The 16th Annual Ocala Open Tournament held its three-day pro-am charity event last week, raising $80,000 for local organizations. Seth Fair won the Open for the second straight year, firing an 18-under par for the tournament.

A record-breaking 36 teams played, pairing amateur golfers with one Ocala Open golf professional. Participants enjoyed playing tips straight from the professionals to help navigate the Candler Hills golf course.

Golfers could feel good about their days on the greens with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Marion County, Inc. and Interfaith Emergency Services.

To date, the Ocala Open, one of the largest fundraisers in Ocala, has raised over $893,000 for these local charities.

“The Pro-Am is what we all look forward to the most from the Ocala Open,” says Director of Golf for Candler Hills Golf Club, Matt Hibbs. “Annually, the pro-am is the largest fundraiser in Ocala.”

This year, the Ocala Open charity pro-am allowed sponsor On Top of the World to write both Hospice of Marion County, Inc., and Interfaith Emergency Services each a check for $40,000. Both organizations are local non-profits in the community providing support for area citizens in need. Hospice of Marion County, Inc. offers exceptional, compassionate care for terminally ill patients and supports patient’s families and caregivers. Interfaith Emergency Services provides necessities and emergency financial assistance to anyone in need without being discriminative of race or religion.

“We are honored to keep the tradition of supporting both of these organizations yearly,” Hibbs said. “We feel strongly the money raised should be used to support organizations whose roots are in Marion County.”

The 16th Annual Ocala Open pro-am was a successful event thanks to participants, sponsors, Candler Hills Golf Club staff, and On Top of the World. The team at Candler Hills Golf Club would like to thank various local businesses’ generous support, including our Platinum Partner for the second consecutive year, 360 Wealth Management Group of Raymond James.

For more information on the Ocala Open and to see a tournament schedule, please visit our website at

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