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Blue Devils introduce Birdies for Babies
Make Your Pledge Now for Birdies for Babies
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/17/2018
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DURHAM, N.C. –
Spearheaded by junior Virginia Elena Carta, the Duke women’s golf program is excited to announce a fundraising program benefitting the Duke Children’s Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units called Birdies for Babies.

“This project comes from the realization of the privileges of being part of Duke University,” commented Carta. “As a member of this prestigious community as well as an athlete on the Duke women’s golf team, I quickly recognized our responsibility to help the local communities.”

As the fourth-ranked Blue Devils get set to open the 2018 spring season Feb. 11-13 at the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge, the program is accepting pledges starting immediately.

“We are fortunate enough to have been able to volunteer on multiple occasions at Duke Children’s in the past few years,” commented Carta. “These experiences have enriched us as both students of Duke University, and residents of the Durham community.”

Those looking to support Duke women’s golf’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.

“We’re thrilled by the support of Duke’s six-time NCAA National Champion women’s golf team,” said Dr. Ann Reed, Chair of the Dept. of Pediatrics at Duke Children’s. “Their efforts in fundraising and awareness-building for our Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units will directly impact the lives and well-being of our patients and their families. We are so thankful to Duke Athletics and the wonderful student-athletes of Duke University. Go Duke!”

To give fans an idea of how many birdies and eagles Duke had in the fall of 2017 and the 2016-17 campaign, the numbers have been provided -- 2017-18 (birdies 191, eagles 1), 2016-17 (birdies 382, eagles 9).

“The search to learn more about new opportunities in the local community has led to the creation of this donation program,” said Carta. “Led by us (the Duke women’s golf team), as well as generous independent contributors, we will be able to collect funds for every birdie that we make throughout the season (and we like to make a lot!). Our hope is that through this process, we can be of assistance to many children and their families.”

Carta, who hails from Udine, Italy, is a two-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 72.81 stroke average with nine top 10 finishes and 16 top 20 placements. She is currently listed No. 18 in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Ranking.

Virginia Elena Carta has come up with a fun and easy way for all to contribute to the worthiest of causes,” said Duke head coach Dan Brooks. “Our team members and staff are excited to know that the better we play the more we help kids struggling with illness. I encourage everyone, Duke fan or not, to pitch in!”

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 www.dukechildrens.org or at www.facebook.com/dukechildrens.

“As competitors representing Duke and Durham as a whole, we always strive to make our home the best in the world,” added Carta. “Through these efforts, we aim to bring happiness and comfort to those in need. After all, it truly is one big family.”

Duke will feature four regular season tournaments this spring before competing in the ACC Championship, NCAA Regionals and NCAA Championship in April and May.

For more information, head to https://www.bluedevilsbirdiesforbabies.org/

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