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LPGA Pros Compete Against Breast Cancer

lpga fights breast cancerMany families all over the world, regardless of social and economic status, have been affected by cancer in one way or the other. Various organizations have taken action to help fight this dreadful disease. Many companies donate a fraction of their sales to support cancer research programs. Sport groups conduct fund raising games to help provide assistance to patients and families.

The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) is one of which that supports the fight against breast cancer and the official voice of the women’s professional golf industry. LPGA supports breast cancer cause through its collaboration with the world’s largest non-profit provider of breast cancer research funds, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

Several golf professionals from the LPGA league have also taken serious actions to support the same cause. One is Val Skinner, a golf veteran being an LPGA winner for six times. She established the Val Skinner Foundation and the LPGA Pros in the Fight to Eradicate Breast Cancer or LIFE Event which was established in 2000. The organization has accumulated almost $8 million, all for the different activities related to breast cancer including research, awareness and prevention programs. This year’s LIFE Event was said to be the biggest one-day golf fundraising event for the cause of breast cancer.

The 16-year LPGA member and golf veteran Cristie Kerr recently organized the Birdies for Breast Cancer Celebrity Golf Classic. The event, which is currently on its eighth year, was held at the Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City.
Some of the active LPGA participants are Juli Inkster, Morgan Pressel, Natalie Gulbis and Cindy LaCrosetto.

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More about Ernie Els


Ernie Els is known as a golfer with numerous achievements. Taking a deeper look at who he personally is, we will find him to be a well-rounded man far more than being a major champion.

Born and grew up South Africa, Ernie started playing golf at the age of 8. This former world number 1 has, so far, 69 worldwide wins. Among his four biggest championship wins were two US Opens in 1994 and 1997; and, two Open Championships in 2002 and 2012. He is one of the few golfers who have won twice in the each of the two major tours. He also topped the European Tour Order of Merit money list twice and winning the World Match Play Championship seven times.

Els started his Ernie Els and Fancourt Foundation in 1999 which aims to help deprived children. Since his son, Ben, was diagnosed with autism, he and his wife were actively devoted for such cause launching annual charity golf events to support a non-profit charter school and other projects for autistic children.

“Coming out publicly quite a few years now ago with Ben and the autism, it took a lot of work to get the foundation set up, the right people, and our mission statement. And we’re clear on that. People know where we’re going with that. Even the foundation itself knows where we’re going with that; we’ve got a clear goal,” Els stated.

“And with my golf life, also. The two are running parallel, but yet separate. And it’s a lot simpler than it has been. It took quite a bit of time to set it up. And I think emotionally or mentally I’m also in a better place than I have been in the last couple of years with the whole situation,” he shared.

Els is happier now in winning more and more events because this is what makes Ben happy. “I made a lot of putts today with Ben in mind today, because I know Ben’s watching. He loves when I hit golf balls. He’s always there. He comes with me. He loves the flight of the ball and the sound. I know he was watching today. I wanted to keep him excited today, so I made a lot of putts for him today,” said Els.

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