Birdies Equal Make Big Money for Firefighters

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Nationwide TourLAKESIDE, Calif., -- Nationwide Insurance and the PGA TOUR announced Monday a program at the Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek, Birdies for Relief, that will donate a minimum of $200,000 to the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund, which has been established to provide direct support to victims of last weeks fires that raged throughout San Diego County and other parts of southern California.
 
Nationwide Insurance and the PGA TOUR have pledged to donate $100 each for every birdie made during this weeks Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek, for a total donation of $200 per birdie. Both organizations have committed to a guarantee of at least $100,000 each or $200,000 total. The four-round championship begins on Thursday and ends on Sunday.
 
Last Friday, the Century Club of San Diego, which is managing the Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek, announced the decision to grant free admission and encourage spectators to make a donation to the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund at the gate in lieu of a ticket purchase.
 
In addition, the Championship, via the Century Club of San Diego, extended invitations to San Diego firefighters to participate in Tuesday's Barona Pro-Am and 28 will be participating, along with eight junior golfers from San Diego's First Tee Program, the Pro Kids Golf Academy. The pro-am spots became available when Nationwide Insurance donated them to concentrate their efforts on assisting customers and supporting local relief efforts. Each firefighter will be paired with a member of the Nationwide Tour.
 
The Nationwide Tour Championship at Barona Creek is the tours
season-ending event and features the top-60 money winners of the year, with the top 25 earning PGA TOUR cards for 2008 at the conclusion of play on Sunday.
 
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