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A total of 220 players took to the green on Monday, August 27 for the annual Birdies & Books Charity Golf Classic. It was a beautiful (and hot) day at Onwentsia Club and proved to be a competitive day on the course.

Founder and Chief Advancement Officer, Brian Floriani shared his gratitude for the tremendous support. “It is great to see everyone understands how important literacy is and how important an equitable education is for all children here in this country,” Brian expressed. “I appreciate your continued support and trust in us.”

With 55 foursomes, the largest field in event history, the competition was fierce. Congratulations to the winning team: Patrick Campbell, Drew Herpich, Geoff Kelley and Nick Shroeger. Their names will be added to the coveted Birdies & Books trophy.

Also, congratulations to the hole-prize winners:

A.M. Closest to the Pin (Men): Graham Halonen

A.M. Longest Drive (Women): Tina Beskid

A.M. Longest Drive (Men): Jeff Schaal

P.M. Closest to the Pin (Women): Nancy Taubensee

P.M. Closest to the Pin (Men): Randy Mortensen

P.M. Longest Drive (Women): Nancy Taubensee

P.M. Longest Drive (Men): Trevor Jeske

Thank you to our sponsors, listed below for their generous support of our mission. Thank you to Birdies & Books Co-Chairs Matt Doubleday and Chip Grace, as well as the task force who helped make this event a success.

We are grateful to everyone who spent the day supporting the 300,000 at-risk Chicagoland children served annually by Bernie’s Book Bank.

View a selection of photos from the 2018 Birdie’s & Books Charity Golf Classic –