Registration for Golf Blowout Tourney Now Open
Ready to spend the day at the golf course for a good cause? Join us for the 21st Annual Wild Well Golf Blowout on Monday, September 18. Raising more than $1.7 million for Shriners Hospitals for Children, the event is the premiere fundraising golf tournament for Shriners.
Once again this year, the Clubs of Kingwood Golf Course will serve as gracious hosts for the tournament, opening up their award-winning links to event participants and sponsors for a day of friendly competition and community-oriented sharing.
The inspiration for the Golf Blowout began in 1985 with Wild Well's founder, Joe Bowden, Sr, and an unfortunate, work-related injury that he turned into an opportunity to give back to the community.
While recovering from his burns in a Shriners Hospital, Bowden took the time to meet with some of the children who had similar (and worse) injuries. Impressed by their resilience, Bowden returned to the hospital periodically with gifts for the children and stories to captivate their minds.
After several years of visiting the children and better understanding the research and work of Shriners Hospitals, Bowden decided to turn his passion for golf into a worthwhile cause, creating the first annual Wild Well Golf Blowout in 1997.
Although participation in the first year was small, Bowden's vision of a community-driven fundraising event bolstered by oil and gas industry contributors has become an astounding success. And it continues to grow each year.
The tournament would not be possible without the tireless effort of scores of volunteers as well as the participation of players. Every year, the best of humanity is on display as people and patients come together to create a celebration of life on the greens.
Wild Well caps off the tournament with a banquet and auction populated by items generously donated by industry philanthropists. Child ambassadors from Shriners Hospitals also donate handmade artwork and crafts to the auction. These particular items have become highly valued keepsakes over the years by the winning bidders fortunate enough to take home the troves of treasures.