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Pelican Women’s Championship Donates $47,900 to ‘Birdies for Babies’ Charitable Program from 2022 LPGA Tour Event
958 Birdies Made at the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship, With $50 for Every Birdie Made Nov. 11-13 Going Towards the AngelEye Health System at BayCare’s Mease Countryside Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital
Since 2020, the Pelican Women’s Championship Has Donated More Than $160,000 to BayCare’s Birdies for Babies Charitable Program
BELLEAIR, Fla., Jan. 30, 2023 – The Pelican Women’s Championship donated $47,900 from the 2022 edition of the championship to help families in need as part of its “Birdies for Babies” charitable program in partnership with BayCare Health System. Tampa Bay’s annual LPGA Tour event, the Pelican Women’s Championship took place Nov. 11-13 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla., where Nelly Korda captured her second consecutive title at 14-under par, elevating her to then World No. 1.
To give back to the local community, The Pelican Women’s Championship pledged to donate $50 for every birdie scored during all four rounds of the championship – which was reduced to three due to Hurricane Nicole – to BayCare’s Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation. The 120-player field carded a total of 958 birdies during the three days of competition.
These donations will help fund the AngelEye Health System for families of infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) at Mease Countryside Hospital and Morton Plant Hospital.
During the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship, LPGA professionals Ryann O’Toole and Lauren Stephenson visited the NICU and Operating Room (OR) at the Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. The players spoke with attending doctors and nurses in both the OR and NICU, learning about the different programs offered at BayCare and where the funds from the ‘Birdies for Babies’ program will go towards.
The Birdies for Babies charitable program launched with the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship in 2020 and now has donated more than $160,000 to families in need from the tournament’s first three years. In 2020, the 108-player field carded 932 total birdies for a $46,600 donation; and in 2021, 1,369 birdies were recorded from the 120-player field, for a $68,450 charitable donation.
BayCare is a founding partner of the Pelican Women’s Championship and the tournament’s Official and Exclusive Health Care System. BayCare also supports the tournament’s volunteer program that recruits and deploys hundreds of individuals to assist in managing the event. BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that provides a wide range of services at 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations for patients and their families throughout Tampa Bay and the Central Florida regions.
Starting in 2023, the Pelican Women’s Championship will be renamed THE ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican and will feature a $3.25 million purse – the largest on the LPGA Tour outside of the major championships and the CME Group Tour Championship. A new multi-year partnership with World Golf and LPGA Hall-of-Fame member Annika Sorenstam and LPGA Tour partners Gainbridge and Pelican Golf Club, THE ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican will take place Nov. 6-12, 2023.
For more information on the 2022 Pelican Women’s Championship and the 2023 THE ANNIKA driven by Gainbridge at Pelican, visit www.TheAnnika.com and on social media: @theANNIKALPGA on Twitter, @theannikalpga on Instagram and The Annika driven by Gainbridge at Pelican on Facebook.
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