Cristie Kerr on Wednesday was named the winner of the Golf Writers Association of America’s Charlie Bartlett Award, given to a player who contributes to the betterment of society through charitable giving.
Kerr was honored for her work in the fight against breast cancer.
After her mother, Linda, was diagnosed with the disease, Kerr was inspired in 2003 to start the Birdies for Breast Cancer Celebrity Golf Classic in Jersey City, N.J. The event funded creation of the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center, which makes breast cancer screening, diagnostic testing and treatment programs available to women regardless of their ability to pay in the New York tri-state region. Sales from Kerr’s Curvature Wine label also go to fund breast cancer research.
“I am both honored and humbled to be recognized by the GWAA with the 2016 Bartlett Award and so grateful to the many media members who have helped call attention to our efforts to help fight breast cancer,” Kerr said in a statement. “There is still so much work to be done in breast cancer research and prevention, and I will continue to use my platform as a golfer and wine-maker to raise money and awareness for women battling the disease.
“I want to recognize the staff at the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center for their tireless and exceptional work and my partner in Curvature Wines, Suzanne Pride Bryan, for her support.”
Kerr will be presented the honor at the annual GWAA dinner during Masters week in Augusta, Ga.