SKIDAWAY ISLAND, GA, February 9, 2009 -- Behind the gates of a quiet residential community on a small barrier island off Georgia’s emerald coast, women’s golf has found a stronghold unrivaled by some of the most popular golf destinations in America.
The Landings on Skidaway Island, a private, country club community 12 miles southeast of Savannah, is home to one of the largest women’s golf organizations in the United States.
The 34-year-old Landings Women’s Golf Association (LWGA) boasts some 600 members with an additional 285 women playing in its sister nine-hole association; next to the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) women’s golf at The Landings represents the largest women’s golf organization in the private club world.
But the LWGA is not just about golf. It’s about raising money for a good cause. Cancer diagnostic, treatment, and research services will receive a big
financial boost March 31 when members of the Landings Women’s Golf
Association tee it up in the annual charity tournament, “Golfing For A Cure,” benefiting Savannah’s own Anderson Cancer Institute at
Memorial Health University Medical Center.
Thanks to record setting years in 2007 and 2008, the LWGA fulfilled
its $100,000 pledge in just two years. To date, this tournament has raised $200,000 for laboratory cancer research at the Anderson Cancer
Institute’s Hoskins Center. Proceeds from past tournaments purchased a state of the art Pyrosequencer HS 96 instrument and supported the
Clinical Genetics Laboratory, which was named in honor of the Landings
Women’s Golf Association.
This year, the tournament continues to support ACI and laboratory cancer
research efforts, by making a five-year pledge of $250,000 to support
the research program led by Dominique Broccoli, Ph.D. Dr. Broccoli’s
program researches a basic and fundamental characteristic of cancerous
cells — their immortality. Her research will enable researchers to understand
the mechanisms within the chromosome that causes this immortality
and then to develop strategies to alter it in tumors. In recognition of
the LWGA’s commitment and generosity, the Anderson Cancer Institute
will name Dr. Broccoli’s program “The Landings Women’s Golf
Association Program in Cancer Biology.”
According to LWGA Chair Carol Bowen, “The LWGA is pleased and
excited again to be supporting the innovative research at Anderson
Cancer Institute at our annual Cancer Tournament on March 31. We
always have a full field for this golf event because our members know the
importance of raising money for ACI.” The “Golfing For A Cure” Chair,
Karen Sellick, stated, “We are encouraged by the promise this work holds
for our members, their families, and friends, and for the entire Landings
and Southeast Georgia community. Equally, we are inspired knowing discoveries here will impact cancer medicine worldwide.”
As before, “Golfing For A Cure” counts on friends, neighbors,
Landings golf professionals, and local businesses, as well as golfers, who
value having world-class diagnostic, treatment, and research services
close by and who place a high priority on having 100% of all donated
monies benefit the greater Savannah community.
Located just 12 miles from historic Savannah on a 6,500-acre barrier island off Georgia’s emerald coast, The Landings on Skidaway Island is the recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s coveted Award for Excellence. Its extensive list of amenities includes six championship golf courses designed by masters like Arnold Palmer, Tom Fazio, Arthur Hills and Willard Byrd, four swimming pools, a state-of-the-art fitness center, two full-service marinas and 40 miles of walking and biking trails.
For more information, call The Landings toll free at 800-841-7011 or visit www.thelandings.com