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RSM’s Birdies Fore Love Charity Competition
RSM teams up with the PGA TOUR with an on-course competition for charity
Expect to see more birdies made on the golf course and more charities helped across the nation. RSM’s Birdies Fore Love Charity Competition brings PGA TOUR players into our charitable giving efforts while adding some competitive fun.
The on-course competition is an expansion of RSM’s Birdies Fore Love program and a contest to see which PGA TOUR players can accumulate the most birdies (or better). The inaugural year of the competition took place during the first eight tournaments of the 2018-19 PGA TOUR season with RSM awarding the top three players who accumulated the most birdies (or better) overall with donations of $300,000, $150,000 and $50,000, respectively, to the charities of their choice.
This year the competition will expand over two more tournaments and include weekly winners bringing the winning charity donation total to $1 million. Starting with the first 10 tournaments of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR season, RSM will award a $50,000 donation to a weekly winner’s chosen charity. Additionally, at the conclusion of the last tournament of the competition, The RSM Classic, RSM will again award the top three overall winners with donations in the same amounts as 2018.
Aside from the added excitement and fun the competition brings, the resulting impact to communities across the country from the winning charitable donations makes RSM’s Birdies Fore Love Charity Competition a meaningful event. When choosing their charity, we encourage the winning players to designate the funds to organizations dedicated to building tomorrow’s middle market leaders through programs that support education, as well as committed to improving the lives of youth through a focus on hunger, housing and health.
Charities that benefitted in 2018
First place: Cameron Champ finished in first place and chose to donate the $300,000 winnings to The Cameron Champ Foundation in support of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and youth golf.
Second place: After growing up in the Los Angeles area and seeing the devastation caused by the wildfires in fall 2018, J.J. Spaun, who finished second, chose to make his $150,000 donation to United Way of Greater Los Angeles. He shares his thoughts on the Birdies Fore Love competition here.
Third place: Joel Dahmen finished in third place and chose to donate the $50,000 prize to the Send It Foundation, which provides outdoor adventures and a sense of community for young adults fighting cancer.
We got a head start on the weekly winners planned for 2019 by awarding $50,000 to Patrick Rodgers, who recorded the most birdies (or better) at the 2018 RSM Classic. Rodgers chose to donate $40,000 to the Indianapolis Junior Golf Foundation, the group that helped him get his start in golf, and $10,000 to Hilarity for Charity. To learn more about Rodgers' thoughts on the competition, watch this video.