(Ocala, FL, April 11, 2024) – The 19th Annual Ocala Open hosted by Candler Hills Golf Club kicked off a three-day tournament on their par 72 championship course with a Charity Pro-Am on March 19, 2024. The Pro-Am paired three amateur golfers with one Ocala Open golf professional for a competitive 18-hole competition. Not only did the Pro-Am host a great day of golf, but the event also raised $100,000 for local charities Hospice of Marion County, Inc., and Interfaith Emergency Services, each receiving $50,000 to put towards helping their cause.

Hospice of Marion County, Inc., accepting the $50,000 donation raised from the 2024 Ocala Open

With the help of many sponsors throughout the years, 2024 marked the year the Ocala Open raised over 1 million dollars to date in charitable contributions. “It’s truly remarkable to see the continuous support from our sponsors and the local community, enabling us to reach this milestone of over $1 million raised for local charities,” said Matt Hibbs, Director of Golf. “Their generosity allows us to make a meaningful impact on organizations like Hospice of Marion County, Inc., and Interfaith Emergency Services, who provide invaluable assistance to our community and its residents.”

Interfaith Emergency Services accepting the $50,000 donation raised from the 2024 Ocala Open

The Ocala Open Golf Tournament was held the following three days on March 20-22, 2024. The Open began with two beautiful, and somewhat chilly, days of golf. The third day was forecasted to be full of rain, however, players lucked out with only having a one-hour rain delay at the start of the day. Though rain-free, golfers would still be challenged to complete their final round on a windy day.

Marcus Plunkett, the 2024 Ocala Open Champion

South Carolina’s Marcus Plunkett claimed the 2024 Ocala Open championship by coming in at -16 under-par, amassing a 3-day tournament total of 197. He received $16,000 for his victory. Congratulations to Marcus!

Kenneth D. Colen, President of On Top of the World Communities, presents Marcus Plunkett with the champion’s check and trophy for the 2024 Ocala Open

As the 19th Annual Ocala Open draws to a close, the organizers, participants, and spectators alike celebrate another successful event. Beyond the thrill of competition, the tournament’s impact extends far beyond the greens, leaving a lasting legacy of support for local charities. With the continued support of the community and sponsors, the Ocala Open looks forward to many more years of charitable giving and exceptional golfing excellence.


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