Yesterday, Sunday May 13, THE PLAYERS Championship wrapped up at Sawgrass, Ponte Vedra’s world renowned golf course, with quite a finish.
Martin Kaymer’s dramatic win is still on the minds of golf fans around the world. If you missed it, as the Championship came to a close, it seemed as though Kaymer was going to walk away with a multi-shot victory over Jim Furyk, but as the 18th hole grew closer and closer, the battle turned into a nail biter finish concluding in a one shot lead that gave Kaymer the win as the tournament came to a close.
Although Kaymer’s dramatic finish made news all over the planet, another aspect of the final day of North Florida’s favorite golf tournament made news right here at home.
This year players, fans and TPC volunteers and workers alike all aimed to wear pink in a joint effort, not only to celebrate Mother’s Day, but to raise awareness and funds towards research and treatment for women and men with breast cancer around the North Florida area.
With the final day of golf being on the Sunday of Mother’s day, The Donna Foundation in association with THE PLAYERS Championship started this tradition, that has now become widely known as the “Pink Out.” For three years now the tradition has been a part of the final day of play and has given the Donna Foundation the unique opportunity to work with a world-renowned golf tournament to raise money and awareness for breast cancer specifically in the North Florida area but also on a worldwide level.
For every fan that wore pink to Sawgrass on Sunday, THE PLAYERS donated money to 26.2 with Donna, the funding group that produces world class events to raise funds for ground breaking breast cancer research associated with the Donna Foundation. Last year THE PLAYERS donated $20,000 to the foundation and this years numbers are expected exceed that mark.
THE PLAYERS have tried to make it a point that the surrounding community benefits from the tournament, and this has become just another way to ensure that beneficial relationship, while being part of a campaign that effects millions around the world.
“The prestige of THE PLAYERS is something that is recognized around the world, so to have our name connected to that, knowing that THE PLAYERS would support our charity is a very big deal for us,” said Donna Deegan, a breast cancer survivor and founder of the Donna Foundation.
Not only did the wearing of the all so noticeable hue draw attention, but there was an opportunity to donate with the possibility of winning a one-of-a-kind prize. The Donna Foundation set up a raffle to raise the money giving people who donated the chance of winning a custom pink beach cruiser bike. It was decorated with custom pink jewels, pink wheels, a bell, cup holder, and a license plate hanging from the seat reading “survivor.”
At the end of the day, there was a great turn out for the tradition as hundreds lined the greens at Sawgrass wearing their pink and it looks as though this year has been another successful Players Championship for everyone involved from fans to foundations.