LPGA eagles raise more than $280K for Wounded Warriors

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NAPLES, Fla. - The inaugural Race to the CME Globe isn’t just delivering a big payday to players this week. It’s delivering a large donation to the Wounded Warriors project.

With the announcement of the Race to the CME Globe at year’s start, the LPGA also announced CME Group would donate $1,000 to the Wounded Warrior Project for every eagle an LPGA player made on tournament weekends throughout the season. That was increased to $5,000 for every eagle made at the CME Group Tour Championship this weekend. Coming into this weekend, $283,000 has been raised for the cause. With Sunday’s finish, CME and the LPGA will present a check for the final total to the project’s representatives.

Jason Braase, a veteran whose lower right leg was reconstructed over 13 surgeries after he was injured in an explosion while serving in Iraq in 2005, has been at Tiburon Golf Club all week meeting players for the project. Once told he could lose his leg and never walk on it again, Braase is walking today.

“The support I received brought me from the brink of suicide to almost complete recovery,” Braase said. “WWP support is directly improving lives by providing exactly what our warriors and their caregivers needs.”