Amateurs Join Pros to Play for a Cancer Cure at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago
Led by colorful Jimmy Connors, world-class tennis stars from the previous year will take place Sunday when Nuveen members participate in an unusual pro-am double tournament in Mar-a-Lago. Former Grand Slam stars such as Johan Kriek, Roscoe Tanner, Andres Gomez, Jose Luis Clerk and John Lloyd will join Connors in the one-day event. CaP Cure, the Association for the Cure of Prostate Cancer, is benefiting from the program hosted by Donald Trump, owner of the Mar-a-Lago Club.
The pros involved have very impressive records. Con-nors is the world’s number one for five years, beginning in 1974. He was a 5-time U, too. S. Open champion and a two-time title holder of Wimbledon. Tanner was ranked one of the top ten players in the world for 10 years, and Kriek ranked nine. The interest of the members of the local club was so large that the head of the home club, Anthony Boulle, had 400 tennis seats installed.
Mar-a-Lago has done everything to make the guests feel at home. The pros will be guests at a cocktail party tonight. The dinner and entertainment will be followed by Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme. “We’ve been sending cars to meet players who have been arriving at Miami Airport,” Boulle said. “One of them is Clerc, who came in from Argentina at 4 am, Wojtek Fibak and Manson Bahrami of Paris, Dick Stockton of Texas and Lloyd of Colorado.
From Wednesday onwards, many of them will start to play at the Delray Beach Tennis Center for the five-day Nuveen Tour Senior event. The Nuveen Tour consists of players at least 35 years of age. The Mar-a-Lago tournament format calls for the pros in a round robin to combine with local amateurs, in which opponents change after the duo have won five matches. The two teams with the best winning records are coming together in the final. The amateurs will be Trump, Russ Seger, Howard Gittus, Joel Pash-cow, Michael David Schulhofer, Bruce Heller, etc. Alfons Schmitt, Bob Adler and Don Soifer, Diane Hoffman.
The teams will be announced during the cocktail party on Saturday. The CaP Cure Group for Prostate Cancer was established in 1993. More than $50 million has been awarded to over 350 research projects worldwide. As a result, over 50 research projects are currently being conducted in clinical trials.