The third annual NEPA Invitational, hosted by PGA Tour player Brandon Matthews, unfolded at the picturesque Country Club of Scranton. This charity pro-am golf event attracted current and former PGA Tour pros, amateurs, and supporters, all united by a shared mission: to raise funds for the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, and Jack Nicklaus’ Play Yellow Campaign benefiting the Children’s Miracle Network. Signature partners for the event included Equitrans Midstream, Diaz Companies and Rutter’s.
The festivities began Friday evening for Dinner with the Pros, graced by the presence of pediatric patient ambassadors from the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital and Foundation.. It was a heartwarming occasion, setting the tone for a weekend filled with camaraderie and compassion.
One of the highlights of this exceptional evening was the Live Auction, where guests had the opportunity to bid on exclusive items, with all proceeds benefiting the hospital. The NEPA Invitational proudly announced a remarkable donation of $200,000 to the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital, raised through sponsors, tournament participants, live auction, and donations, a testament to the event’s unwavering commitment to making a positive impact in the communities of Northeast Pennsylvania
The NEPA Invitational proudly supported the “Play Yellow” program, a noble initiative of the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, founded by the legendary Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. This program aligns perfectly with the event’s core values of giving back and making a difference in the lives of children facing health challenges.
“Expanding this event and witnessing its transformative impact on the children of Janet Weis Children’s Hospital has been an incredible privilege. We’re profoundly grateful for the opportunity to make a difference” said event host and PGA TOUR player Brandon Matthews, “On behalf of the entire NEPA Invitational board, my wife and I, and the Country Club of Scranton, we extend our heartfelt thanks to everyone who has contributed to the growth and success of this event year after year. Looking ahead, we’re excited to further expand our contributions, nurture the growth of this event, and continue to showcase the remarkable spirit of North East Pennsylvania as a community. Together, we’ll make a lasting impact and ensure that this region remains a beacon of hope and support.”
The event attracted a stellar lineup of golfing talent, with current and former PGA Tour pros including Brandon Matthews, Ben Griffin, Tano Goya, Eric Barnes, Ted Tryba, Fran Quinn, Andrew Novak, Brad Adamonis, and Rick Lamb. Their participation not only showcased their exceptional skills but also their dedication to the cause.
While the relentless Tropical Storm Ophelia, brought torrential downpours and unrelenting winds to the region, the pros and supporting amateurs persevered for the two day tournament at Country Club of Scranton.. Their determination mirrored the spirit of the event itself – undeterred by adversity, resolute in their mission to support the Janet Weis Children’s Hospital.
Congratulations to Andrew Novak for winning the Lowro honors and Michael Miller and Michael Vassil for winning the Pro-Am Format..
This remarkable event marked the third annual NEPA Invitational, solidifying its place as a beloved tradition that unites the community in support of a noble cause. In total, the NEPA Invitational has donated $350,000 in three years in partnership with the Scranton Area Community Foundation.
The NEPA Invitational is a celebration of resilience, generosity, and the enduring spirit of the community. It reaffirms the power of coming together to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.
PGA Tour player and proud native of North East Pennsylvania, Brandon Matthews, continues to be deeply honored to host this event annually and give back to his community.