As we wait for the Sunday round to unfold at The Walmart NW Arkansas Championship Presented by P&G at the Pinacle Country Club, let’s take a closer look at the real winners in LPGA Tour. The LPGA Tour is about more than great golf. Those of us who follow professional women’s golf know the names and faces of great and not-so-great women golfers. Fewer of us know about the less visible winners in the women’s pro golf world. Let’s take a look at them
Before the start of the NW Arkansas Championship, the 2-day Pro-Am event raised money for The First Tee of NW Arkansas, The Boys & Girls Club of Benton and Washington Counties, and the Goodwill Industries POWER program that provides assistance to low-wealth women who are seeking employment.
In an ongoing partnership with the local United Way, the Wegmans LPGA Championship annually donates more than $400,000 to Graduation is the Goal. That program aims to improve high school graduation rates.
LPGA Tour events support a vast array of charities, ranging from breast cancer to hunger relief to local special Olympics programs. The Tour players voted to fund the LPGA Foundation Girls Golf program through the Tour’s Pro-Am events. As a result, Girls Golf has been able to establish 40 new sites and extend the opportunity to participate in the game of golf to 1500 additional girls over the past year.
The LPGA Founders Cup tournament is unique in that the tournament receipts and all prize monies are donated to charitable causes and organizations. The winners? The Girls Golf program, Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, Japan Relief Charity, and The First Tee of St. Petersburg.
Partnerships large and small uplift and transform the communities where the LPGA Tour holds events and some of those partnership employ very creative approaches to the giving back impulse. In its collaboration with the San Antonio Food Bank, the Symetra Classic required a canned food donation as the price of admission in 2011. When we support the LPGA Tour, we become partners with an organization that has, over the past 60 years, given more than $200 million to local communities and charities. The LPGA is about more than great golf!