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Kerr has whirlwind start to Founders Cup week

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PHOENIX – It was already an eventful week for Cristie Kerr before she even hit her first tee shot Thursday at the JTBC Founders Cup.

On Wednesday night, Kerr introduced her three-month old son, Mason Kerr Stevens, to fellow LPGA pros at the Founders Cup. She has a home in the Phoenix area, and it’s the first time she has been able to bring her son to a tournament.

“Isn’t he handsome?” Kerr said as fellow players took turns cradling Mason.

Later that night, Kerr announced at a Curvature Wine tasting party that the Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation will match Kerr’s LPGA money winnings this year in a donation to the Semper Fi Fund, which helps injured and critically ill military service members and their families.

Sales from Kerr’s Curvature Wine label go to breast cancer research. She proudly announced Wine Spectator recently gave Curvature’s 2009 Cabernet a prestigious 90 rating. Kerr’s philanthropy interests are tied to family experiences. Her mother, Linda, is a breast cancer survivor. Her father, Michael, is a Vietnam War veteran.

Kerr will be expanding her wine interest later this year. She’s planning to release a new Cristie Kerr wine label late this summer.

Wednesday’s events were a soothing tonic for Kerr’s Tuesday adventure. She was beaned by Stacy Lewis in a practice round, with one of Lewis’ bunker shots going long and clunking Kerr in the head. She was fine after applying a little ice.