7th Annual Justin Turner Golf Classic: Commitment To ‘Serving, Helping And Giving Back’

Justin and Kourtney Turner hosted the seventh annual Justin Turner Golf Classic, which was another sold-out event for their foundation at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks.

The Turners were supported by Max Muncy, Evan Phillips, Chris Taylor, plus more current and former Los Angeles Dodgers players, SportsNet LA analyst Jerry Hairston Jr., Corey Seager, Nick Punto and Andrew Whitworth, among others.

“It’s gotten bigger and better every year, and it is kind of a last event right before the season starts and we head out to Spring Training. Teammates, former teammates coming out is overwhelming,” Turner said.

“I even had a couple guys here at 7:30 putting together signs and helping set up. We couldn’t do it without everyone who constantly shows up for us. We ask a lot, and everyone delivers. That gives us the opportunity to impact a lot of lives. We’re very grateful for all the support.”

While the golf tournament is a signature event for the Justin Turner Foundation, its calling card is endless work in the community. That’s played a part in Turner remaining an endearing figure for Dodgers fans even after signing with the Boston Red Sox.

“It’s been special,” Turner said of his connection with the Los Angeles community. “And really, it’s almost an addiction to serving, helping and giving back as much as we can. We feel so fortunate so blessed to be in the position that we are in, and we feel like it’s a responsibility to utilize our platform that we’ve built over the years to be able to put together events like this to be able to raise money and give back to a lot of people in need.

“Obviously, the pandemic was tough, and there’s a lot of people still hurting and trying to recover, so it’s days like these that help people get back on their feet.”

Kourtney added: “I think it’s good for everyone to come out and have fun, but I think at the core, remembering why we’re here is important. It’s such a good group and everyone is here for such a good cause. Seeing everything in motion, and we had our J.T. Day a couple weeks ago, and seeing the lives firsthand and having people be able to see the food bank and veterans home, to be able to see their impact in person means a lot.”

Some of the fun at Sherwood was provided by Ryan Pepiot sinking the first ever hole-in-one in the history of the Justin Turner Golf Classic. Pepiot was mobbed by Turner, Hairston, Joe Kelly and more who witnessed the impressive feat.

Justin Turner hears support from Dodgers fans

Just over two weeks ago was a Justin Turner Day celebration at the Los Angeles Dream Center, where the Southern California native was greeted by droves of adoring fans.

That’s been a regular occurrence since his signing with the Red Sox, with many expressing their surprise the Dodgers did not keep the fan favorite.

“I get reminded of it almost every day, running into people and talking to people. Again, it’s a reminder that it’s a business, it’s a reminder that you don’t always get what you want, and it’s a reminder that the last nine years wearing a Dodger uniform were spectacular,” Turner said.

“I couldn’t be more proud of everything we accomplished. I couldn’t be more proud of bringing a championship back to L.A. I’m looking forward to this new chapter of putting on a Red Sox uniform. It should be a lot of fun.”

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