It may be winter, but the Maine golfing scene continues to be in the news. One of the major reasons for it is the fact that more and more celebrities continue to sign up for what should be an incredible golf weekend in June of 2024.

Following an incredible first year, celebs from the entertainment, music, and sports worlds will once again hit the links in Falmouth, Maine, for what will be another amazing and emotional benefit tournament.

After two successful years of hosting the PGA Korn Ferry Tour, Shamrock Sports & Entertainment seamlessly shifted to a celebrity golf tournament for 2023. The event was once again hosted by the Falmouth Country Club, just a short drive from Portland.

The celebrity field that played in the 1st annual tournament was highly impressive. Patrick Dempsey, Roger Clemens, Michael Pena, Kathryn Tappen, Mike Eruzione, and Marshall Faulk were just some of the big names that teed off for golf supremacy and to benefit the Barbara Bush Children's Hospital.

The total prize purse for the celebrities was $250,00, with the winner bringing home $50,000. That's not a bad chunk of change for a weekend of work. Plus, is golf really work?

It would be PBA pro bowler Ronnie Russell who took home the honor of winning the tournament. The six-time PBA winner can now claim a golf championship as well.

But we all know what the tournament was truly about, and that's giving back. Kudos to all the players, sponsors, and folks behind the scenes for putting together such a beautiful event for the Barabra Bush Children's Hospital.

The initial goal for Shamrock was to raise $100,000 for the hospital. That is quite a hefty goal for any fundraising event, especially when it's the 1st annual one.

However, never underestimate the generosity of Mainers. The tournament ended getting to that goal, and then some. According to Shamrock, Drive FORE Kids raised a total of $110,000. That is a stunning total that everyone should be extremely proud of.

It was an epic first year for everyone involved in Drive FORE Kids. Over 11,000 fans were in attendance over the weekend. And remember, this is just the start.

Are we ready for round two?

Well, Shamrock and plenty of celebrities are, because the dates have officially been announced for the 2024 tournament.

The 2nd Annual Drive Fore Kids is scheduled for June 20-23, 2024. It will be back at Falmouth Country Club, and many celebrities have already announced they plan to return.

They will be joined by some stars making their debut in 2024. This includes actor/ golfing ace, Alfonso Ribeiro and broadcaster/golfing ace Hally Leadbetter. Honestly, both of these additions could be our winner next year.

The two joins this amazing lineup so far.

Robbie Amell - TV & Film Actor
Rhonde Barbrer - NFL Hall-of-Famer
Vince Carter - Future NBA Hall-of-Famer
Roger Clemens - 7-time CY Young Winner
Vinny Del Negro - Former NBA Player & Coach
Patrick Dempsey - Actor, Race Car Driver, Mainer
Mike Eurzione - American Hero
Mardy Fish - Former Tennis Champ & Incredible Golfer
Doug Flutie - Former BC, NFL & CFL Star
Robbie Gould - NFL Punter
Michael Goulian - Professional Airplane Racer 
Noelle Lambert - US Paralympian 
Derek Lowe - Former Red Sox Great
Kevin Millar - Former Sea Dog and Red Sox Great
Mike Modano - NHL Hall-of-Famer
Blair O'Neal - Golf Channel Presenter & Former Pro
TJ Oshie - NHL Star
Michael Pena - Hollywood Actor
Chad Pfiefer - Veteran & Amputee Golf Champion
Tuukka Rask - Former Bruin Great
Jeremy Roenick - NHL Hall-of-Famer
Tony Romo - NFL Pro Bowler & CBS Analyst
Ronnie Russell - Pro Bowler & Defending Tournament Champ
Sterling Sharpe - Former NFL Great
Harrison Smith - NFL Pro Bowl Safety
John Smoltz - MLB Hall-of-Famer
Jack Sock - Professional Tennis Player
Jeremy Swayman - Current Bruins Goalie
Kathryn Tappen - NBC Sports Presenter
Taylor Twellman - Former Pro Soccer Star & Current Analyst
Brian Urlacher - Former All-Pro NFL Linebacker
Jack Wagner - Actor & Champion Celebrity Golf

Sadly, one player from last year's event will not be a part of 2024. Red Sox legend Tim Wakefield tragically passed away earlier this year due to complications from cancer. Tim's legacy went well beyond the baseball diamond, especially when it came to charity. He was universally loved and will be greatly missed.

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Tickets for next year's event are on sale. Not a bad little stocking stuffer if I do say so myself. You can visit the tournament's website for all the details.

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