Masters for Max Tournament – 2019

START HERE:  DONATE/PAY FOR YOUR ENTRY AT CAMP HO MITA KODA.  You must create an online account in order to register for the tournament. Once you’ve made your donation, you’ll receive an email with payment confirmation and a link to the official Masters for Max website which contains all the official rules and allows you to choose your team(s).  Please make sure to SUBMIT your teams on the entry site.

P.S. – Please spread the word – Feel free to forward this invite to anyone you know who would like to play.  More players =  bigger pot and more $ that gets donated.  Thank you!


Be very quiet.  Shhhhhhhhhhhh. 

I want you, right now, to stop what you’re doing, to take a deep breath, and relax.  I want you to feel a soft breeze blowing through a grove of towering pines, to feel a late afternoon ray of sunshine warming the back of your neck.  I want you to listen, to hear the chickadees calling to each other and the gurgle of Rae’s Creek.  Breathe in deeply, smell the pine needles and azaleas in full bloom.  Somewhere, in the distance, a harp plays a soft melody, and suddenly you’re transported to the Butler Cabin and you hear a familiar whisper and feel a hand on your thigh.  It’s Jim Nantz.  He’s looking deep into your eyes and gives you a knowing wink.  Okay, things just got weird but go with it, friends, it’s almost that time – yes, the tradition unlike any other is nearly upon us.  It’s time for The Masters. 

Once again it is my honor to officially invite you to play in the Masters for Max Challenge

If you’re receiving this message it’s because you have participated in the Masters for Max tournament in the past, or someone loves you very much and made sure you received this invitation. If you would like to be removed from this distribution because you dislike The Masters, and, one can only assume, America, freedom, puppies and all that is good and holy in this world, please let me know and this will be the last message you receive.  For the rest of you whose Christmas is celebrated over 4 days in April, buckle up for what has become the most anticipated Masters ever.  Tiger Woods.  Phil Mickelson.  Rory McIlroy.  Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods and Dustin Johnson and Justin Thomas and did I mention Tiger Woods?  I LITERALLY CANNOT EVEN. 

For the uninitiated, the Masters for Max is almost certainly the #1 Masters pool in the Western Hemisphere.  At the very least, it’s my mom’s favorite.  The premise is simple:  make a donation to Camp Ho Mita Koda, an awesome summer camp for kids with Type 1 Diabetes, and get a chance to win thousands of dollars by picking the right team of 4 players.  Easy.  Entry is $20 to enter one team or $30 to enter twice.  75% of your entry goes toward a pot that is divided among the top 5 finishers and the poor soul who finishes dead last.  Our most recent winner took home $8,500, 2nd place scored $4,000 and my buddy Hank Slay made such horrible, horrible picks that he took home $750 for finishing dead last.  Most importantly, 25% of your entry fee is used to make a difference in the life of a kid who struggles with juvenile diabetes – a lifelong, life threatening disease.  Make the right picks and you could take home some serious coin (and bragging rights for the year), but if not, you’ve done some good in this world and hopefully made your Masters viewing a little more fun.


Some of you will recall there was a slight glitch in the matrix involving PayPal that prevented me from putting on this tournament last year.  Hence, entry into the tournament will be slightly different this time and hence IT IS VERY IMPORTANT YOU READ THE FOLLOWING CAREFULLY (cough cough, Marty Sullivan).  



FIRST, make a donation at Camp Ho Mita Koda’s website.  Please note, since you have the chance to win money, your team entry donation is not tax deductible.  However, ANY EXTRA DONATION BEYOND THE MINIMUM IS 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  If you want to enter 1 team, then donate $20.  If you want to enter 2 teams, then pay $30.  While there is certainly no obligation, the good karma you receive from any EXTRA donation will bring you great fortune, worldwide fame and all your dreams will come true (Please note, the website to donate is a little wonky – just check to make sure your shopping cart includes your team entry and any extra donation you’d like to make, if any).  In all seriousness, I appreciate ALL participants, but I am always extremely grateful for the little (and sometimes lots) extra many of you have historically donated.  Keep in mind the cost of sending one child to camp is $750.  Donate that much and I will personally write you an award-winning haiku that you can pass down to future generations.  Seriously, any little extra helps.      



ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE DONATED are you eligible to enter the Masters pool.  After you have paid you will receive, via email, payment confirmation and a link to the Masters for Max team entry website that allows you to choose your 4 player team from 4 categories (Top 7 in the world, Remaining Top 25 in the world, Remaining Americans, Remaining Internationals). PLEASE NOTE:  I WILL BE CROSS-REFERENCING NAMES & EMAIL ADDRESSES.  IF YOU DO NOT DONATE AT THE CAMP HO MITA KODA WEBSITE, YOUR TEAM WILL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO WIN.


Once again, I am deeply grateful to Ed Levens, CEO of Propel Marketing Group , a full-service agency providing end-to-end marketing, advertising, branding and design services, and his trusty sidekick Melinda Walker, for creating the websites and donating their time and talent to our cause. Ed and Melinda do this out of the kindness of their own hearts, and for that I am grateful.   


Okay, so let’s go through this one more time.  First, pay for your entry.  Second, choose your teams.  Got it?  Should be pretty self-explanatory, but you’d be surprised how often I get questions.  If you do have questions, please first re-read all the directions, and, if you’re still confused, shoot me a quick email and I’ll do my best to respond in a timely manner – just know I actually have a job and will take some PTO later in the week to focus on managing this tourney.   

Also, if you’re on Instagram, follow M4Max2018 for Leaderboards, updates and random gifs and images related to the unfolding tournament action.  I’ll also email Leaderboards and a summary of each day’s action at the end of each round.  

Finally, as most of you know, I named this pool after my 10 year old son Max, who was diagnosed Type 1 at age 3.  I know there are many in this pool who are affected by T1D, and I salute you, particularly those who battle this lifelong disease every single day.  Like my son Max, you are my heroes. 

Enough.  It’s time to pay your entry and make your picks.  It’s time for…The Masters.