December 15, 2014 – The Bear’s Club, Jupiter Florida

On April 23, 2014 four guys entered to play in a National Car Rental PGA Pro-Am Pro-Senior event at the Legends Golf Course. Little did they know that it would be the start of an unforgettable golf weekend.

Tom Sipula (PGA Pro at St. Clair Country Club), Bob Santanello, Darrell Cates and Terry Tyrrell registered to become members of the National Car Rental Emerald Club during the ProAm Series event. Simply by registering, they entered to win a VIP Golf Experience with Keegan Bradley. It paid off as the foursome won.

On December 12, 2014, the four sweepstakes winners flew from the cold confines of Belleville, Illinois to the warm, golf-loving arms of Jupiter, Florida. They would enjoy three days of golf, relaxation and the opportunity of a lifetime; to play a round of golf with PGA Tour Professional Keegan Bradley.

“You watch these tour players on TV each week, it’s incredible to be able to play a round with one of them and watch their game from such a close distance”

They landed in Palm Beach, Florida and experienced the ease of the National Car Rental Emerald Aisle. After that, they were free to do what they came for – play golf.

PGA National Resort and Spa
PGA National Resort and Spa

Tom Sipula and crew stayed four nights at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach, Florida and enjoyed all the amenities and golf the PGA National has to offer. The winners played their first two-rounds of golf at two PGA National courses – The Palmer Course and The Squire Course.

The trip culminated with a round of golf with Keegan Bradley and his father Mark Bradley on Monday, December 15. They played the par 3 course at Bear’s Club, Keegan Bradley’s home course.

Keegan and our sweepstakes winners on the range.
Keegan and our sweepstakes winners on the range.

After a meet and greet on the driving range, and hitting a few balls to warm up, the six-some was ready for their round. The group agreed upon a friendly wager and the round began. With his tee shot on hole one, Keegan rattled the pin flag on the fly and his ball came to rest 3 feet from the hole. It was then our sweepstakes winners knew it would be a fun day.

Keegan tending the pin
Keegan tending the pin

During the round, Keegan kept the group laughing with stories from the tour while Mark Bradley gave pointers on improving certain aspects of their game. “You watch these tour players on TV each week, it’s incredible to be able to play a round with one of them and watch their game from such a close distance,” said Terry Tyrrell.

There was an odd twist of fate during the day though. As Keegan, Mark and the four sweepstakes winners headed to the clubhouse for a post-round lunch, they bumped into Jack Nicklaus (it’s his club after all). Tom Sipula, it so happens, qualified for the 1998 US Open at The Olympic Club. He made the cut that week, and played the third-round with none-other than Jack Nicklaus. Tom brought up the point to Nicklaus and he remembered everything that happened in that round. Tom finished the weekend playing the fourth round with Mark O’Meara.

Closing round hand shake
Closing round hand shake

Needless to say, the weekend was a fantastic experience for the sweepstakes winners. They took in several days of top-notch golf, played a round with Keegan Bradley and his father and entertained Jack Nicklaus as a lunch guest. All in all, not a bad golf trip for our 2014 Emerald Club Sweepstakes winners.

Thanks to National Car Rental, this year it could be your foursome that wins an unbelievable buddies trip. Learn more and enter here.

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