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Golfers Have Strong Start for Birdies for Babies
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 09/24/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. – The 2018-19 Duke men’s and women’s golf seasons are full speed ahead, which means the same is true for the Birdies for Babies program, which benefits the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units.

The women’s team opened the regular season last week in the ANNIKA Intercollegiate and the Blue Devils collected 58 birdies over a span of three rounds. They will next compete in the Windy City Collegiate Oct. 1-2 in Wilmette, Ill.

On the other side, the Duke men’s golf team has competed in two events on the season and is coming off an impressive victory at the Louisville Cardinal Challenge. In two tournaments, the Blue Devils have collected 133 birdie equivalents (eagles & birdies combined) and will next see action in the Nike Collegiate Invitational Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

Those looking to support Duke’s partnership with the Duke Children’s can make pledges per birdie. Pledges will start at $0.50 and high pledge increments are welcome. If the Blue Devils register an eagle (counts as two birdies), albatross (three birdies) and hole-in-one (four birdies) they will count as stated. Each pledge will receive an autographed photo of the Duke women’s golf team.

The creation of the program was spearheaded by senior women’s golfer Virginia Elena Carta. A native of Udine, Italy, Carta is a three-time All-ACC selection and the 2016 NCAA Individual Champion. The 2016 WGCA All-America and Honda Award winner turned in a NCAA-record 16-under-par ledger of 272 as a rookie to register her first collegiate victory. Over her career at Duke, Carta has totaled a 73.04 stroke average with 10 top 10 finishes and 18 top 20 placements.

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 that 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 through 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 ten specialties by the U.S. News & World Report. Learn more about Duke Children’s online at or at

The women’s team will feature eight regular season tournaments, before heading to the postseason, while the men’s program has 11 regular season events prior to the postseason.

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