MINT HILL – The Pine Lake Country Club looked like a reunion of current and former Carolina Panthers on May 6.
But it was Delilah that stole the show during the Joe Maus Foundation 2019 Celebrity Golf Tournament.
The Ball Python took in the action at the No. 9 green. She was being handled by Melissa Reynard of Carolina Waterfowl Rescue. The rescue, located in Indian Trail, has had a presence at the Maus Foundation tourney for several years.
“A lot of people had their picture taken with the snake,” Reynard said, noting the rescue takes in thousands of animals a year. Reynard was there trying to raise awareness for the nonprofit’s spring bird-feeding program.
Current and former Panthers like Kyle Love, Shaq Thompson and Ted Ginn Jr. played in the tournament. Charlotte Hornets star Frank Kaminsky and former NBA great Sleepy Floyd also drew plenty of attention from spectators.
But charity was the ultimate winner at Pine Lake Country Club.
The tournament’s 144 amateurs and 40 celebrity golfers raised over $60,000 that will benefit children in need and animal rescue in Mecklenburg, Union and Stanly counties.
“This is the third time Joe Maus has had the tournament here, and it was an awesome tournament,” said Sherri Taylor, general manager for Pine Lake Country Club. “It raised a lot of money for children in this community and for animal rescue. All of the money goes to local charities, and it is a wonderful thing he does for our community.”
Want to learn more? Visit www.joemaus foundation.com.