Members of CREW Dallas teed it up alongside LPGA tour players Monday as part of the pro-am portion of the LPGA’s Volunteers of America Texas Shootout at the Las Colinas Country Club. This marks the 31st year for the commercial real estate group’s Golf Classic tournament, but its first partnership ever with the LPGA.
“What better way to help create success for women and children in our community than partner with the very best in women’s golf,” Teresa Ereon Giltner, chair of CREW in the Community and member at Dykema Cox Smith, said in a statement. “This event has gained continuous support over the years and we are proud to be a part of this remarkable opportunity to elevate women, not only in golf, but in business and many other areas while giving back to our surrounding communities.”
In the past, the CREW Dallas Golf Classic tourney has raised and donated more than $3.5 million to organizations such as the Dallas Women’s Foundation, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and CREW Network Foundation. After players finished their rounds on Monday, they were invited to join in a “19th Hole” celebration for a meal, massages, and a live auction.
The Volunteers of America Texas Shootout tournament is also the only LPGA tournament played in Texas out of the LPGA’s 35 scheduled events for the 2017 season. The purse for the tournament sits at $1.3 million, and the tourney will see 19 out of the top 20 ranked players in the field. Notably, Texas Christian University grad Angela Stanford and Fort Worth-based Gerina Piller will be playing in the tour’s Texas stop.
“We are excited to kick off tournament week with CREW Dallas and could not have asked for a better partner who fits naturally into what the LPGA is all about,” Kristy Nutt, Global Golf Management’s tournament director for the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout, said in a statement. “The LPGA was founded by incredible, strong-willed women who wanted to make a difference in the game of golf for women and girls, so it is only fitting to be partnering with CREW Dallas and their incredible members who continue to make a difference in the community for women and girls of all ages. We look forward to elevating the game of golf in Texas and building a strong female-driven community with CREW Dallas for years to come.”
The first round of the Volunteers of America Texas Shootout begins Thursday, and final round play will be on Sunday.