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LPGA players give back to First Tee kids

INDIANAPOLIS — The LPGA Tour’s stop in Indianapolis for the Indy Women In Tech Championship gave four players  a chance to do something special to give back to some special children before they played their first hole at the Brickyard Crossing Golf Course.

LPGA players Danah Bodner (of Indianapolis), Lauren Coughlin, Erynne Lee and Sophia Schubert were at  the Pete and Alice Dye Golf Experience –which is located at the world’s largest children’s museum , The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

The players each had a team with four First Tee — a youth development program that introduces young people to golf — kids for a scramble-format competition.

Kimberly Harms Robinson, director of media public relations for the museum, noted that many of the youngsters were surprised to learn how young the LPGA players were when they started playing golf.

“Bordner grew up as the daughter and sister of golf pros and married one. Coughlin began playing at the age of 7, Lee was 10 years old and Schubert was only four yearsold. All of the women were very supportive of the First Tee program, whose mission is to grow the game of golf by transforming the experience that kids  have with the sport,” Robinson wrote in a news release about the event. There are nine core values including honesty, integrity, sportsmanship, respect, confidence, responsibility, perseverance, courtesy and judgment. Families visiting The Children’s Museum also learn those same values while playing the sport.”

I didn’t know the putting course at The Children’s Museum was designed by Pete and Alice Dye and is considered a legacy course for families to enjoy during a visit to the museum. Dye also designed the Brickyard Crossings Course, which has four holes inside Indianapolis Motor Speedway. It was unique to walk a golf course inside the speedway that hosts the Indianapolis 500 — or even ride on the actual track during shuttle rides from the media center to the golf course.

The miniature golf course at the museum has holes picked by the Dyes from one of their signature courses around the world.

But what impressed me is that four players would take time to do this the day before playing in a tour event  and have so much fun doing it.

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