November 4, 2007
Take a day off from your regular routine and come watch No 32 on the PGA Tour Money List. Rub elbows with a guy who's won $2,000,000 this year, $16,000,000 in his career, a guy who almost wore a green jacket. Walk down the fairways with two friends of the Gulf Coast who are building houses with their generosity, a world-ranked golf professional and a beloved PGA Tour official who want to see the Gulf Coast fully recover from Hurricane Katrina.
Jerry Kelly will bring his buddies back to the Coast tomorrow for the Second Annual Bradley-Kelly Pro-Am benefitting Habitat for Humanity and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Kelly wanted to help, and Mickey Bradley was glad to accommodate his wishes.
"He asked me what he could do to help the Mississippi Gulf Coast," said Bradley, and the rest is history. A few days and many charitable people later, the tournament that builds houses teed off in celebrated style at Shell Landing Golf Club in Gautier.
Long-hitting Bubba Watson can't attend this year, but his rival and crowd favorite John Daly will drive down from Memphis to do what he does best, give his time and money to a worthwhile cause. He'll hammer out 300-yard plus drives while Mickey and Jerry nail down three more houses for deserving Coast residents. He's bringing Memphis barbecue, Heath Slocum, President's Cup player Woody Austin and many others with him.
The party starts Sunday night at Mary Mahoney's where Bobby and friends will host a private Player Party for those who donated money to play in Monday's event.
When asked why he helps with the Monday morning gala, the certified golf junkie replied, "It's not often you get to hob-nob with players of this caliber." On a more serious note, Birdie Bob revealed his true intentions, "It means three or four more houses. Gettin' people back in houses. That's what it really means. Mickey Bradley has lived here all his life, and he's done a lot for the Coast. I'll support him anytime I can."
That sentiment thrives in every golf professional who shows up for the seriously fun event.
"We love Mickey Bradley, and we'll do anything to help him," said Bob Tway at last year's inaugural event. Other players have donated items for the silent auction that kicks off Sunday night and continues until the trophies are awarded on Monday.
Bradley's long-time buddy Doug Anglado and The Beau Rivage provide lodging for the players tonight, and they're glad to do it.
"Mickey loves the Coast," said Anglado. "And the Coast loves Mickey. We're glad to help. The pros love coming to the Beau, and we're glad to help Mickey and Jerry with their event."
The tournament tees off at 9:30 a.m. at Davis Love III's Shell Landing, and Kenny Hughes and crew have manicured the welcome mat for 20 pros who have donated their time and travel to build recovery.
"We're so happy to host again," said Hughes, "and we're just glad to help Mickey and the people who were affected by Katrina. "Hughes hopes golfers along the Coast come out to see the "real deal."
The public is welcome. This is a chance to hob-nob with guys who make golf look easy, pros who make golf swings look like Fred Astaire in slow motion.
These guys are good, and they're good to the Coast. See ya Monday!