Thursday

Miracle Birdies - Jim Furyk's Awesome New Initiative

No sport gives more to charity than the golf does.

It's a game that's giving back on all levels too, from the professional tours and individual touring pros to local tournaments and the avid... or occasional... golfers who play in them.

Just about every golf manufacturer I know... and I know a lot of them... is supporting one or more causes as well, and doing so with exceptional commitment despite the less than stellar economic environment that's persisted for the past couple of years. 

The recent LPGA Founders Cup, where 100% of the entire $1 million purse went to charity and the top-10 finishers were able to designate the recipient foundation or organization for their part of the winnings,  illustrated the wide variety different causes... all of them worthy - some of them little known... supported by golf.  MORE ---->

A new initiative undertaken by Jim Furyk, 2010 FedEx Cup champion, and 2010 PGA Tour Player of the Year, was brought to my attention recently by Bob Brancato, the editorial force behind the engaging independent blog,  Average Golfer.

Furyk has partnered with Children's Miracle Network, a nonprofit that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America.  The Miracle Birdies campaign allows fans to pledge the amount of their choice... as little as $0.10 ... for each birdie Furyk makes during PGA Tour sanctioned events.  Those who pledge will also be able to select the the specific Children’s Miracle Network Hospital that they'd like the their pledge to go to.  It all begins tomorrow with with the Verizon Heritage Classic. 

Enroll any time at the Miracle Birdies Site.

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