Continuing a Legacy!

Arnold Palmer was the embodiment of core values inherent in the game of golf.  The King of Golf will always be revered as a man of respect, integrity, and perseverance. He believed as we do, these values are essential to young people today. Mr. Palmer’s ongoing support continues to help expand our positive impact on the lives of young people in a meaningful way.

First Tee – Central Florida established the Arnold & Winnie Palmer Foundation for First Tee – Central Florida’s Scholarship Fund through Mr. Palmer’s Lead Gift. Prudent investing and consistent annual fundraising  Annual outflows of the endowment will be used to provide college scholarships for First Tee – Central Florida high school graduates continuing their education. The first class of scholars was announced at the 2023 Arnold Palmer Invitational for the 2023-2024 school year!

In 2022, we committed to growing the Arnold Palmer Scholarship Fund for First Tee – Central Florida to One Million Dollars through 2030. 

Thanks to the amazing support of this incredible and challenging initiative, $148,590 was raised during the Swing for the King Sunday evening and Monday golf tournament fundraiser at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club, July 30th & 31st!

Check out the Photo Gallery from this year’s Event

The Events

Sunday, July 30th, Bay Hill Club

Exclusive Chef’s Experience followed by Cocktails, Dinner & Conversation presented by Dave & CJ Harris

Sponsors, Players and Guests enjoyed Bay Hill Executive Chef Reiner and sommelier Lindsey’s Bourbon & Bacon Experience, followed by an open bar, dinner, live music, plenty of networking and conversations with GolfNow’s Lauren Thompson and Swing Coach to some of the world’s best players, Sean Foley.  The night wrapped up with live bidding fun as the last sealed bottle of Bay Hill Signature Maker’s Mark was saved just for our audience. In addition, a framed, US Open at LA Country Club flag, autographed by Rory McIlroy especially for this event, now hangs proudly in a donor’s home.  The live auction came to a thrilling end with the battle of “Two Dans” who in the end, split a $7,000 donation for a 2-hour lesson with Sean Foley!


5:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Exclusive Bay Hill Chef’s Bourbon & Bacon experience

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: Cocktails, Dinner & Conversations with celebrity guests

Monday, July 31st

Golf Tournament sponsored by Ravago

First Tee of Central Florida supporters enjoyed breakfast & a Maui Jim eyewear fitting before teeing it up for their shamble format.


7:00 am: Registration, Hot Breakfast, Maui Jim Eyewear Fitting, Player Gifting, Team Photos & Warm-Up

8:30 am: Shotgun Start

1:00 pm: Lunch and Awards Ceremony


Our impact on local youth is made possible thanks to our Swing for the King sponsors and attendees.
Thank you to the companies and individuals who have contributed to this year’s event!

To learn more about 2024 sponsorship opportunities, please contact Wanda Brewer Ickes at [email protected] or (m) 407.595.3645

Presenting Chef’s Exclusive Experience,
and, Cocktails, Dinner & Conversation Sponsor

Dave & CJ Harris 

Tournament Sponsor

Premier Sponsor

Corporate Sponsors

Contributing Sponsors

Hole Sponsors

On-Course Snacks and Beverage Sponsor

Driving Range Sponsor

Contest Sponsor

Water Bottle Sponsor