The Ninth COPi Cup : Sacrificing the ‘Stache

CEO Phil Frengs will do almost anything to raise money for a good cause. Our annual COPi Cup tournament at Pebble Beach supports the SCGA Junior Scholarship Program, and this year’s event showed his commitment.

When one attendee offered to match donations if Phil would shave his mustache, other players joined in. Together, they added $27,000 to bring the total raised this time to a record $239,000. Take a look:

So far, the COPi Cup has raised over $1.3 million to help send under-served kids to college. 18 teams from across California competed for the Cup in a tournament driven by three principles: Competition, Camaraderie and Charity.

Competition

The pro competition came down to a card-off with Marcus De La Rosa, PGA from Santa Ana CC edging out Kyle Mendoza, PGA of The Farms GC with a lower back-nine score. Both pros finished the competition at 3 under. The winning COPi Cup squad hails from Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA. Players Jeff Fowler, PGA; Dan Cimino; Matt Lyons and Tim O’Neil walked away with the trophy. (Interestingly, Dan is the current President of the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation and Matt Lyons is a past president.)

Camaraderie

The COPi Cup takes its title from the original name for Legistics: COPi (Copies On Premise, Inc.) It’s a weekend full of friendship, great food and vibrant conversation, in addition to golf on some of the most beautiful and challenging courses in the world.

“The COPi Cup once again exceeded expectations in terms of a fun-filled golf tournament and weekend, as well as the generosity of the participants to support our mission,” said SCGA Junior Golf Foundation Executive Director Kevin Gigax. “It’s a special weekend connecting with so many friends and supporters who care so deeply about the game and its future, as well as all the kids who benefit from our work.”

Charity

Phil is past Foundation president. He founded and hosts this annual invitational, providing the scholarship fund with sustained income.“As always, it’s good to be with old friends — and make new friends, too,” says Phil. “I’m so grateful to everyone who participated again this year. Their generosity and that of our matching partner group propelled us to our new record for annual giving. We can’t wait to go back to Pebble Beach for our 10th anniversary COPi Cup this upcoming March.”

The Foundation has dispersed more than $3 million in scholarships since 1983. If you’re interested in learning more, please click here.

A quarter of a million dollars in one weekend

From left: Phil Frengs, Scott Miller, Chip Humphries, Gerry Hribel, Daniel Ragsdale and Mark Pfeil. But the real winners are the scholarship recipients of SCGA Junior!

That’s how much money we raised for scholarships at the seventh annual  COPi Cup Invitational Pro-Am Tournament at Pebble Beach  ($223,785 to be perfectly accurate.)

Conceived and sponsored by Legistics, Inc., the fundraiser is named after the firm’s forerunner, The COPi Companies. This year, it was again co-sponsored by clothier Matte Grey, with help from Jim Nantz’s award-winning winery, The Calling.

The COPi Cup is a 2-day event celebrating “Camaraderie, Competition and Charity”. It was created to fund scholarships for underserved kids who are often the first members of their families to attend college.

This financial assistance is provided by the SCGA Junior Golf Foundation, but eligibility is not about competitive performance or athletic scholarships. Instead, through their involvement with SCGA Junior, these high schoolers become eligible for aid based on their leadership skills, their academic achievement, their committed participation and their mentorship to younger golfers. 

For 2019, our winning team was led by North Ranch Country Club head pro Scott Miller, with talented amateurs Gerry Hribel, Chip Humphries and Daniel Ragsdale. Kyle Mendoza of South Hills Country Club was the pro champion.

Still, charity is the name of this particular game. Many of our generous participants and matching sponsors have returned every year since we started The COPi Cup in 2013. To date, we’ve raised $867,435 and changed the lives of dozens of kids and their families.

For that, we (and they) are truly grateful. Thanks.