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Birdies for Babies Program Concludes Seventh Season

Birdies for Babies Program Concludes Seventh Season

DURHAM – The seventh season of the Birdies for Babies program has concluded with the Duke men’s and women’s golf programs raising $17,697.60 in 2023-24 to benefit the kids at the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. 
Since the inception of the program in 2017-18, the Blue Devils have raised an impressive $124,333.80. 
Even though the season has concluded, donations are always accepted.  One-time donations as well as pledges are both available. 
Both the men’s and women’s programs advanced to the NCAA Regionals in 2023-24 with the women’s team moving on to the NCAA Championship where the Blue Devils placed 14th.  The two squads combined to notch 1,322 birdies along with 37 eagles on the year. 
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.

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 care for the needs of children throughout the state. Duke Children’s is one of the largest health care providers for children in the Southeast, and the only children’s hospital in North Carolina to be ranked in all 10 specialties by the U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Duke Children’s online at or at

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