This news has been received from: New York Post

All trademarks, copyrights, videos, photos and logos are owned by respective news sources. News stories, videos and live streams are from trusted sources.

“What can I do to help?’’

How many of us have asked that question of ourselves across the past three months?

It’s a question that undoubtedly has confronted those who’ve been fortunate enough not to have become a part of the frightening statistics associated with the COVID-19 pandemic — whether it’s the millions who’ve contracted it or the tens of millions who’ve lost their jobs as a result of it.

Since mid-March, we’ve watched the nurses and doctors, police, paramedics and firefighters, delivery personnel and grocery store workers carry on with their jobs and wondered what we’d do without their bravery on the front lines.

Last month, I was introduced to Eric Sedransk, a 35-year-old Jersey City resident and avid golfer, and I was humbled by his clever initiative and the simplicity in which he found a way to help with the sport we both have a passion for.

Sedransk created his “Member4aday Auction,’’ using golf as a vehicle to raise important money for the front-line hospital workers in New York City.

He reached out to some of the most prestigious golf courses in the country and asked if they’d be willing to donate a round of golf for a foursome so he could auction it off to benefit COVID-19 relief.

Sedransk raised $101,186 in the week-long auction, which produced 202 percent more than his stated goal.

Eric SedranskEric Sedransk

“I set the goal at $50,000 and, to be honest, I didn’t think I had a chance of getting anywhere near that, but I figured aim high,’’ he said. “I thought I was going to raise maybe $20,000.’’

Every penny of that $101,186 went to Sedransk’s charity of choice, Project Frontline — which was founded by TNT reporter Allie LaForce and her husband, Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith, to whom Sedransk was introduced by one of the donors to his auction, the Dormie Network. Project Frontline was created by LaForce and Smith to buy meals from restaurants and deliver them to front-line hospital workers.

LaForce estimated the money Sedransk raised will provide between 10,000 and 12,500 meals to hospital workers in the city.

The genesis of Sedransk’s project is what strikes home the most in that he answered that question nagging many of us: “What can I do to help?’’

While quarantining at his mother’s home in Hilton Head, S.C., where the golf courses never closed during the COVID-19 crisis, he said, “I felt this overwhelming amount of guilt that I was playing golf while my friends and family in New York are battling a pandemic. That drove me to do this like nothing has ever driven me before — trying to figure out ways that I could give back, which ultimately led to this auction.’’

Before he was laid off just before the pandemic hit, Sedransk ran business development and partnerships for tech companies, so that background lent itself to creating an online auction.

see also
Dustin Johnson joins legendary company CROMWELL, Conn. — It’s easy to under-appreciate Dustin Johnson for...

“I just started reaching out to some people I’ve gotten to know through life, through business and though personal relationships,’’ he said. “I said, ‘Why not just reach out?’ Worse comes to worse, they’re going to say, ‘No.’ But I’m raising money for COVID-19 for hospitals and front-line workers in New York City. No one’s going to tell me, ‘Don’t call me.’ Even if they say, ‘No,’ they’re going to say, ‘Thank you.’ It’s like the softest sell on earth, so I figured, why not try it?’’

Sedransk’s first call was to a private course outside of Philadelphia called Rolling Green, because he knew the head pro happens to follow him on Instagram.

“I literally sent him a message on Instagram and he responded, ‘Yes,’ ” Sedransk said. “Honestly, that was all I needed. I’d like to think that even if the first person said, ‘No,’ I would have continued on. But like anything you do in life, if that first one works that’s all you need to go on. A lot of places said, ‘No,’ because their bylaws don’t allow it. Some said, ‘Yes.’ ”

Not just “some.’’ Forty-eight of them.

Shinnecock Hills said yes.

So, too, did Friar’s Head, a course that Phil Mickelson has told me is his “favorite golf course in the world.’’

Silo Ridge, part of the uber-exclusive Discovery Land Company, said yes.

So did Medalist, Tiger Woods’ home course.

Same with Sleepy Hollow, one of the regional gems in Westchester.

Prestwick in Scotland, the site of the first-ever British Open (October 1860), said yes, as did the Mid Ocean Club in Bermuda.

“The response was outrageous,’’ Sedransk said.

So, too, was the end result.

“I think I was really able to tap into something,’’ he said. “I think there’s a much larger opportunity to create a platform around golf and giving — auctions, giveaways, events, content.’’

Sedransk had such success with the member-for-a-day auction that on Monday he launched another fundraising project to raise more money for COVID-19 relief in New York City.

This one is a sweepstakes for a round of golf with former Yankee Johnny Damon at Bay Hill Club and Lodge, the course that hosts the annual Arnold Palmer Invitational, and a round of golf with former Giants star Justin Tuck at Whipperwill Golf Club in Westchester.

Sedransk is working in concert with Damon, who donated the threesome at Bay Hill. Those interested can find more information at go.rallyup.com/johnnydamon.

Filed under golf ,  golf course ,  shinnecock hills ,  7/1/20 Share this article: Share this:
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Flipboard
  • WhatsApp
  • Email
  • Copy

Read Next

Famous soccer star reaches career milestone

Read Next

Famous soccer star reaches career milestone

Share Selection

Columnists
  • Larry Brooks NHL salary cap makeover would be problematic
  • Mike Vaccaro Nets can still get the last laugh after bizarre 12 months
  • Steve Serby This could be NFLs year of the backup QB
see all columnists Sports Odds Get the latest odds on all the top sports.


See Odds Trending Now in Sports

  • This story has been shared 23,482 times. 23,482

    'Who the f--k is Brad34?': How an internet scandal rocked the Mets
  • This story has been shared 9,723 times. 9,723

    Patrick Mahomes reacts to girlfriend Brittany Matthews' swimsuit pic
  • This story has been shared 8,742 times. 8,742

    NBA legend raves about Knicks coaching candidate
  • what to shop now The best 4th of July sales: furniture, TVs, mattresses and more Wayfair takes up to 70% off furniture and home decor for 4th of July sale Best 4th of July outfits to wear this year: Shirts, bathing suits, more The best 4th of July furniture sales at Wayfair, Frontgate and more Lululemon offers up to 50 percent off apparel, accessories and more Sports Podcast More Stories page six August Alsina talks allegedly Will Smith-approved Jada Pinkett Smith affair nypost Kim Jong Un reportedly blew up office over dirty depictions of his wife New York Post
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • LinkedIn
    • Messenger
    • Email
    • YouTube
    • Email Newsletters
    • Mobile Apps
    • Contact Us
    • Tips
    • Facebook
    • Twitter
    • Instagram
    • LinkedIn
    • Messenger
    • Email
    • YouTube
    • Sections & Features
      • News
      • Tech
      • Metro
      • Real Estate
      • Page Six
      • Video
      • Sports
      • Photos
      • Business
      • Alexa
      • Opinion
      • Covers
      • Entertainment
      • Horoscopes
      • Fashion
      • NY Post Shopping
      • Sports Odds
      • Living
      • Classifieds
      • Media
    • Newsletters & More
      • Email Newsletters
      • RSS Feeds
      • Store
      • Home Delivery
        • Subscribe
        • Manage Subscription
        • Delivery Help
    • Help/Support
      • Customer Service
      • App FAQ & Help
      • Contact Us
        • Tips
        • Newsroom
        • Letters to the Editor
        • Reprints
        • Careers
    • Apps
      • iPhone App
      • iPad App
      • Android Phone
      • Android Tablet
      • Advertise
        • Media Kit
        • Contact

    Post Digital Network

    • Page Six
    • Page Six Style
    • Decider

    © 2020 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use Privacy Notice Your Ad Choices Sitemap

    Your California Privacy Rights Do Not Sell My Personal Information

    New York Post

    Would you like to receive desktop browser notifications about breaking news and other major stories?

    Not Now Yes Please

    Send to Email Address Your Name Your Email Address Cancel Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Email check failed, please try again Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. click to copy

    News Source: New York Post

    Tags: golf golf golf course shinnecock hills

    Dragons Defoe to bring toughness to Bears

    Next News:

    New York Mets: First Day of Bidding, Cohen Out in Front

    New York Mets: First Day of Bidding, Cohen Out in Front

    • By: Daniel Marcillo
    • July 10, 2020
    Follow ESM On Social Facebook Twitter Youtube Flipboard Instagram ShareTweet0 Shares

    The highly anticipated first day of bidding to own the New York Mets came with plenty of excitement. At least five potential owners submitted bids to own the franchise valued at $2.4 billion.

    BREAKING: After weeks of negotiations, hedge fund billionaire Steve Cohen has told Wilpons he would pay $2 billion for @Mets & would pay $2 billion for @SNYtv. Other bids for the team so far are lower meaning he is (as reported by @FoxBusiness) the lead bid. Timing unclear

    — Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) July 10, 2020



    The name most Mets fans want to hear is Steve Cohen. He is the bidder with the most money at his disposal and submitted a monster bid. Cohen not only offered $2 billion for the Mets but added another $2 billion on top to buy out SNY from the Wilpons.

    He has made it clear that he does not want the Wilpon’s to have any power that he cannot control. The Wilpons always hoped to keep SNY separate, but every man has a price. Cohen puts himself at the top of all the bidders with his enormous offer.

    What About A-Rod?

    The rest of the bidders have not offered any price as high as Cohen’s. Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez led group put together an offer of $1.7 billion. It does exclude SNY from the deal, which would make them the front runners if the Wilpons stay strict on their pursuit to keep SNY.

    David Blitzer and Josh Harris, owners of the New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers, also submitted a bid. The details are still unknown, but it falls under the “underwhelming” category, along with A-Rod/J-Lo.

    The rest of the bidders are simply speculation as of Friday. Simon and David Reuben, billionaires from the U.K., also have an interest in owning the Mets. Their interest has grown over the last couple of months, but they have a net worth higher than Steve Cohen’s.

    More details should emerge over the weekend. One thing for sure is that Steve Cohen is not going to lose this battle without a long, expensive fight.

    Other News

    • Annual Jimmys Famous Seafood Golf Tournament Raises $45K For Charity
    • Morikawa maintains clubhouse lead at PGA Workday Charity Open
    • PGA Tour Workday Charity Open Scores
    • A Few Overlooked Essential Workers in Detroit Were Given Much Needed Recognition
    • PGA Tour Workday Charity Open Par Scores
    • Storms Topple Trees And Power Lines In Elgin; It Just Got Ugly
    • The best online therapy providers
    • Pressure Rises on Canada's Trudeau as Parliamentary Rivals Seize on Charity Controversy
    • Essential journalism made for Minnesota
    • Reputed MS-13 gang member hit with charges over 2012 murder
    • OG Insta Golf Girl Paige Spiranac Flaunts Her Bunker Skills In A Little Black Dress
    • Loretto Hospital Workers Authorize Strike Over Low Wages, Understaffing
    • Germany Says Suspected Egyptian Spy Had No Access to Sensitive Data
    • 2020 Workday Charity Open, Round 2 Schedule, PGA Tour, Live Leaderboard, TV Channel, How to Watch
    • Judge Rejects Dakota Access Pipeline Request to Stop Closure
    • Judge rejects Dakota Access pipeline request to stop closure
    • High Court Rules Christian Adoption Charity Must Allow Same-Sex Carers
    • Muirfield Village is no pushover for Workday Charity Open
    • How Arsenal could line-up against Tottenham with Lacazette to continue up front, Nketiah suspended and Pepe back in XI