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Fore!Kids Foundation, Zurich Classic distributes $2.3 million to charities

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NEW ORLEANS – Following the cancellation of the 2020 event, golf fans and sponsors have returned to the Zurich Classic in 2021. Foundation CEO and Tournament Director Steve Worthy said the event generated $2.3 million, which was distributed to local and regional children’s charities.

“We are fortunate to have such a supportive title sponsor and partner within Zurich Insurance Group, and we are very pleased that enthusiastic fans have come to see the world’s greatest golfers play in our team format,” said said Worthy. “Thanks to the dedication and commitment of our members and volunteers, we were proud to be able to run a safe and efficient event and to set a new record for donations to our charities.”

Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith beat South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel in the playoffs for the 2021 title. It was Smith’s second team title at the Zurich Classic, which he also won in the playoffs in 2017, the first year of the team format.

This week, Smith won the Sentry Tournament of Champions, setting a PGA Tour record for the lowest score under par at -34.

“We were delighted to have so many new attendees to the event and were very pleased with their positive feedback. Many fans took advantage of our new Best of the Zurich Classic pass, which combined our former Fidelity Bank Champions venues Club and Acme Oyster House featuring the best restaurants in town, with Oases on the route that offered passholders multiple places to visit along the route on one ticket,” Worthy said.

Due to its popularity, the Best of the Zurich Classic pass will return in 2022, along with extended suite options on the 17th and 18th holes. A new Walk-On’s Stadium Club venue will also be introduced.

This year, the Fore!Kids Foundation made major contributions to nine charities:

  • New Orleans Children’s Hospital
  • St. Michael’s Special School
  • New Orleans Educare
  • Greater New Orleans first tee
  • East Baton Rouge Parish First Tee
  • Bayou District Foundation
  • Louisiana Hospitality Foundation
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of the Louisiana Metro Area

“We are grateful to have Fore!Kids Foundation as a partner of our Metro Louisiana Clubs,” said Angel Nelson, Acting CEO of Metro Louisiana Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs. “Together, through this partnership, we will continue to focus on our vision of serving more young people while creating an optimal club experience where all club members reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.

Additionally, the Fore!Kids Foundation has distributed grants to a number of community organizations that have applied through the Foundation’s application process. They included:

  • 50 legs in 50 days
  • 826 New Orleans
  • A and A
  • New Orleans Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Boys Town Louisiana
  • Brave Heart – Children in Need
  • Breakthrough in New Orleans
  • Caps for children
  • CASA Jefferson
  • CASA New Orleans
  • Catholic Charities – Cornerstone Kids
  • Children’s Advocacy Center – Hope House
  • New Orleans Children’s Bureau
  • St. Tammany Children’s Museum
  • Communities in South Gulf Schools
  • Covenant House New Orleans
  • Excite all the stars
  • FIRST Louisiana Mississippi
  • Women’s Foundation
  • Friends helping children
  • Golden Meadow Lions Club
  • Good Shepard School
  • james samaritan
  • Jewish Children’s Regional Service
  • JoJo’s Hope
  • Louisiana Lighthouse
  • Living Oak Camp
  • Louisiana Lung Disease Camp – Camp Pelican
  • Louisiana Restaurant Association Educational Foundation
  • Make music Nola
  • McMain Children’s Development Center
  • Southeast Louisiana Muscular Dystrophy Association
  • New Orleans Speech and Hearing Center
  • Plaquemines Community Care Centers Foundation
  • PlayBuild Nola
  • Prescription Joy
  • Raintree Child and Family Services
  • Raphael Academy
  • Son of a saint
  • Special Olympics Louisiana
  • St. Lillian Academy
  • St. Mary’s Residential Training School
  • Sainte-Therese Academy
  • STAIRS
  • StemNOLA
  • children of the sun
  • The bright school for the deaf
  • The Chartwell Center
  • Emerge School Center
  • The roots of music
  • Volunteers of America Greater New Orleans
  • WRBH
  • YMCA of Greater New Orleans
  • Youth Empowerment Project
  • St. Tammany Youth Services Bureau

The Zurich Classic is the only team tournament of the PGA TOUR season. Since launching the team format in 2017, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans has attracted some of the highest placings of any regular season tournament on the PGA TOUR.

Since 1958, the Fore!Kids Foundation has raised money to fund children’s service organizations through golf events like the Zurich Classic in New Orleans, the Fore!Kids Auction and several golf tournaments charities. More information at www.forekidsfoundation.com.