Over the past 40 years, Randy Jones has supported & played in hundreds of charity golf events here in San Diego. In 2012, Curtis Gandy created a unique concept for a fourball scramble format, only winning teams from local charity tournaments would be invited to play, the tournament would promote charity golf in San Diego & reward the winning team with a trip to Pebble Beach with $10,000 to their charity, there would be scorekeepers to keep things honest, free entry, free food & free drinks. It would be at Randy's restaurant where Curtis pitched the concept to Randy on a napkin & it took Randy no more than 10 minutes to say he was all in. Matt Schwarts was the 3rd piece to added with his brilliance as our Harvard Law School Graduate & Partner at DLA Piper, it was then when the Randy Jones Invitational was born. Randy had 3 goals in mind when deciding to put his name on this tournament.
Goal 1: Involve as many local charities as possible, helping them raise awareness and dollars for their own charities.
Over the past 10 years there have been over 1,300 charities that have entered teams in Randy's Tournament. $135,000 dollars has been donated to the winners’ charities over the past 10 years. RJI has helped them all raise thousands more with the 1.2 Million Dollars in FREE golf donated to 14,440 golfers, representing 1,300 charities.
Goal 2: Find the top amateur foursome from all the San Diego charity golf tournaments played in San Diego, to achieve this, we knew there would be a need for scorekeepers & big prizes. (Golfers love this)!
The best of the best amateur teams has enjoyed this format for the past 10yrs. 10 Winners received $10,000 for the Charity and all 4 team members were flown in a private Jet to Pebble Beach to stay & Play Pebble)!
Goal 3: Create the best exposure opportunity ever offered to golf tournament sponsors in San Diego. We knew by having 1,440 golfers, representing over 200 Charities, over 10 days and keeping the price the same as a one-day tournament, we could achieve our 3rd Goal.
We did just that with the 1,440 golfers and the 10 days of tournaments each year, delivering to them the most amazing marketing and exposure ever offered by a golf tournament here in San Diego. (Sponsors have loved this format). (Sycuan, EDCO, Corky, Kaiser, Padres, Wells Fargo, Northrup Grumman, KIA, El Cajon Ford, Attention Getters are just a few of the sponsors).
Top 10 reasons the Randy Jones Invitational (RJI) has been so well received.