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Spring Season Set to Start for Duke Golf; Sign Up Now for Birdies for Babies

Spring Season Set to Start for Duke Golf; Sign Up Now for Birdies for Babies

DURHAM – As both the Duke men’s and women’s golf programs gear up for the 2024 spring slate, it is perfect timing to sign up for the Birdies for Babies program, if you haven’t already done so.  The program supports the kids at the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. 
This past fall, Duke raised $3,221.50 and has now brought in an impressive $111,025 over the seven years since the program was established. 
If you are interested in supporting Duke’s partnership with Duke Children’s, you can pledge for each birdie made during the season or make a one-time donation.  Pledges start at $0.50 and higher increments are welcome.  If the Blue Devils register an eagle (counts as two birdies), albatross (three birdies) or hole-in-one (four birdies), they will count as stated.
The creation of the Birdies for Babies program was spearheaded by former Duke women’s golf standout Virginia Elena Carta.  A native of Udine, Italy, Carta was a four-time All-ACC selection and the 2016 NCAA Individual Champion.  The 2016 WGCA All-America and Honda Award winner turned in an NCAA-record 16-under-par ledger of 272 as a rookie to register her first collegiate victory.  She became one of only four Blue Devils to win both a NCAA Individual and team NCAA title.
In the fall, both golf teams registered one victory each as the men carded an 8-under, 856, to win the Rod Myers Invitational, while the women shot 21-under, 843, to claim the title at the Landfall Tradition. 
The women’s team will open action first in Melbourne, Fla., as the Blue Devils compete in the Moon Golf Invitational from Feb. 18-20.  The men’s team opens action the next day in The Prestige in La Quinta, Calif., Feb. 19-21. 

Duke Children’s is a 180-bed inpatient hospital within Duke University Hospital. The central outpatient clinic, the McGovern-Davison Children’s Health Center, is a 66,000 square-foot facility that is adjacent to the hospital, and combines medical and surgical specialty services in one colorful, child-focused location. Additionally, there are numerous Duke Children’s primary care and specialty care clinics across North Carolina to…


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