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June 6 2011

5:15 PM

Gay, Gaylord pledge for birdies

Brian Gay made 25 birdies when he won the 2009 FedEx St. Jude Classic. Now he’s enlisted four other Gaylord Sports Management clients to help support a cause close to Brian’s heart: The St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

Brian and Kimberly Gay are donating $100 for each birdie Brian makes this week at the TPC Southwind and are also making a donation in honor of the others’ participation. Additionally, Gaylord Sports Management is matching its clients’ contributions.

“We thought we’d put a slight twist on the Eagles for St. Jude program and sort of bring that effort home to Memphis,” Gay said. “Kimberly and I have been so moved by the work the hospital does and the spirit of its young patients that we had to get involved."

Gay said he appreciates the support of his fellow Gaylord clients, along with that of the company. Also pledging $100 for their birdies at TPC Southwind are Bryce Molder, who was the runner-up to Gay in 2009; recent Valero Texas Open winner Brendan Steele and Tom Pernice, Jr., who is taking a break from the Champions Tour.

Phil Mickelson is not playing in the FedEx St, Jude Classic but he is donating $100 for each birdie Gay makes. LPGA Tour member Mina Harigae has joined the Eagles for St. Jude program and is donating $500 for each eagle she makes throughout this season.

“This initiative says a great deal about Brian and Kimberly’s passion and character and that of our clients," said Gaylord CEO Steve Loy. "The St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital has touched families all over the world and for more than 40 years has been supported by the PGA TOUR.

"That’s why we’re proud to partner with our clients in this initiative. Brian and Kimberly Gay and our GSM family encourage you and/or your corporate partners to match our team’s gifts to this year’s FedEx St. Jude’s Classic as well.”

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