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Patients, Golfers Compete in Mini-Tournament at Kentucky Children's Hospital

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KCH patients with Scratch the UK Mascot and volunteer caddies
PGA golfer Chris Wilson and young patient play mini golf
Patient golfing with Coach Stoops and UK golf player
Golf coach Golda Borst
PGA golfer Skip Kendall helps Sam sink his putt

LEXINGTON, Ky (July 19, 2018) – In the spirit of the PGA Barbasol Championship being held this week at Keene Trace Golf Course in nearby Nicholasville, young patients at played their way through a nine-hole course at Kentucky Children's Hospital.           

PGA Golfers Ted Purdy, Skip Kendall, Dru Love, Heath Slocum, Chris Wilson, Michael Bradley, Guy Boros, Chip McDaniel and Cooper Musselman, UK Football Coach Mark Stoops, UK Men's Golf Coach Brian Craig, UK Women's Golf Coach Golda Borst and UK Football Director of Player Development Freddie Maggard, along with players from both UK men's and women's golf teams and the UK football team coached the young golfers through the course, which ran through the KCH lobby, corridors and playrooms.

“We are so grateful to be able to be a part of this mini golf pro-am here at Kentucky Children's Hospital," said UK Women's Golf Coach Golda Borst. "The girls that are in town over the summer jumped on this opportunity and have been looking forward to being around the children. Our hospital truly is one of the best in the country and we are so excited to be bringing the game of golf to the Children’s Hospital.”

“What a great partnership between the Barbasol Tour event and the UK Kentucky Children’s Hospital," said UK Men's Golf Coach Brian Craig. "The PGA Tour helps children in their local communities like no other professional sports organization. It’s an honor to play a small part in that mission on Wednesday with the children at the hospital in a golf-themed event.”

Under the direction of Coach Craig, two-year-old Sam scored a hole-in-one. Coach Borst and PGA golfer Skip Kendell coached young players at through the challenging obstacles at hole two. And UK Mascot Scratch was on hand to cheer the patients to victory.

Assisted by a volunteer "caddy", the young golfers started in the KCH lobby before moving to the corridors and playrooms in the inpatient unit. At each hole, they were coached by PGA players and UK student-athletes. While some liberties were taken with the rules, every player got a round of applause when sinking their putt, no matter how many strokes were needed.

"This hole is tricky," said PGA golfer Chris Wilson, referring to hole #5 set up in the KCH playroom. "It looks like a fairly benign putt, but if it gets right of the hole, it breaks right, and if it gets left of the hole it breaks left. But these kids are doing it. And they're having a great time."

UK HealthCare has been named one of the official sponsors of the Barbasol PGA Championship being held July 16-22 at Champions at Keene Trace in Nicholasville. The tournament will be broadcast live each day on Golf Channel and one of only 45 regular-season tournaments before the FedEx Cup Playoffs. PGA Tour events generated more than $180 million for charities in 2017 and have now raised an all-time total of $2.65 billion for charity. Kentucky Children's Hospital is a featured charity of the tournament.

"Kentucky Children’s Hospital is honored to be the official charity benefiting from The PGA Tournament," said Dr. Scottie Day, physician-in-chief at KCH. "To see PGA golfers come out and interact with the patients this way goes above and beyond their commitment to local communities. We are grateful to the golfers and the coaches and players from UK Athletics who came out to create a fun opportunity and atmosphere."

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