August 25, 2011

Women’s Golf Pledges Second Season of “Birdies for Service”

SAINT LEO, Fla. – For the second-straight year, the Saint Leo University women's golf team has pledged to run its "Birdies for Service" program.

The team will continue to honor their pledge of one hour of community service/outreach for every birdie they record in tournaments throughout the 2011-12 academic year.

"Last year, the seniors Kristina Carvalho and Jordan Hatch approached me with the idea of a 'Birdies for Service' initiative," said head coach Erika Brennan.  "I was very impressed and proud of the outcome; they tied it to something positive and then took the initiative to carry-out the project."

Last year, the team recorded a total of 167 birdies in competition and went above and beyond their total, completing a total of 209 hours of service in the surrounding community.  Service hours were given to Saint Leo University's Fall Community Day, the Great American Teach-In, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3-Day, Habitat for Humanity, Operation Christmas Child, the Spirit of Saint Leo Tournament, and divot-filling at the Lake Jovita golf course.

"Our favorite last year was Habitat for Humanity," Brennan added.  "We went on two different build days and the team had a blast.  What made it such a unique experience is that we got to work alongside the future homeowner, so the girls got to see the tangible results of their hard work.  We plan on upping the ante this year with even more birdies on the course, and we're looking forward to being even more active in our surrounding community."

The Saint Leo University women's golf team begins its fall season on Monday, September 26, when they participate in the Queens University of Charlotte Invitational at TPC Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.  For the latest news, updates and information on the women's golf team, visit SaintLeoLions.com.