American Cancer Society's Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic 2023 E-Update

May 2023│Issue No. 5

“Watching coaches use their platform to save lives is inspiring. They don’t have to do it, they choose to. That’s the key to this event and it’s powerful to see in action.”

Mike Egan

Nike (LV Classic Founding Partner) 

Team Nike from left: Joe Egan, Mike Egan, Eric Lautenbach, Rich Schlachter

We hope you had fun in Las Vegas earlier this month. More importantly, we hope you felt the impact of saving lives. 

Coaches vs. Cancer started over 30 years ago. Since that time, the American Cancer Society’s efforts have contributed to a 33 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the US. That’s nearly 3.8 million cancer deaths averted. 

Because of your generosity of time and money, someone will get to hug a cancer survivor today. And we hope you will remember that when it’s time to return again next year for one of Coaches vs. Cancer’s signature events - the Las Vegas Golf Classic

Nearly $1.7 million raised in 2023

16 years

Nearly $14 million since inception

33 percent decline in the cancer death rate since 1991

“We’ve had the opportunity to see the Classic grow from its first year and we haven’t missed one. But as impressive as the growth of the event has been, what’s more impressive is hearing the stories and data each year about more lives being saved. The golf is unbelievable and Las Vegas is the perfect setting, but we are here to beat cancer. Everyone involved is helping us do that.”

Dana Altman (pictured second from right)

Oregon, Head Coach

LV Classic Founder 

“Great event, better people. We love being a part of the Coaches vs. Cancer team and the Las Vegas Golf Classic. Congrats to all who made it a success once again. Cancer impacts all of us. Let’s keep this fight going. We’re going to win.” 

Andy Enfield (pictured second from left)

USC, Head Coach

“Raising money in the fight against cancer is so important. It is great to be able to do so here while showcasing the great city of Las Vegas. There is no better place in the world to host an event like the Classic. We look forward to having all the coaches and golfers back next year - and every year until the fight is finished.” 

Erick Harper (pictured far right)

UNLV, Director of Athletics 

Coaches, AD among winning teams

Two teams featuring head coaches captured titles at the Las Vegas Golf Classic (Omaha’s Chris Crutchfield and UNLV’s Kevin Kruger) while USC’s Andy Enfield, Washburn’s Bob Chipman and K-State AD Gene Taylor took home second place finishes. 

Kruger’s Silver Lake team of Jerry Kruger, Scott Hoffman & Craig Barlow (pictured) took first gross at Cascata while Crutchfield’s Omaha team won first net (Curtis Branch, Kyan Brown & Rick Velasco).

At Shadow Creek, Findlay Automotive’s Robby Findlay, Kirk Brown, Ben Itterman & JC Price (joined by Stephanie Bernas - pictured) captured first place gross. The Sun Life Hackers foursome of Marc Warrington, Craig Mackin, Bud Hebert & Jerry Baker finished first net. 

In the Classic’s return to TPC Summerlin, the MGM team of Andrew Martin, Brandon Wendelschafer, Tony Enard & Anthony Brandonisio finished first gross while ESPN’s Sean Farnham and his PGA Defects team of Ian Morgan, Dalen Cuff & Dave Gorman won net. 

Additional teams placing:


2nd Gross: Richard Kay Auto - Richard Kay, Brandon Greene, Bill McDonald, Rob Simmons

2nd Net: Jaime Harris, Nikki Harris, Nicholas Gilliam, Jeff Fehlis, Dr. Arif Kamal

3rd Net: The UPS Store - Dale Eeles, Nick Robone, Carl Digennaro, Greg Sak (Team Captain Tom Englund)

Shadow Creek

2nd Gross: Team Canfield - Jordy Canfield, Bob Chipman, Chad Roesler, Justin Jacquinot

2nd Net: KSU 2 - John Chandler, Tracer Paul, Shon Hansen, Gene Taylor

3rd Net: KSU 3 - Mike Pestinger, Blake Pestinger, Danny Higgins, Mike Rice

TPC Summerlin

2nd Gross: MB Trojans - Andy Enfield, Chip Eggers, Scott Allen, Jim Delaney

2nd Net: Xs & Os of Success - Jay Ship, Mike Turner, Daniel Allen, Scottie Godino

3rd Net: MGM 7 - Andrew Naworski, Jeff Lemaster, Keith Murakami, Adam Bandel



  • Sanford Health

  • NextGen Cattle Co. in memory of Bryan Lindstrom

  • The UPS Store in memory of Joe Yale and Beth Sprude

  • Wald Family Foods in honor of Curt Zwart

  • RBC Capital Markets

  • Altamont Capital in honor of Alexander Papakostas

  • National Basketball Retired Players Association, Inc.

  • Danny and Dana Heatly in memory of Dale Beckham and Charles Heatly

  • The McGivern Family in memory of Sharon Lloyd and in honor of Brandon Ryan

  • Bud Hebert and Marc Warrington in honor of Jane Hebert and Wanda Johnson

  • Fran and Margaret McCaffery in memory of Austin Schroeder and Tate Schaefer and in honor of Patrick McCaffery and Joe Mausser

  • Coaches vs. Cancer Family in memory of Peter Mindock, Ted Seagroves, Wade Leavitt, Lew Hill, Billy Tubbs, Rick McGraw and Maureen Youngmeyer-May and proud to honor Coach Clark and Sharon Herrmann

  • Jack Wharton
  • MGM Resorts International

  • Nike Basketball Family in memory of Sean "The Duke" Carlesimo

  • Top of the World in memory of Gail McNally and in honor of Shelly Wilson

  • Comprehensive Cancer Centers in honor of our survivors, fighters and angels

  • Xs & Os of Success in memory of Keith Campbell and in honor of Ed Benson, Larry Allen, Vince Iodice, Joanne Ship and Tim Brooks

  • Gilead Oncology in honor of George Pongracz

  • Las Vegas Review-Journal

  • Farrell Dillon and Pompey Entertainment

  • Lon and Barb Kruger in memory of Don Kruger

  • Sean Farnham in honor of Zoe Suder

  • Nikki and Jamie Harris with the Phil Smith and Family Foundation in memory of Phil Smith and Tab Anderson and in honor of Stephanie Rudy

  • Warren DeMaio in memory of Gerr, Joe and Big Billy

  • Frank and Terry Starr in honor of Jim Beaver

A memorable Classic 2023

More memories can be found here. Thank you, Tim Quesenberry of Que Images and Cindy Lou Wooten, for donating your talent and capturing the great times in Vegas.

A special thank you to our sponsors

Warren DeMaio

Danny & Dana Heatly

Lon & Barb Kruger

Bud Hebert & Marc Warrington

Frank & Terry Starr

Sean Farnham

Nikki & Jamie Harris with the

Phil Smith & Family Foundation

Bud Hebert & Marc Warrington

The McGivern Family

Fran & Margaret McCaffery

Want to play an even bigger role in supporting Coaches vs. Cancer? All while gaining valuable exposure for your organization? 

Find out more about becoming a sponsor of the 2024 Coaches vs. Cancer Las Vegas Golf Classic by contacting Bridget Byrne at [email protected] or (702) 275-1124.

If you missed the chance to support the fight against cancer during the event, please visit the Classic's website to make a donation today! Or contact Samantha Molinero with American Cancer Society at [email protected] or (954) 639-2101.

2023 Photos

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