This weekend, at long last, will mark the 50th anniversary of the country’s longest running two-day charity golf event: The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Golf Classic at North Hills Country Club in Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin.
The Foundation’s premier event, the VLGC has taken the last two years off because of the COVID pandemic, and is now prepped for one of its biggest years in recent history.
Originally hosted at North Hills in 1971, the Lombardi supports a fantastic cause having raised over $1 million in the past ten years (and over $14 million overall by the Foundation) to support the fight against cancer, including the funding of research projects, training and staffing with the goals of prevention, providing great care to those fighting it and supporting research aimed at finding a cure.
The membership and staff at North Hills have always been proud to help support the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic, [Bart] Starr Children’s Fund and all the amazing efforts by the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation over the past five decades, and you, too, are invited to help by participating in this weekend’s event in any of several ways.
The public is welcomed to attend the event by purchasing spectator tickets day-of ($15/person), partaking in the event’s online auction (eg: To play a round of golf with folks like Bob Uecker, Paul Molitor and even 2-time US Open Champion Andy North!), attending Friday night’s Gala ($150/person) or of course playing in the golf event (according to the website, there is an opening or two remaining at $1,625/person or $6,500/foursome).
Each foursome in the Lombardi Golf Classic plays an 18-hole practice round at North Hills on Friday, June 3, attends the Golf Gala at the Pfister Hotel in downtown Milwaukee that night and then plays in the actual Celebrity Golf Classic Tournament on Saturday. Each team will be paired up with a celebrity, including:
|Jared Abbrederis||Mason Crosby||Geoff Jenkins||Andy North|
|Willie Buchanon||Tyler Davis||Greg Koch||Pat O’Donnell|
|Frank Winters||Jeff Cirillo||Lynn Dickey||James Lofton|
|Ken Sanders||Steve Wirtel||Randall Cobb||Gary Ellerson|
|John Lombardi||Jason Spitz||Ickey Woods||Paul Coffman|
|Jack Heflin||Ryan Longwell||Jan Stenerud||Daryn Colledge|
|Dan Jansen||Paul Molitor||Robert Tonyan||Tom Crabtree|
|Karen Palacios-Jansen||Tony Moll||Greg Vaughn||Bob Uecker|
The tournament is followed by an awards ceremony and reception for golf participants and their spouses, which is a wonderful time on the club’s back patio.
Interested in attending this Saturday’s event? Here’s what you’ll need to know…
Spectators can purchase tickets onsite for $15 apiece, which is of course a donation to the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, to attend Saturday’s event.
Plan on bringing a fold-out chair if you’re looking to spend the day as it can be a lot of walking and standing around, otherwise.
Most of the celebrities are really engaging and friendly. Ex-players like LeRoy Butler, Randall Cobb, Bob Uecker and Mason Crosby have all been so nice to us and our kids over the years. They just ask that spectators be respectful when asking for autographs by following the event’s autograph policy, which states:
- Celebrities will sign autographs at their discretion
- Celebrities will sign the event’s celebrity autograph book only
- Autographing is permitted while the golf group is waiting on the tee only
The parking lot at North Hills will be reserved for golf participants and staff only, so all spectators on Saturday will be required to walk or take the complimentary shuttle to the club. The shuttle will run to/from Menomonee Falls High School off Appleton Avenue between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm.
To learn more about the Golf Classic and other ways the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation is leading the fight against cancer, visit their website:
With expected temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, it’s looking to be a really nice weekend to enjoy playing or spectating on the golf course. If you’re looking for something to do with your family on Saturday, pay a visit to the Vince Lombardi Golf Classic at North Hills. It’s a wonderful experience that truly provides memories that will last a lifetime.