Golf tournament helps get cars to people in need

Tacoma’s Auto Auction Buyers Club, the company that has been working to give cars away to people in need, is holding a charity golf tournament on Aug. 21 to keep the giveaways going. The event starts 11 a.m. at Meadow Park Golf Club, 7108 Lakewood Dr. W., Tacoma. 


Owner Chris Aldridge kicked off his giveaways last month when, on April 2, Joe and Ripley Ty were gifted with a 2000 Honda Accord. The vehicle not only received the expert care of Aldridge’s experienced mechanic giving the Honda AABC’s 125-point inspection, Aldridge took care of the cost for all the parts to get the car in top shape and he paid the car’s tax and license tabs too.


He wants to make his giveaway program a monthly event, and this first annual golf tournament is aimed to do just that. 


“I’m hoping we can raise between $5,000 and $10,000, which would give us the opportunity to give away two or three vehicles instead of just one this time,” he said. “As we continue to grow the giveaways and get more eyes on it, I want to grow it to a monthly thing for sure.”


There is room for 10 four-person teams in the tournament, and amateur golfers are very much welcome. It will be a best ball style shotgun tourney in which every team will start at a hole where all four players on the team will take their shot and decide which one is the best, then start off from that shot. Each team will start at a different hole so that everyone won’t be waiting at the first tee for all the groups to go through. Teams will be required to use at least one drive, one approach shot, and one putt from each member. 


The entry fee is $500 per team ($125 per player), with an early bird discount of $100 off if registered before June 1. This includes your tee time, a cart, a post-game meal with awards ceremony and prizes.


The tournament also includes opportunities for hole sponsorships. There are 14 hole sponsorships left available (18 originally but five have been already sold) where you can set up your own 10×10 canopy at the green of your choice of the 18 holes (first come first served) and give away promotional items and increase brand recognition. The cost is $300 and there’s an early bird discount here as well at $250 before June 1. The earlier you sign up, the earlier your brand can be included in the tournament marketing materials. Your brand and logo will also be featured prominently at the awards ceremony as well as in the tournament fliers, media, and posters.


Several prize categories will award $1,000 to the 1st-place team; $500 2nd-place; $250 3rd-place; $100 for the longest drive; and $100 for closest to the pin. 


The tournament offers a good time all around with a live stand-up comedy show during the awards ceremony, a spaghetti feed dinner, and a silent auction to help raise money for the cause.


“A lot of the time, people at the banquet start chanting, ‘Give it back! Give it back!’ because it’s a charity event and they usually end up re-donating the prize money,” Aldridge said. “Once we’re giving out those prizes, we’ll appreciate it if this happens.”


To sign up for the tournament, contact Chris Aldridge at [email protected], call (253) 245-4206, or stop by the Auto Auction Buyer’s Club lot at 6239 S. Adams St. To make your tournament payments online for participating or making donations, visit Also, visit the event Facebook page for all information, and remember that Aldridge always welcomes donated vehicles, too. 


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