C.W. Perry Golf Tournament Reflections
by David Hopper, Pastor at Valley Friends Church
As the golf tournament comes to an end this year, I reflect on the many memories made. The first year I was exposed to this tournament I was just a golfer thinking about my golf game. My main goal for this tournament was to keep from looking stupid in front of my boss. As I sought out to be the next Rory for our team, I had little thought to the effects of one day of fun. As time went on and I played over more years, I realized the dramatic effect this tournament was having on real lives and their connection to new churches. Each year through something as simple as golfing, there was the potential to raise tens of thousands of dollars to help with the many needs of a new church. It seemed pretty awesome to be a part of this event but I never truly grasped the reality of how much this tournament meant to a new church.
This became even more realized when Valley Friends Church was the benefactor of this golf tournament fundraiser. Suddenly I witnessed the reality of what a simple day of golf could mean to a new church. When we received a golf tournament check from the New Church Development Board we were able to purchase and use advertising for our new church launch date. 18,000 homes received a mailer, which turned into 180 people walking through our doors because of that flyer. As people walked in because of a flyer, we were able to connect them to Jesus in a new way. We could now tell you the exact names that were reached with the life-saving gospel of Jesus Christ because of a flyer that was made possible through golfing.
Finally, we were so excited to be one of the churches this year to give money towards a tee sponsorship. I jumped at the chance to be a part of this mission and carry on a legacy that has meant so much to us. I can’t wait to hear how this year’s funds will turn into lives changed for Christ. When we give money to the C.W. Perry golf tournament, there is no doubt it will make a life-changing difference. It saddens me to think this is the last of this tournament, but it will forever be remembered in the heart of our church as one of the key factors in our beginning, and transformation in real lives for the kingdom of God.