TATE & LYLE PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIP PAYS TRIBUTE TO SONG, REMEMBERS ACT OF CHARITY
DAYTONA BEACH, FLORIDA, March 22, 2012- The Tate & Lyle Championship today announced the launch of a new award beginning 2012 that will honor the remarkable acts of charity of a former Symetra Tour player. The Jennifer Song Spirit Award Presented by Investment Planners, Inc. will be presented to a Macon County resident who exhibits enthusiasm, integrity and perseverance beyond the ordinary to help children in the community develop their dreams through selfless giving – be it talent, money or time.
Song won the 2010 Tate & Lyle Players Championship and stunned the crowd at the awards ceremony when she announced that she would donate a third of her winning purse to the community in which she competed in and had no prior affiliation with. Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Club and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf organization each received nearly $5000.
In 2012, the recipient of the Jennifer Song Spirit Award will be recognized at a reception on May 10th. Additionally they will be recognized on a plaque at Hickory Point Golf Club and donations of $500 will be made to the Decatur Boys & Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters and the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf organization.
“It’s a great honor and I’m grateful that this award was named after me,” said Song. “I feel that it will be very prestigious for the person who will receive this award because it means you have done a lot to help those around you and support them while giving them great happiness.”
Song did not waste any time in her professional career giving back to the community. She won the event in 2010 in her first tournament as a pro and can be praised for her selfless acts of charity. “It was very special. I got very teary-eyed when I said I was going to donate one-third of my winnings because that was my dream to help people reach their own dreams.”
Song has been invited back to the Decatur community to present the inaugural award at a reception on May 10th held at the Boys & Girls Club. She now competes on the LPGA Tour and continues to donate a portion of her earnings each week.