Charities to still benefit from Barbasol Championship


NICHOLASVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – Despite the 2020 Barbasol PGA golf championship being canceled, you can still help area charities through Caddie127.

“Caddie127 came about as a charitable arm of the Barbasol Championship,” said Lauren Coldiron Vernor, Director of Marketing at Keene Trace Golf Club Home of the PGA TOUR Barbasol Championship.

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Vernor says the PGA Tour gives back charitable dollars to local charities where each tour event is held.

“We were able to come up with our own charitable initiative and then name five local charities to impact through the tournament,” said Vernor. “The tour takes $1 and then any proceeds beyond that number is pumped back into these local charities associated with Caddie127.”

The charities are: All God’s Children, UK Children’s Hospital, Make a Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women and Woodhill Community Center.

Vernor said Caddie127 comes from a book in the bible, “James 1:27 that says look after widows and orphans in their times of need so we took that to heart and have named charities that do focus on women and kids right here in Kentucky.”

While a tour event will not take place this year, Vernor says they are planning a fall event.

“We’re looking at a few dates in October to be able to have some type of golf event or gala that can still provide awareness to these groups because their efforts aren’t stopping this year,” explained Vernor.

The Barbasol is back in 2021.

Click HERE for more information on Caddie127.

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