Jeff Maggert lends a helping hand on and off the golf course
THE WOODLANDS, TX -- This past Sunday, one of the top plays of the weekend was made by PGA Tour Champions golfer Jeff Maggert. The Woodlands resident holed out from 124 yards on the third playoff hole of the Charles Schwab Championship to defeat Retief Goosen and win his sixth PGA Tour Champions event and his first since 2015.
Maggert’s win on Sunday was significant for two other reasons. The playoff-winning eagle wasn’t his first time making a clutch shot under the pressure of a sudden-death format. 20 years ago, in the 1999 WGC Match Play Championship, Maggert’s chip shot on the 38th hole went in to win the tournament. On his way to the $1 million first prize, Maggert picked up wins over big names that included Bernhard Langer and Tiger Woods.
Jeff Maggert’s win was also significant for Scott McCarron. McCarron, who won the Insperity Invitational earlier this year at The Woodlands Country Club, won the Charles Schwab Cup thanks to Maggert holding off Retief Goosen’s late charge. The cup is awarded to the golfer who accumulates the most points during the season. With a win at the season finale, Goosen would’ve earned enough points to leapfrog McCarron, but Maggert’s improbable shot denied that in dramatic fashion.
It’s fitting that after he used his golf skills to lend a hand to a fellow golfer, Jeff Maggert and his wife Michelle returned to The Woodlands to use golf as a way to help provide shelter and assistance to the youth of Montgomery County. The following Monday, the Maggert’s hosted The Maggert Golf Tournament which benefits Yes to Youth - Montgomery County Youth Services.
“It was a great ending to the PGA Tour Champions season after struggling to get back inside the winner’s circle,” Maggert said. “I was able to get home Sunday night and participate in our annual Yes to Youth charity golf tournament yesterday. We had a great turn out and finished our golf before the cold front blew through.”
Jeff Maggert could’ve taken time to celebrate his big win, but for him, helping others is just as important.
“My wife and I just saw a great need in our community to help these young kids,” said Maggert. “They all have such great potential and, usually through no fault of their own, wind up in a situation where they are basically homeless. The home gives them a chance to keep their lives on track until they can find a family member to take them in or find a foster home. It is just a great feeling to help them out.”
The charity golf tournament is just a small part of the Maggert’s involvement with Yes to Youth. Since 1993, they have put in the time, money, and effort in an attempt to personally improve the lives of the Montgomery County youth.
“Since 1993, the Maggert’s have been involved with Yes To Youth - MCYS,” said Dannette Suding, CEO of Yes to Youth. “From in 1999, when Jeff was on the winning team for the Ryder Cup, and the Maggert’s secured the land and buildings for the agency, to today when Jeff and Michelle flew home after Jeff won the Charles Schwab Cup Championship to host The Maggert golf tournament for Yes To Youth.”
“Both have given of their hearts for the agency. They come and cook for the kids at the shelter, play board games, make mums for homecoming, spend the Christmas holidays with the kids, and do grounds cleanup, painting and general maintenance of the buildings. We are truly grateful for Michelle and Jeff and family for the love and compassion they show to the kids at the shelter.”
Over the last few days, Jeff Maggert has proved once again that he is a winner on and off the golf course.