Ellie Mae Classic Finishes Strong

It’s in the books! The 2017 Ellie Mae Classic was a smash hit. Ellie Mae teamed up with the Warriors Community Foundation to put on one of the most exciting events of the summer. Top business leaders and local celebrities joined unprecedented numbers of golf fans for seven jam-packed days atop the Hayward hills at TPC Stonebrae for the Bay Area’s stop on the PGA Web.com Tour. A special congratulations to Martin Piller for finishing on top after four days of competitive play with a score of 64 in the final round (-18 overall). Let’s take a final look at the highlights of the week, which began days before the professionals took to the course chasing a championship.

On the first day of action, Monday, July 31st, the professional golfers took to the course along with a handful of guests. The Junior Pro-Am consisted of 18 junior teams each having four juniors and one pro. It was a great opportunity for some of the area’s most promising young golfers to play with PGA’s rising talent. Each team enjoyed not only a round of golf, but lunch and a free youth clinic at the TPC Stonebrae practice facility where young golfers were able to get some professional pointers to help tune their skills. Following the Junior Pro-Am, The Monday Pro-Am began later in the morning when each of the teams teed off in 10-minute intervals starting at 11:00 am. The first team consisted of Jonathan Corr (President & CEO, Ellie Mae), Web.com Tour Pro Nick Rousey, and Stephen Curry and Jonnie West of the Golden State Warriors. Congratulations to Christian Brand, Brian Brown, Ron Stroble, and Gary Duffy for taking home the Pro-Am’s winning title after five hours of fantastic play.

The Celebrity Shootout took place the following day on Tuesday, August 1st. Eight teams made up of Bay Area sports celebrities went head-to-head to win $15,000 for the charity of their choosing. Teams represented include the Golden State Warriors, Oakland Raiders, Oakland A’s, San Jose Earthquakes, San Francisco Deltas, The NFL Players Association, San Francisco Giants/KNBR, and Legends of Sports. Droves of fans came out to see Andre Iguodala, Klay Thompson and Jonnie West of the Golden State Warriors compete on the course. By the end of the day, the team from the Raiders organization took home the winning title in a very fun Shootout.

Day 3 of the Classic was dominated by the Official Pro-Am. Business leaders, Bay Area sports stars, and Web.com pros shared a round of golf on Wednesday. Our very own President & CEO, Jonathan Corr, took to the links with last year’s champion Stephan Jaeger as well as the tournament’s highly anticipated Steph Curry. Other Ellie Mae leaders including Joe Tyrrell, Cathleen Schreiner Gates, Matt LaVay and John Abel also took part in what was a wonderful round at TPC Stonebrae on Wednesday.

Thursday and Friday hosted the first two rounds of tournament play. After two days of competitive golf, the players moving on to the final two rounds were determined. Thursday also included the Executive Women’s Day. There to listen to the keynote and afternoon speakers Stephani Victor (Paralympic Gold Medalist) and Joanna Bloor (CEO of Amplify Lab) was a gathering of more than 150 Bay Area Executives who also heard from a formative panel including Jory Des Jardins (BlogHer Co-Founder and President), Marina Levinson (Venture Investor & Executive Advisor, Former Global CIO) and Christine Warner (Facebook Director, Travel Head of Industry), as well as moderator Tara Moriarty (KTVU FOX 2 News Reporter/Anchor). The panelists and speakers spoke about the challenges women may face during their careers and inspired the audience to ignite the passions in their hearts.

Saturday and Sunday brought the final rounds of golf. As the pros competed on the course for the championship title, a number of exciting events entertained attendees of the Ellie Mae Classic. The Kid Zone was a lively spot on Saturday as Family Day brought multiple fun, family-friendly activities and even an appearance from the Warriors Dance Team. The festivities continued on to the next day, when the final round was accompanied by Military Appreciation Day at the Classic. Active, reserve, and former service men and women enjoyed admittance, beer and wine, and a concession meal voucher all free of charge.

The trophy ceremony tied everything together. Seven days of competition, philanthropy, and good old-fashioned fun came to an end, but not without words from Jonathan Corr, who congratulated Martin Piller and thanked the Warriors Community Foundation, the players, and Ellie Mae volunteers for their part in this fantastic event. Ellie Mae and the Warriors Community Foundation couldn’t be happier with this year’s tournament. If you missed all the action in 2017, keep an ear out for the Ellie Mae Classic next summer. See you there!

Martin Piller celebrates his win at the 2017 Ellie Mae Classic.

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