Daytona Beach, Fla., May 27, 2011 - When LPGA legend Marilynn Smith, Founding Member of the LPGA in 1950 and Hall of Famer, met Vivian Bucknam, she couldn't imagine the profound impact that Bucknam would have on her life and the game of golf. Bucknam recently passed away at the age of 92 leaving behind $200,000 to go to the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund.
"We couldn't imagine a better time than Memorial Day Weekend to recognize Vivian Bucknam and her generous donation," said Carol Corcoran, LPGA Foundation President. "Vivian clearly was inspired by Marilynn Smith, who is an incredible role model for all of us. Her commitment to the game continues to be an inspiration."
An avid golf fan, Bucknam frequently traveled to several LPGA tournaments to catch a first-hand glimpse of Smith and Sandra Post. It wasn't until one morning while having breakfast at the host hotel of an LPGA tournament that she would form a lifelong friendship with Smith.
"She was always supportive of me and making money for the golf scholarship fund," said Smith of Bucknam. "She wanted to make sure that girls were able to go to college."
Known on tour as Ms. Personality, Smith's engaging and charismatic personality has allowed her to continue impacting the game of golf through her scholarship and the Marilynn Smith LPGA Charity Golf Classic. The $200,000 given to the Marilynn Smith Scholarship Fund will allow a significant increase in the amount of scholarships and money awarded to high school seniors who will be playing golf at the collegiate level.
This year, Smith will put Bucknam's money to good use by doubling the amount from previous years to award 10 scholarships in the amount of $10,000 each. This will allow more high school seniors the opportunity to get a college education while playing golf at the collegiate level.
Last year, the five recipients of the $5,000 scholarships were Emily Frosaker (Concordia College), Chelsea Hardsall (Millikin University), Michelle Hartenstein (Wake Forest University), Mallory Kirkland (Maryville College) and Georgiana Salant (Williams College).
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