NORTH HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A charity mini-golf tournament featuring a couple of time-traveling celebrities – and one very familiar DeLorean – was held Monday.
Don Fullilove and Claudia Wells from the 1980s blockbuster “Back to the Future” took part in the “Golf to the Future” tournament in North Hollywood.
About 50 participants took part in the event, which was sponsored by Wellborne Cinema Four and Armani Wells, a men’s clothing line owned by Wells, who played Jennifer Parker in the 1985 film.
“It’s crazy, honestly it’s crazy,” Wells said. “But I’m getting accustomed to how detailed and caring Back to the Future fans are.”
The mini-course was played on a 7,000-square-foot plot started by owner Adam Kontras, who originally began constructing the course in his own backyard as a way for his kids to enjoy the game.
“I honestly built the 9 holes so my kids would grow up playing,” said Kontras. “In a million years I never thought I’d be able to raise money for charities or that Jennifer Parker, Goldie Wilson and the Time Machine would be in my backyard.”
According to Kontras, his mini-golf events began garnering so much interest that he convinced businesses to agree to donate an amount based on the number of birdies and eagles each player hits, adding incentive for more serious play.
Proceeds will benefit Kids in the Spotlight, a charity that trains youth in foster care programs and other underserved youth to create, write and star in their own short films.
Last year’s event raised close to $800, an amount that Kontras expected to nearly double this Memorial Day.
“It’s a rare situation where 100 percent of the money goes to the charity with no administration costs,” said Kontras. “I donate my time, provide the food and the businesses write a check directly to the charity. In return they get the exposure from not only the event, but the video of the tournament.”
The events were not open to the public, but the videos can be viewed at Golfkon.com.