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From the Fringe: Mickelson, Lewis in Campaign to Highlight Women Executives

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:37 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:29

Phil MickelsonCanadian Press

(Doug Ferguson/AP) Stacy Lewis hit one of the most significant drives of her career, and it really didn’t matter where it landed.

It’s what it shattered.

Lewis and Phil Mickelson, who have endorsement deals with the accounting firm KPMG, are taking part in a media campaign aimed at the advancement and empowerment of female executives. The campaign began Tuesday and will run through the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship in June, which will feature a women’s leadership conference with executives from business, sports, entertainment and politics.

“I like the fact Phil was willing to be involved. That’s the coolest part,” Lewis said.

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MD Anderson Forges New Relationship with the PGA TOUR

Last Updated on Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:24 Tuesday, 31 March 2015 08:15

MD Anderson Cancer CenterHOUSTON, Texas (PGA TOUR) — The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, through a newly announced relationship with the PGA TOUR, is expanding its efforts to reduce cancer risk among the golf community and the general public through educational efforts. As the Official Cancer Center of the PGA TOUR, MD Anderson will initially focus on sun safety and sharing cancer prevention messages through TV, online and print media, as well as on-site activations at several tournaments this year. Over the next three years, this relationship will reach millions of people, and public messaging will expand to include education on cancers caused by smoking and tobacco use.

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From the Fringe: The Player Foundation to Receive Winnie Palmer Award

Last Updated on Monday, 30 March 2015 07:16 Monday, 30 March 2015 07:10

The Player FoundationTARRYTOWN, New York (Metropolitan Golf Writers Association) — The Player Foundation and World Golf Hall of Famer Gary Player will receive the Winnie Palmer Award from the Metropolitan Golf Writers Association at the 64th National Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 9, at the Westchester Marriott in Tarrytown, New York.

Established by Marc Player in 1983, The Player Foundation has provided quality education, nutrition, medical care and extra-curricular activities for underprivileged children around the globe. Today, through the Gary Player Invitational charity series in the U.S., Asia, Europe and South Africa, the foundation has raised more than $60 million for these important causes. This year’s global series will be played at the Wentworth Club near London, GlenArbor Golf Club outside New York, Shanghai Links Golf and Country Club in China, The Lost City Golf Course in Sun City and Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi.

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From the Fringe: Janzen, Mediate Volunteer at Biloxi Habitat Home

Last Updated on Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:07 Sunday, 29 March 2015 19:00

altBILOXI, Mississippi (Mary Sergeant/PGA TOUR Charities) — Prior to the start of the 2015 Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic presented by C Spire, Champions Tour professionals Lee Janzen and Rocco Mediate got out bright and early to work with Habitat for Humanity of the Mississippi Gulf Coast in its construction of a house that will one day become the home of a Biloxi family.

The two were all smiles as they painted the interior of what will become the living room for the future homeowners.

“I could paint here all day,” Mediate said.“But then I would be too sore to play tomorrow.”

This was the first time that either of the men had ever worked with Habitat for Humanity.

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Valero Texas Open Teams with Callaway Golf, Birdies for the Brave to Honor Two Local Wounded Heroes

Last Updated on Friday, 27 March 2015 05:45 Friday, 27 March 2015 05:06

altSAN ANTONIO, Texas — Two combat-wounded veterans were shown some greatly-deserved appreciation during the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio, when they had the opportunity to participate in Birdies for the Brave’s Callaway Warrior Club Fitting Program. One of more than 15 fittings scheduled to take place during TOUR tournaments in 2015 thanks to the generosity of Callaway Golf, the event provided the opportunity for these two American heroes to be fitted with their own custom set of Callaway Golf clubs, take a tour of the Callaway truck where clubs are fitted for TOUR players on-site, and participate in a mini lesson on the practice facility.

The experience proved to be extremely memorable for both participants – helping them escape from the memories of war and focus on the task at hand, according to Josh Stein, a double amputee and Purple Heart recipient from Spring Brach, TX.

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