up with how to hit a proper draw with long irons. Moore then took on the task of hitting fairway woods, promptly driving the ball off the grass over 280 yards. However, the real highlight was watching Bubba send golf balls deep into the woods and nailing a small house some 350 plus yards with his driver. The clinic finished with Ping giving away full golf sets and Oakley products to the crowd and an autograph signing with all four pros.
Tuesday morning started out early with the BMW Northwest Charity Skins Game taking place at the brand new Chambers Bay Golf Course. The scenery from this new Links design is completely breathtaking, as it offers views of all of what the Northwest is best known for in one golf course. The Skins event was a huge a success with over 1,500 people showing up to walk the course with the four PGA Tour players. Each player took home skins and gave away their winnings to each of their respective charitable foundations.
“We are so very pleased how everything turned out… with great local press coverage and a chance to have great PGA tour level golf in the Northwest," stated Oakley Golf Pro, Ryan Moore. “And we are hoping this is really just the beginning of something much bigger going into the future, so we can continue to support the foundation in a fun way while still helping develop the future of golf in the Northwest.”
In the end, everyone had an amazing time and the two-day event was a nothing short of a spectacular way to showcase golf in the great Northwest. A huge thank you goes out to the entire Moore Family, BMW, Ping, Classic Country Club, Chambers Bay Country Club and the Oakley crew that helped make this event possible.
BMW Northwest Charity Skins Game Results:
- Aaron Baddeley – 7 Skins – $14,775 – Chambers Creek Foundation
- Ryan Moore – 5 Skins – $14,250 – Operation Holiday Hope
- Bubba Watson – 5 Skins – $11,750 – Emergency Food Network
- Michael Putnam – 1 Skins – $4,250 – Need a Break Services
- Evens Scholar – $5,000