Eric Church’s band members are putting golf clubs in their hands for a good cause. The band will host the inaugural ‘Put A Club In My Hand’ charity golf tournament at Gaylord Springs Golf Links in Nashville on September 25 to benefit the GRAMMY’s MusiCares program.
Eric’s bass player, Lee Hendricks, came up with the event alongside his band mates Jeff Cease, Jeff Hyde, Driver Williams and Craig Wright as well as Michael Todd Stembridge, Eric’s set carpenter. They are hosting the event to give back to MusiCares, which provides a safety net for music professionals in times of need.
“I lost a lot of equipment in the Nashville flood, but MusicCares came in immediately and helped me recover from those financial losses,” Lee said. “We, as a band, would love to see Music City step up and repay them for helping to alleviate so much hardship within our community in such a dire time of need, and also acknowledge what they do on a daily basis to make sure all of us are taken care of. They’ve done so much for us…we want to give back.”
The 18-hole tournament will include a long-drive competition, a closest-to-the-pin contest and a putting contest. Thirty-six teams will compete for the championship in a four-man scramble format.
“I could not be more proud to have my guys step up and decide to do something on their own to give to an organization that helps so many musicians in need,” Eric Church said. “They realized how much they had been helped and wanted to ensure other people would have that opportunity in the future. I certainly will be supporting their efforts and want everyone else to join me.”
The cost of registration is $150 per person which includes tournament entry, a $50 credit in the TaylorMade/Adidas mobile pro shop and complimentary food and beverages. Prizes to be given away include a PRS guitar and a Hawaiian vacation package. For more information or to register, visit ecbgolf.preferredfan.com and enter the password ‘Swingsteen2012’ when prompted.