BIRDIES FORE LOVE
Scottie Scheffler wins $300,000 through RSM Birdies Fore Love program
Lanto Griffin and Denny McCarthy finish second and third earning $150,000 and $50,000, respectively for charities of their choice
November 19, 2019
By Staff, PGATOUR.COM
- November 19, 2019
- Scottie Scheffler had four birdies en route to a final-round 68 at The RSM Classic. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FLORIDA – RSM US LLP (“RSM”) – the nation’s leading provider of audit, tax and consulting services focused on the middle market and title sponsor of The RSM Classic since 2010, along with tournament host Davis Love III, joined the PGA TOUR to announce that Scottie Scheffler won $300,000 through the RSM Birdies Fore Love charitable giving competition for recording the most birdies (or better) over the first 11 events of the 2019-20 PGA TOUR Season. As part of the program, the money will be donated to several different charities of Scheffler’s choice including Triumph Over Kid Cancer Foundation and The Davis Love Foundation.
The top three players who accumulated the most birdies (or better), beginning with A Military Tribute at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, and concluding at The RSM Classic in Sea Island, Georgia, were awarded with $300,000, $150,000 and $50,000, respectively, for charitable donations to the players’ choice of children- and/or family-focused charitable organizations that are building the middle-market leaders of tomorrow.
Lanto Griffin finished second and will donate $150,000 to help start the Lanto Griffin Foundation, supporting New River Valley (Virginia) families battling terminal illnesses and to help youth, who may not have the financial means or who encounter extenuating circumstances, achieve their dreams in sports and in life.
Denny McCarthy finished third in the RSM Birdies Fore Love competition and will use the $50,000 to start the Denny McCarthy Foundation.
“Birdies Fore Love” provides RSM with a unique opportunity to amplify our focus on stewardship through The RSM Classic,” said Joe Adams, managing partner and CEO with RSM US LLP. “We are grateful to work with the PGA TOUR and the Davis Love Foundation, and to have donated more than $3.8 million to support charities across the United States and Canada through this year’s Birdies Fore Love program.”
Through the expansion of the 2019 RSM Birdies Fore Love competition, RSM was able to increase its charitable footprint through the additional support of the RSM US Foundation. In addition to the $500,000 awarded to the top three PGA TOUR players who accumulated the most birdies (or better) throughout the fall schedule, the 11 weekly RSM Birdies Fore Love winners received $50,000 for charitable donations, which brought this year’s RSM Birdies Fore Love competition to over $1 million. Kyoung-Hoon Lee recorded the most birdies (or better) in The RSM Classic.
For a list of the weekly RSM Birdies Fore Love winners from the 11 fall events and final scoring results, please visit https://www.pgatour.com/rsm-birdies-fore-love.html.
Winning players from the RSM Birdies Fore Love program are encouraged to designate the funds to charitable organizations dedicated to building tomorrow’s middle market leaders through programs that support education, as well as organizations committed to improving the lives of youth through a focus on hunger, housing and health – organizations aligned with the RSM US Foundation’s area of focus.
“The 10th RSM Classic was definitely one for the books, with Tyler Duncan winning for the first time on the PGA TOUR. I’m also thrilled with the success of the Birdies Fore Love program, with more than $17 million donated for those in need,” Love said. “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of those who support the tournament, particularly from a philanthropic perspective. Congratulations to Scottie Scheffler for winning the Birdies Fore Love competition.”
Last year, Cameron Champ won the inaugural RSM Birdies Fore Love competition, earning $300,000 for the Cameron Champ Foundation in support of STEM education and youth golf. JJ Spaun finished second and donated $150,000 to the United Way earmarked for low-income families affected by the California wildfires, while Joel Dahmen, a cancer survivor, finished third and donated $50,000 to the Send It Foundation in support of young adult cancer fighters through the gift of outdoor adventure and community.
Since the inception of The RSM Classic in 2010, RSM and the Davis Love Foundation have generated more than $17 million for charities that support education and organizations that support children and families in need. Hundreds of organizations across the United States have benefited from these donations, including the Boys & Girls Club, Special Olympics, Blessings in a Backpack and Folds of Honor, just to name a few.