Birdies for Charity
Helping the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation to underwrite the Junior Golf Association and Junior Golf TOUR
The Travelers Championship will once again welcome the world’s best golfers to Connecticut in early August. Hosted at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., the tournament is the largest professional sporting event in Connecticut and it provides a unique opportunity to the region that no other professional sporting event can offer. The Travelers Championship and the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation are proud to make a significant impact on our community, by contributing 100% of net proceeds to helped support organizations and programs like The First Tee of Connecticut, Special Olympics of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Channel 3 Kids Camp, Mt. Sinai Hospital Golfer in Motion, and the Connecticut Section PGA Junior Golf Association and TOUR. Without the financial support of the Foundation each year, the Junior Golf Association and TOUR would not be possible.
ENTER YOUR PLEDGES/DONATIONS
How to Earn a Spot to Experience the PGA TOUR Players' life?
To qualify for participation within the Travelers Championship Pro-Junior experience, junior golfers will be required to participate in the Birdies For Charity program as a means of qualifying as a participant. The junior golfers who collect the greatest amount of pledges will earn a spot within the field to meet, learn and experience the PGA TOUR Professional's life.
How Many Spots are Available?
As part of this partnership, 24 of our Junior Golf Association members will be awarded spots in the Travelers Championship PGA TOUR Pro-Junior experience at TPC River Highlands. Maybe you will be one of them. The first 24 junior golfers who raise $500 in Birdies for Charity Pledges/Donations will be guaranteed participation in the experience.
How Does Birdies For Charity Work?
1. A Birdie is a score of one stroke better than Par for any golf hole. Par is the normal expected score for golf professional on any given hole. PGA TOUR Professionals are anticipated to make an average 1,500-2,000 birdies, Thurs-Sunday of the Travelers Championship
2. Pledges can be as low as one Penny! If a donor pledges just 1-cent and 1,500 birdies are made, the donor will contribute $15 to the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation
3. At the conclusion of the tournament, the Travelers Championship and the Birdies for Charity presenting sponsor, J.H. Cohn LLP will distribute invoices to all donors.
TWO Ways to Collect and Pledge
1. Click Birdies For Charity Website and Submit!(Easiest way to participate) - Send a website link to your donors to fill it out. Please make sure they put your name 'Junior Golfer" on REFERRED BY section.
2. Your donors can print and fill out Birdies Pledge Card and send it in (Make sure they write "Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation" on Charity of Choice field - if you do not write "Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation", you will NOT get a credit.
FLAT RATE DONATION FORM PER PLEDGE DONATION FORM
Travelers Championship Chip in for Charity
PGA Professionals sell discounted Travelers Championship Tickets
The Travelers Championship "Chip in for Charity" is the biggest fundraiser each year for the Conn. Section PGA Assistants' Association. The goal is to continue the growth from last year with this initiative, which is very important to both the Travelers Championship and the Connecticut Section PGA Golf Foundation.
The “Best Practices” are detailed below to help guide you through how to achieve success at your facilities with this initiative with various ideas that have worked in the past; thank you all for your efforts in 2016, good luck!
Travelers Championship Chip in for Charity - Best Practices
How to sell tickets...
An assistant Professional will monitor the contest and explain that proceeds benefit local charities (Connecticut junior golf fund), you (the Assistant Professional) and the Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the raffle prizes for those who entered the contest and hit the green.
Players must pay $20 for an opportunity to enter the contest. Place the tee markers for the hit the green at approximately 150 yards from the hole. The goal is to have a larger number of players hit the green than not hit the green. Any player who enters and hits the green will receive a Travelers Championship ticket that is good for one admission for any tournament round, Thursday- Sunday. In addition everyone who enters the hit the green contest will have their name entered into a raffle for additional prizes. The $20 entry into the hit the green pays for the Travelers tickets that are given to the participants that successfully hit the green. The entry fee from the players who do not hit the green will be used towards purchasing raffle prizes for successful participants.
Example: 60 people enter the contest at $20 per entry. That is $1200. 40 people successfully hit the green. As a result, those 40 people receive a Travelers Championship ticket valued at $20. After giving out $800 worth of Travelers Championship tickets you now have $400 to be used to purchase raffle prizes. All 60 people who entered the hit the green will be entered into the raffle.
Explain that the proceeds benefit local charities (Connecticut junior golf fund), you (the Assistant Professional) and the Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship. In addition, a portion of the proceeds will go towards the raffle prizes for those who entered the contest and hit the green.
Create a board with a 100 squares. Sell squares for $25. Any person who purchases a square will receive a Travelers Championship ticket that is good for one admission for any tournament round, Thursday- Sunday. In addition, that person will be entered into a raffle for additional prizes. $20 dollars of the $25 square will pay for the Travelers Championship ticket that you will hand out. The remaining $5 will be used to purchase raffle prizes.
Example: If you sell 100 squares at $25 per square you will raise $2500. $2000 of that will pay for the 100 Travelers tickets that were sold. The remaining $500 will be used to purchase raffle prizes.
Explain that you are offering 10-minute lessons and that 100% of the revenue produced from the lessons will benefit local charities (Connecticut junior golf fund), you (the Assistant Professional) and the Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship.
In this instance, devoting your time as a teacher will pay for the Travelers Championship tickets. Offer 10 minute lessons for $20. The student will receive a 10 minute lesson and the Travelers Championship ticket that is good for one admission for any tournament round, Thursday- Sunday. The $20 will pay for the ticket you have handed out to your students.
Explain that proceeds benefit local charities (Connecticut junior golf fund), you (the Assistant Professional) and the Connecticut PGA Assistant Championship.
The tune up will take only a few minutes of your time that will include tightening the brakes, checking the tire pressures, and a quick wash. Follow up by putting a thank you note on the speed carts for their donation along with a Travelers Championship ticket. Anyone who pays for the tune up will receive a Travelers Championship ticket that is good for one admission Thursday- Sunday. The $20 will pay for the Travelers ticket.
Run a short game skills contest on a busy weekend. An assistant professional should setup by the putting green and run a contest involving chips, pitch shots, both long and short putts. Make the contest open to everyone. The entry fee is $25. Each participant will receive a ticket to the Travelers Championship that is good for one admission Thursday- Sunday. In addition they will be entered for a chance to win prizes in the skills contest.
$20 of the entry fee will be used to pay for the Travelers Championship tickets and the remaining $5 will be put towards the skills contest prize purse. Prizes could include 30 minute lessons donated by each of the golf professionals, equipment, merchandise, etc.
Example: If you get 40 people to enter, you will have sold 40 Travelers Championship tickets and have $200 for the contest prize purse.
It is simple as it sounds. Sell raffle tickets for $20 each. Take half of the entry and put it towards the raffle cash prize fund and take the other half and put it towards the Travelers Championship tickets. Decide on a deadline to enter the 50/50 raffle and when it comes time to pull the winning raffle ticket, you will not only have cash grand prize to give out but you will also have the Travelers Championship tickets as consolation prizes.
Example: If you sell 20 raffle tickets at $20 then $10 goes to the raffle prize purse and $10 goes towards Chip in for Charity. You now have $200 cash to give to the winner and $200 to go towards Chip in for Charity. $200 will pay for the 10 Travelers Championship tickets that can be raffled off as well as the $200 cash grand prize.