GREENVILLE, S.C. -- For the third time, the Furman women's golf team will participate in Birdies for Water to benefit Golf Fore Africa at the team's upcoming home tournament, the Lady Paladin Invitational, which will be held Sept. 22-24, at the Furman University Golf Club.
Golf Fore Africa is a 501 (c)(3) founded in 2006 by Furman golf alumna and LPGA Hall of Famer Betsy King. To date GFA has raised over 2.5 million dollars to fund projects in Rwanda, Lesotho, Kenya, Mali, Niger, and Zambia. Currently Golf Fore Africa is raising two million dollars to bring clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to over 100 villages in rural Zambia.
Each team at the tournament has been invited to raise money by securing flat donations prior to the tournament, with a goal of raising $15,000. In 2015, teams at the Lady Paladin Invitational raised almost $30,000, with the Furman team raising over $10,000, eclipsing the tournament goal of $15,000, the amount needed to bring clean water, improved sanitation, and hygiene education to one village.
"Golf Fore Africa is a wonderful charity that brings fresh water to parts of Africa that do not have any," said Furman head coach Jeff Hull. "We have been able to raise enough money in the past to build two wells, and to see the dedication of those is inspiring. Betsy King has done a great job with this foundation, and we owe her our support."
"Water plays an important part in the conditioning of a golf course, but for a community, clean water is essential for life," said King. "I want to share this message because these young ladies are the leaders of tomorrow and each one has the ability to make a positive difference in their respective communities and in the world."
To sponsor the Furman women's golf team in this endeavor, go to https://4agc.com/fundraiser_pages/f11aee2d-5061-475b-8cc7-73c5c82827a2#.WbAaPtOGPBJ or e-mail Furman assistant coach Laura DeMarco at Laura.DeMarco@Furman.edu.
Julie Paré, Furman Sports Information