Thursday, October 10, 2013

Info on the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic

Not too early to start talking about the Georgia-Florida trip...

October 8, 2013
Former stars highlight 34th annual Georgia-Florida Golf Classic

JEKYLL ISLAND, GA – The 34th annual Georgia-Florida Golf Classic will feature 18 former ‘Dawgs and Gators serving as the event’s official celebrities. The Classic will be held on Jekyll Island’s three 18-hole golf courses, October 30-November 1.

Nine alums from each school will play in the tournament and lead his alma mater to bragging rights.  Celebrity players include Georgia’s Rodney Hampton, Keith Henderson, Brandon Tolbert, Willie McClendon, Daryll “DJ” Jones, Matt Storm, Jimmy Orr, Russ Tanner, Marcus Stroud and Terin Smith. 

Representing Florida is Terry LeCount, Tate Casey, Travis Taylor, , Johnny Rutledge, Reggie McGrew, Terence Barber, Willie Jackson, Lito Sheppard, Jevon Kearse and Alex Willis.  Celebrity appearances are subject to change.

“Who knew the Georgia-Florida Golf Classic would become such a tradition when we started it 34 years ago,” stated Johnny Paulk, PGA Professional and event founder and director. “It’s a great way to celebrate the traditions and school spirit which make the game so special.”

Among the 18 celebrity players, 10 played in the NFL and four, Hampton, Henderson, Orr and Taylor, played on Super Bowl championship teams.

“Preparations have been underway for some time as we welcome big crowds to Jekyll Island during Georgia-Florida week,” declared Jones Hooks, Executive Director with the Jekyll Island Authority and UGA alum. “Old friends and new come together to enjoy this awesome event, the beautiful weather and the tradition of this great rivalry.”

Golfers can register to play with a celebrity and help earn bragging rights for their team. Following Friday’s final round, The Georgia-Florida Golf Classic FanFest, presented by, will take place at the Jekyll Island Golf Club.  The public is encouraged to attend and meet the celebrity players.

The Classic is a Golden Isles’ tradition during Georgia-Florida week.  It features two rounds of golf, and Wednesday and Thursday night events.  Registration is $275 per person, but teams of three can play with a Georgia or Florida celebrity for $300 per person.  Net proceeds from the event benefit the Jekyll Island Foundation and supports the conservation, preservation and education efforts on Jekyll Island.

For more information and to register, please visit

About Jekyll Island: Jekyll Island is a barrier island on Georgia’s coast, located midway between Jacksonville and Savannah.  Accessible just minutes from Interstate 95, Jekyll Island offers guests a variety of amenities, including 8 miles of beach, four golf courses, a 250-acre Historic Landmark District, water park, 20 miles of bike paths and an array of lodging options.

Owned by the state of Georgia and managed by the Jekyll Island Authority, Jekyll Island’s development is limited to not more than 35 percent of its available land area, creating a pristine, natural environment stocked with colorful wildlife and endless exploration opportunities.  This unique aspect of Jekyll Island serves to preserve the critical barrier island ecosystem, as well as provides guests with a unique escape from the crowds and complications of other beach resort destinations.  For more information, visit or call 1-877-4JEKYLL.

About the Jekyll Island Foundation: The Jekyll Island Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes to support the work of the Jekyll Island Authority.  Stewardship includes preservation, conservation, and the interpretation of historic and natural sites. The Foundation also offers participatory opportunities in planned giving, private donation, corporate support and philanthropic foundation support. For more information, visit or call (912) 635-4402.