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Shell Houston Open Announces Over $110K Raised by 2015 Birdies for Charity Program

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 07:11 Monday, 11 May 2015 07:05

altHUMBLE, Texas — Pat and Joe Toman, representing SIRE, won the Shell Houston Open Birdies for Charity Grand Prize when the key they chose started the 2015 Honda Fix LX automobile. Richard Valdez, representing Communities in Schools of Brazoria County, was the other finalist.

Both finalists had correctly guessed that 1,843 birdies would be made this spring at Houston’s PGA TOUR event.



Rio StreetGolf Program Launches in Rio de Janeiro

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 06:51 Monday, 11 May 2015 06:45

Rio StreetGolfA new golf programme designed to make golf more accessible in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil launched this week at Rio’s Maracanã Stadium.

Supported by The R&A, the Golf Foundation and the Rio Golf Federation, Rio StreetGolf is a schools and communities social legacy project that aims to change perceptions, break down sporting and social barriers, and highlight the key values of golf – honesty, respect and integrity.



Arkansas Golfers Charged with Felony Video Voyeurism

Last Updated on Monday, 11 May 2015 06:44 Monday, 11 May 2015 06:34

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FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas (Kurt Voigt/AP) — Arkansas golfers Taylor Moore and Nicolas Echavarria have been suspended indefinitely from competition following their arrests for allegedly taking sexually explicit photos of an intoxicated woman.

Moore and Echavarria were arrested by Fayetteville police and charged with felony video voyeurism.

According to a preliminary police report, the woman said she went to Moore’s house on April 11 to sleep following a night of drinking. She recalled seeing flashes of light and suspected Moore had taken pictures of her.



K.J. Choi Pledges $100K to Nepal Earthquake Relief

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:21 Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:16

K.J. ChoiPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Doug Milne/PGA TOUR) — While 144 players are poised to create a career-defining memory at the PLAYERS Championship, the lives of thousands of others have been tragically reduced to being only a memory.

On April 25, a massive, 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the heart of Nepal, Italy killing more than 7,000 and injuring twice as many. Hundreds of thousands were rendered homeless in what was most severe disaster to hit the area since 1934.

When K.J. Choi saw the news on television unfold about the catastrophic earthquake which crippled that part of the world, the 2011 PLAYERS Champion’s heart was also ravaged.

At TPC Sawgrass, Choi and The KJ Choi Foundation announced a donation of $100,000 to help those affected by the tragedy.



Operation Shower Teams with THE PLAYERS, Birdies for the Brave in Hosting Baby Shower for 40 Military Moms-to-Be

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:16 Thursday, 07 May 2015 07:08

Operation ShowerPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida — THE PLAYERS Championship continued its long-standing support for military families by joining with Birdies for the Brave to host an Operation Shower group baby shower for 40 local military moms-to-be whose spouses are deployed members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Coast Guard Sector Jacksonville. The event was held on Sunday, May 3, in the Birdies for the Brave Patriots’ Outpost military-exclusive hospitality chalet on THE PLAYERS Stadium Course at TPC Sawgrass.



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