How The Florida Cup Got Started

Alexander Kaufman (Sarasota) decided he wanted to start a charity golf tournament to help children in need. He approached his father with this idea and, after several months of persistence, his father agreed to help organize the event. The main concern was not raising the charity monies, nor the tournament logistics, but how to deal legally and professionally with charity donations. Would a 501c3 organization have to be formed? After some research, we discovered that the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) offered a way for junior golfers to contribute to charity through their Leadership Links Charity Program. Further, Alexander’s idea of starting a charity golf tournament was not a new one, as Patrick Cover and Thomas Walsh had done it ten years earlier in North Carolina.

The AJGA, seeing the potential benefits, had started expanding its State Cup Series in 2018 and the Florida Cup was available! We immediately set up a call with the Graden Lomax Family (Tampa), Philip Dunham Family (Jacksonville), Jessy Huebner Family (Port St. Lucie), Aaron DeWitt Family (Winter Haven), Miles Russell Family (Jacksonville) , Shawn Coultoff Family (Winter Garden), and the Gavin Fleming Family (Jacksonville) to share the idea of co-founding the 2019 Florida Cup. With overwhelming support from all the families for the idea, the Florida Cup was born! We would like to thank Patrick Cover and Thomas Walsh for making their “Dormie” Carolina Cup vision happen ten years ago and AJGA for sponsoring the State Cup Series as it provides such a tremendous charity experience for junior golfers. We are so excited to work with Bobby Puchner and all the good people at AJGA to bring the next generation of Florida golfers into the State Cup Series!