Paramus PGA Tour event generated nearly $2 million for charity, big impact off the course

Two-and-a-half months ago, the PGA Tour brought the best golfers in the world to Paramus for The Northern Trust at Ridgewood Country Club. But, the impact of the tournament will be felt in North Jersey for much longer than that. The PGA Tour announced that this year’s tournament generated $1.86 million for local charities, including $150,000 for Tackle Kids Cancer. Dylan Catanase, 17 of Saddle Brook, has seen first-hand how much of an impact the charity side of the tournament has — both during the tournament week and beyond. Catanese is a big golf fan and had worked at Ridgewood as a caddy and on the grounds crew over the last two years. But in May, his life changed when he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and began treatment at the Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Catanese had to stop working at Ridgewood and thought he would miss out completely on the tournament. But through Tackle Kids Cancer, the official charity of the tournament, Catanese was able to have an experience at Ridgewood that he never could have imagined. During the final two rounds of the tournament, Cantanese and several other patients served as flag bearers on the 15th green. The had the chance meet and interact with the pros. (This event was also featured on Fios 1 News.)