Thursday, August 21, 2008

Birdies for Kids Raises Record Amounts

birdies for kids 2008
(Click to enlarge / Photo courtesy NTPGA)


The fifth annual Birdies for Kids fundraiser took place at Brook Hollow Country Club in Dallas on Monday, Aug. 18. This is the golf marathon in which club professionals in the DFW area who hail from Australia get pledges from area businesses and individuals, then head to the course and play golf all ... day ... long.

This year, the seven Aussies were again joined by hockey legend Brett Hull. The eight golfers played 126 holes each, recording 213 birdies and raising a record amount of money for children's charities in the DFW area.

Here is the news release from the NTPGA on the outing:

DALLAS, Texas – Seven Australians who all work in the golf industry in the north Texas area conducted the 5th Annual Birdies for Kids Fundraiser on Monday, August 18 at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas. The fundraiser consisted of playing 126 holes with the goal to make as many birdies and eagles as possible.

The group was again joined by Brett Hull this year. Hull, the Co-General Manager of the Dallas Stars, has played in the fundraiser for three consecutive years. Hull was asked to play in 2006 as the seven Aussies needed one more player to round out four twosomes for the day.

In addition to Hull, the Aussies who participated were: Stuart Deane, PGA Member from Arlington; Nick Griffin, an assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Travis Johns, an assistant professional at Preston Trail Golf Club in Dallas; Jeremy Langdale, an assistant professional at Green Tree Country Club in Midland; Dean Larsson, an assistant professional at Bent Tree Country Club in Dallas; Cameron McCormick, the director of instruction at Brook Hollow Golf Club in Dallas and Mark Harrison, the director of operations with the Northern Texas PGA.

Hull, an honorary Aussie for the day and the seven Texans by way of Australia were able to manage 213 birdies and six eagles throughout the day despite the wet conditions. This smashed the group’s previous best effort of 178 birdies and one eagle that they made in 108 holes last year.

"Through four rounds this year we had 112 birdies and six eagles. Even though it was raining, as a group it just felt like we were playing better this year than in the past," said Nick Griffin. The Aussies saved their best for the final 54 holes, when as a group they made 113 birdies, an average of almost five birdies per player, per round.

The fundraiser raised $204,237 during the day, beating the previous best mark of $194,199 that was raised last year. In just five years the fundraiser has generated $594,837.47 for various children’s charities. The Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation’s Golf-In-Schools Program and Children’s Medical Center will share the funds this year.

The Aussies asked members of the Northern Texas PGA Junior Golf Foundation to become "honorary Aussies" for the summer to help raise money for kids. 30 kids participated by asking for support from friends, neighbors and relatives in an effort to raise money for the fundraiser. The kids raised $23,515 for the respective charities this year.

Johnny Antle, a senior at Graham High School in Graham, Texas was the leading fundraiser among the kids for the second consecutive year. Johnny raised $8,700.00. For his efforts he will receive a complete set of Titleist golf clubs as well as two round trip tickets to Australia on Qantas.

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