BayCare, Founding Partner for Pelican Women's Championship, Launches 'Birdies for Babies' Program

Pelican Women’s Championship to Donate $50 for Every Birdie Made Nov. 11-14 to BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital Women’s Services


BayCare is the Official and Exclusive Health Care System for the Pelican Women’s Championship


BELLEAIR, Fla., Nov. 5, 2021 – The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James announced BayCare as the official health care system and founding partner of the championship, Tampa Bay’s signature LPGA Tour event taking place Nov. 8-14 at Pelican Golf Club in Belleair, Fla.


Also announced today, BayCare and the Pelican Women’s Championship have jointly launched its 2021 “Birdies for Babies” charitable program. To give back to the local community, the Pelican Women’s Championship has pledged to donate $50 for every birdie scored during all four rounds of next week’s championship to the Morton Plant Mease Health Care Foundation and BayCare’s Morton Plant Hospital Women’s Services, located in the hospital’s Doyle Tower. The donations will help provide home monitoring blood pressure kits for new mothers and expecting mothers who are at highest risk of developing complications.


A link to the Birdies for Babies charitable program and donation information can be found here: https://give.mpmfoundation.org/birdies-for-babies


“We are thrilled with our partnership with BayCare in helping to bring women’s professional golf to the Tampa Bay area and their overall support of this great championship,” said Marci Doyle, executive director of the Pelican Women’s Championship. “BayCare is a leader in providing compassionate care to the Tampa Bay community, and it is an honor for the Pelican Women’s Championship to partner with BayCare for the Birdies for Babies program to support our community.”


“We are proud to partner with the LPGA Tour and the Pelican Women’s Championship and are grateful for their support through the Birdies for Babies program,” said Lou Galdieri, President of Morton Plant Hospital and BayCare’s Market Leader for North Pinellas and West Pasco Counties. “This will enable us to provide home-monitoring blood pressure kits to help providers monitor patients who are at greatest risk of developing dangerous hypertensive disorders during pregnancy.”


BayCare, a leading not-for-profit health care system, provides a wide range of services at 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations for patients and their families throughout Tampa Bay and the Central Florida regions.


As a founding partner of the Pelican Women’s Championship, BayCare is supporting the tournament’s volunteer program that recruits and deploys hundreds of individuals to assist in managing the event. The company also serves as a presenting sponsor of the Women’s Leadership Summit presented by Raymond James, taking place on Tuesday, Nov. 9 that will bring together a diverse panel to inspire women in the community featuring local civic and business leaders, as well as LPGA TOUR players and executives. BayCare also will brand and operate the on-site Spectator Care Center to assist in any first aid or medical needs of the fans in attendance throughout the week.


In 2020, the Pelican Women’s Championship donated $46,600 to support families in need as a part of the Birdies for Babies program. The 108 player-field carded 932 total birdies, led by third-place finisher Stephanie Meadow with 12 birdies. Sei Young Kim, winner of the 2020 Pelican Women’s Championship, carded 20 birdies.


The 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship made its debut in 2020 without spectators and will welcome fans to Pelican Golf Club for the first time, featuring a field of 108 players competing over 72 holes for a share of the $1.75 million purse. Sei Young Kim captured the inaugural Pelican Women’s Championship in 2020 by three strokes at 14-under par, her 12th victory on the LPGA Tour.


Tickets are on sale for the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship exclusively online at www.PelicanLPGA.com. A variety of ticket packages are available, including exclusive hospitality and general admissions tickets offering a wide degree of entertainment and access. In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, military members (active, reserve, retired and veterans) will gain free access to the tournament grounds all week. Children under the age of 18 gain free admittance with a paid adult.


For more information on the 2021 Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James, follow the tournament’s social media handles, including @PelicanLPGA on Twitter, @PelicanLPGA on Instagram and Pelican Women's Championship on Facebook.


About Morton Plant Hospital

Since 1916, Morton Plant Hospital has been committed to improving the health of all we serve through community-owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Our 599-bed hospital is proud to offer nationally recognized care delivered in more than 50 specialty areas. Morton Plant Hospital offers innovative, accessible, and quality services to provide our community with a lifetime of compassionate, convenient care. For more information, call (727) 953-6877, or visit us on Facebook or at 300 Pinellas St., Clearwater, Fla About BayCare Health System

BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. For more information, visit www.BayCare.org


About Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta & Raymond James

The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Konica Minolta and Raymond James is the LPGA’s annual tournament in the Tampa Bay region and features the world’s best female golfers competing over four rounds for a share of the $1.75 million purse. The tournament is contested at the newly renovated Pelican Golf Club, a Donald Ross design that offers world-class amenities and an unmatched golf experience. The Pelican Women’s Championship presented by Raymond James and Konica Minolta is operated by Outlyr, a global sports, event management and lifestyle marketing agency that specializes in the development and execution of engaging events and experiences. In addition to managing 11 professional golf tournaments, Outlyr also operates a number of other sporting and lifestyle events and manages the sponsorship portfolio for several blue-chip clients. For more information on the Pelican Women’s Championship, visit www.PelicanLPGA.com.


About the LPGA

The LPGA is the world’s leading professional golf organization for women, with a goal to change the face of golf by making the sport more accessible and inclusive.


Created in 1950 by 13 Founders, the Association celebrates a diverse and storied history. The LPGA Tour competes across the globe, reaching television audiences in more than 220 countries. The Symetra Tour, the LPGA’s official qualifying tour, consistently produces a pipeline of talent ready for the world stage. The LPGA also holds a joint-venture collaboration with the Ladies European Tour (LET), increasing playing opportunities for female golfers in Europe. Across the three Tours, the LPGA represents players in more than 60 countries.


Additionally, the LPGA Foundation has empowered and supported girls and women since 1991, most notably through LPGA*USGA Girls Golf, the only national program of its kind, which annually engages with nearly 100,000 girls. The LPGA Amateur Golf Association and LPGA Women’s Network provide virtual and in-person connections to female golfers around the world, while LPGA Professionals are educators, business leaders and game-changers dedicated to growing the game of golf for everyone.


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