Auburn — Less than 24 hours after tying for 2nd place at the Zurich Open, Auburn grad Jason Dufner made his way to The Plains for a great cause.
Dufner held his annual Celebrity Golf Classic on Monday at the Auburn University Club.
The Jason Dufner Foundation focuses on ending childhood hunger in Lee County providing meals for more than 1,000 children throughout the school year and summer.
“We saw that there was a need here in Lee County,” Dufner said. “A lot of people just take for granted that everybody’s good, that everybody’s kids are getting fed. When we took a closer look, we realized that there were a lot of kids that would go home on the weekends and struggle. We saw that there was a need, saw we could help and so we wanted to do something about it.”
Some of the big names who took part in the classic include Jordan Spieth, Alabama grad Justin Thomas, basketball coach Bruce Pearl and former NFL linebacker Takeo Spikes who was an anchor on the Tigers’ defense from 1995-1997.
“I think it’s amazing what Jason is doing for Lee County,” Spikes said. “To know that he feeds 1,500 kids a week, I mean that’s amazing man. A lot of people don’t know that and so when I saw that I just felt like ‘How can I do more?’ I’m always going to support Jason. He’s a great guy. I love what he’s doing for the community and that’s what matters most.”