The L.O.V.E. Golftech Tournament began in 1998 when tournament founder, the late
Vernon L. Echols, wanted a way to give back to his community. With a long history of civic engagement and sports enthusiasm, Mr. Echols decided that hosting a charity tournament at the LPGA International Golf Course in Daytona Beach would be a great opportunity. The first L.O.V.E. Golftech Connection Invitational Tournament had 32 players. Today, as one of the largest and longest running Black tournaments hosted at the renowned course, the profoundly successful annual event has grown to over 200 players.
In 2020, the L.O.V.E. Golftech Committee was honored to rename the tournament to the VERNON ECHOLS MEMORIAL CLASSIC. Mr. Echols left a lasting legacy that is still felt throughout the local community and by golfers across the country.
Proceeds from the L.O.V.E. Golftech Tournament go to support S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs for youth.
Donations allow us to award scholarships and make charitable contributions to worthy community organizations, such as the Boys and Girls Club of Daytona Beach and Rose Marie Bryon Children's Center, that expose students to educational and career opportunities.
L.O.V.E. Golftech, Inc. is a Florida nonprofit corporation in the process of applying for 501(c)(3) status. Upon such recognition your donation will qualify as a tax-deductible charitable contribution to the extent the law provides.
A Lasting Legacy
25 Years & Counting
One of the largest and longest running Black tournaments hosted at the renowned LPGA International Golf Course.
Our three-day event brings golfers from across the country.
Proceeds allow us to provide scholarships to students and make charitable contributions to local community organizations.
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