Els, Funk head field for Kresge's Krew Pro-Am

Pat Kenney • Sep 19, 2009 at 12:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Monday’s inaugural Kresge’s Krew Foundation Charity Pro-Am at Ridgefields Country Club will afford area golf fans an opportunity to see a host of highly regarded players from the PGA, Champions and Nationwide tours in action as well as help out a worthy cause.

The event was created to help raise awareness of autism and benefit those affected by it.

“There will be quite a few organizations that work with autism who will be on hand,’’ said tournament director David Gardner. “Anyone who has a family member affected by autism will be admitted free of charge so they can not only watch the tournament but can also learn more about what help is available in this area.’’

PGA Tour and Ridgefields member Cliff Kresge, whose son is on the autism spectrum, wanted to educate the public as well as start a foundation that would bring in funds.

Headlining Monday’s event will be PGA Tour golfer Ernie Els and Champions Tour competitor Fred Funk.

Other touring pros scheduled to participate include Von Taylor, Mark Wilson, Danny Briggs, Deane Pappas, Mark McNulty, D.A. Points, Steve Marino, Chris Stroud, Shaun Micheel, Jeff Overton, David Frost, Johnson Wagner, Brendan Todd Will McKenzie, Matt Bettencourt, Mike Hulbert, Dennis Watson and Jason Gore.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start.

Tickets will be available for $20 on Monday morning at Domtar Park, where spectators will be shuttled to Ridgefields Country Club.

To learn more about autism, go online at autism-society.org or autismspeaks.org.

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