MOSES LAKE -- After graduating from Moses Lake High School in 2002, Jordan Reffett would eventually become a bit of a celebrity.
He would play football at the University of Washington until 2007 after his days as a Chief and ultimately became a member of the National Football League's (NFL) Pittsburgh Steelers for two full seasons (2008-09) and a part of the 2010 season.
Now Reffett wants to bring celebrity and then-some back home.
On Thursday, Reffett hosts the First Annual Jordan Reffett Foundation and March of Dimes Celebrity Golf Tournament at Moses Pointe Golf Course, with registration starting at 10:30 a.m. and the Shot Gun start set for noon.
It is sponsored by Farmers insurance and Reffett's own, Reffett & Associates, where he works as a district manager of Farmers.
"The golf tournament came to me after I had been asked and played in several celebrity golf tournaments over the years," Reffett said. "Bryce Fisher, Detlef Schrempf, and Jim Mora and I always wanted to bring that kind of support to Moses Lake and try to help out as many people as I could with the influence I have. I have been blessed to play football and win a super bowl and meet a lot of great players and people along the way."
Interested participants enter as an individual or as a foursome. Each foursome will be paired up with one celebrity golfer.
Some of those players invited to attend include Roy Lewis from the Seattle Seahawks, Jake Locker of the Tennessee Titans, Ryan Tolar, Erik Lobos and Walt Winter of the Washington Huskies, Greyson Gunhiem of the Oakland Raiders/Washington Huskies, Mkristo Bruce of the Jacksonville Jaguars/Washington State Cougars and Moses Lake alum, BJ Guerra who currently plays for the Washington State Cougars, while others may also appear. Potential other guests could include other past and present Seahawks, Huskies, Steelers, and various coaches and players who spent their time competing in Moses Lake.
Cost to participate is $100 for a round of golf which includes a golf cart, practice balls and a barbecue dinner. The proceeds go toward the March of Dimes.
"I am super excited to be doing this in my home town," Reffett said. "I am very prideful of my home town and getting a chance to represent Moses Lake and win a Super
Bowl was a great thing for my family and this town. I really want to give back to the great community that raised me and doing events like these are a ton of fun and it promotes Moses Lake as well as Moses Point and gives us Moses Lake residents a sense of pride to have these time athletes out here."
Reffett, who has played golf for 20 years, was an All-Pac 10 defensive lineman in 2007 and the league's two-time Guy Flaherty (Most Inspirational Award) winner in the 2006-2007. He also was the L. Walt Rising Lineman of the Year in 2007.
With the Steelers, Reffett competed as a defensive linemen and played in eight games.
Reffett picked the March of Dimes due to the organization's long standing relationship with Farmers.
"The main thing is being back in town having fun and raising money for a good cause," Reffett said. "Coming back to the area and running my own business has allowed me to get back to my roots and spend time with my family and my friends. It is good to be back in Moses Lake."
Sponsors are still wanted with the goal of each hole being sponsored by local businesses.
Reffett asks potential sponsors to sign up for $100.
Prizes, auctions and much more will follow each round of play involving golfers and celebrity guests.
For more information contact Linda or Jose at sign up or email at email@example.com or Jose@tricitiescareers.com. They can also be reached at 509-371-9508 or fax 509-371-9511.
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