Ernie Els, Nick Price among celebrities in Virginia Beach for 3rd annual Begin Again Celebrity Classic

Posted at 2:19 PM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-07 23:04:37-04

Bruce Smith at Marc Leishman Begin Again Celebrity Classic

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA – PGA TOUR professional Marc Leishman and wife Audrey hosted the third annual Begin Again Celebrity Classic presented by The Somers Jones Group and Merrill Lynch, a two-day event to help families in need in the Virginia Beach community and beyond.

“Since its inception, the Begin Again Foundation has received tremendous support and love from many and we couldn’t be more excited to show our appreciation as we host our Celebrity Classic for the third year,” says Marc Leishman. “This year, we have so much to share that our past one-day event has turned into two as we showcase why we do what we do.”

Ernie Els of South Africa wears a blue ribbon on his hat for Els for Autism. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

The weekend kicked off on Sunday, May 6 at the Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hotel for the New Beginnings Gala sponsored by Paramount Builders, Inc. and Atlantic Bay Mortgage Group as the Foundation will showcase the heart behind its giving. The Gala featured delicious food, drinks and entertainment by country music recording artist, Colt Ford. The event continued Monday, May 7 at the exclusive Bayville Golf Club for a round of golf with celebrities and will include awards, contests and lunch. Confirmed celebrity golfers include Nick Price, Ernie Els, Kent Bazemore, Charley Hoffman, Kevin Sorbo, Harold Varner, Ian Baker-Finch, Amanda Balionis, Philip Boyd, Greg Chalmers, Brendan Fehr, Bruce Smith and many more.

“With every story we read detailing a life lost to Sepsis or a family unable to afford lifesaving prescriptions, our passion swells and our mission to help grows,” states Audrey Leishman. “This is our favorite event of the year as it helps us raise awareness and money to help those in need. Our Foundation, though only three years old, continues to grow into something that we have only dreamed of.”

Marc Leishman during the second round of the BMW Championship. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

About Begin Again Foundation

Founded by PGA TOUR player Marc Leishman and his wife Audrey, the Begin Again Foundation was born out of a fiery passion for helping others. Inspired by Audrey’s near-death experience in April 2015 the Foundation works to bring life’s most pressing needs to families experiencing medical and life crises. To learn more about the programs visit