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Duke star, Fort Wayne native ready for Red Coat

Blumenherst to follow Mad Anthonys event with pro golf debut.

Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 10:39 am

The Mad Anthonys will continue Fort Wayne's major golfing tradition with their 52nd annual Charity Classic for Children on Monday.

After former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blumenherst is awarded a Red Coat at the Mad Anthonys' annual Grand Wayne Center banquet the night before, play in the golf tournament will tee off at 7:30 a.m. Monday at Sycamore Hills Golf Club.

Celebrities such as Komets coach Al Sims and players P.C. Drouin and Colin Chaulk, IPFW men's basketball coach Dane Fife and actor Danny Chambers will tee off with Mad Anthonys members. LPGA tour professional Jenny Gleason and Nationwide Tour players Kris Cox, Jonas Blixt, Ben Bates, Josh Broadaway, Doug Labelle, Steve Han, Josh Teater, Brendan Steele and Major Manning will also participate.

One of the local participants will be former Fort Wayne Country Club assistant pro Aaron Harrell, who now competes on the Hooters Tour.

Blumenherst, a three-time National Player of the Year, recently completed her senior season at Duke, where she was a four-time all-American. She won the U.S. Women's Amateur golf championship last year, and recently turned pro, joining the Duramed Futures Tour. She will make her pro debut this Thursday at the Michelob Ultra Duramed Futures Players Championship in Decatur, Ill., and her LPGA debut June 25-28 at the Wegmans LPGA in Pittsford, N.Y.

Blumenherst moved from Fort Wayne to Scottsdale, Ariz., when she was 14. She'll be the 81st Red Coat recipient in the organization's history.

Tickets for the event cost $20 for a grounds and clubhouse pass, $10 for a grounds pass, $5 for children ages 6-10 and veterans and children under age 6 are free. Free parking and a shuttle service will run from 6:45 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m. from the Chapel at Covington Road and West Hamilton Road.

Last year the event raised $75,000 in the second year of a 10-year commitment to support Children's Hope House, 7922 W. Jefferson Blvd, in the Lutheran Medical Park Campus. Children's Hope House, which opened in December 2003, is the area's only free-standing facility providing minimal-cost housing for families who need a place to stay while their children are hospitalized. Last year's donation was nearly double the previous year's amount.

The Mad Anthonys is a charitable organization founded in 1957 comprising business leaders and professionals from northeast Indiana. Since then the event has raised millions of dollars for charity.