(Photo courtesy of Arianna Grainey) 

We are back!

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, UMPS CARE returned to the Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix with a roar for our 16th Annual Golf Classic! The sold-out event, with 180 golfers, was an incredible day on the links with golf, raffle prizes, a live auction and so much more – all for a great cause in UMPS CARE and our programs.

Special thanks to the MLB, MiLB and retired MLB Umpires who joined us, to our sponsors, board of directors, volunteers and guests! All of you truly made a difference. We are truly grateful for our top sponsors – FTX, the Office of the Commissioner, John Holmberg, NBA Referee Billy Kennedy, Sanderson Ford, Force3, Ump-Attire.com, MLBUA and Out West Officials and Gear. 

We also want to thank Anthony Ucciferri, our 2016 All-Star College Scholarship reicpient and a 2021 graduate from Montclair State University in New Jersey. Anthony was our guest speaker, and we highly encourage you to watch this VIDEO of his inspirational speech.

Congrats to our Golf Classic winners: Tara Trzinski, Jason Smith, Chilo Mendoza, Stephen Rodack and MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg! They each won custom-made bats from our friends at OTW Bats. Runners-up are Jackie Byrd, Ronald Hernandez, Dave Busch, Brandon Gordon and retired MLB Umpire Kerwin Danley. The third-place foursome featured Greg Cameron, Randy Mayfield, Dan Fitas, Steve Thompson and retired MLB pitcher Lance Painter.

Our “Most Honest” team was Bob Vega, John Fitzpatrick, Steve Goroff and Mark Murietta.

Closest to the pin (sponsored by Calling For Christ) winner was MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg. Brandon Gordon had the longest drive (men’s) and Kim Parker landed the longest drive on the women’s side. The longest drive contests were sponsored by Mechanics Bank.

Want to see your pictures? We are thrilled to share this PHOTO GALLERY featuring the amazing work by Arizona photographer Arianna Grainey! Check out more of her work on Instagram @ariannagrainey

Finally, please check out the drone photos and VIDEO by Ryan Barmore of this event! You can follow him on Instagram @ryan_b_more

Until next year!

Anthony Ucciferri and his girlfriend, Arianne

Our 2022 Golf Classic Champions! MLB Umpire Pat Hoberg with Tara Trzinski, Jason Smith, Chilo Mendoza and Stephen Rodack