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Eagles for a great cause

May 9 2014, Neal Reid

So much has been happening on the LPGA Tour this year that certain awesome programs and promotions may have been lost in the shuffle.

This past weekend, LPGA players made seven eagles at Las Colinas Country Club during the final two rounds of the North Texas LPGA Shootout Presented by JTBC. That’s an impressive number and the eagles were big boosts for the players, but they were even more special to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Tour is participating in a season-long charity program tied to the Race to the CME Globe called “Wounded Warrior Project Weekends.” Through the program, CME Group donates $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project for each eagle made on Saturdays and Sundays on the LPGA Tour.

The amount will grow to $5,000 per eagle during the weekend of the CME Group Tour Championship, Nov. 20-23, in Naples, Fla. A formal check will be presented to the Wounded Warrior Project during the tournament’s trophy ceremony on the final day of the season.

Players added $7,000 to the running total over the weekend in Texas, bringing the 2014 balance to $103,000. LPGA stars receive a Wounded Warrior Program pin flag to commemorate their special eagle, an honor players relish.

“Feels amazing to have contributed,” Michelle Wie said via Twitter on Monday after eagling the par-5 10th hole in the third and fourth rounds to contribute $2,000.

Lydia Ko was thrilled to contribute in March as well.

Dan Nevins of the Wounded Warrior Project helped kick off the program at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic in January. Karine Icher’s hole-in-one was the first of 15 eagles players made in the final two rounds in the Bahamas to get the donations rolling.

“It’s awesome to know that a player doing their best is giving back to someone they care about,” Nevins told Kelly Thesier of the LPGA Communications Department. “That money goes to help honor and empower a generation of wounded warriors and their families. This money goes a long way to help foster the most successful and well-adjusted generation of wounded warriors in our nation’s history.”

Not only do their eagles help players climb up the leaderboard, but they also help those in need improve their quality of life. With an average of $10,000 raised per tournament, big things could be in store for the project in 2014.

Topics: Race to the CME Globe

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