Brinker will host the Impact Cup in July

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DURHAM- Duke Women’s Golf Second Year Phoebe Brinkeralong with good friend Taylor Roberts of Florida, will host the American Junior Golf Association (AJGA) Impact Cup on July 25-26, 2022 at Bobby Jones Golf Club and East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Impact Cup is a unique college golf event that provides competitive golfers the opportunity to showcase their golfing talents and develop important life skills such as community awareness, leadership and hard work. ‘team. Participants will gain a better understanding and knowledge of charitable giving while being celebrated for their accomplishments.

“My motivation for the event stems from realizing the importance of mental health and wellness while at college during COVID,” Brinker said. “I’ve seen my friends and family deal with challenges, I’ve heard countless tragic stories throughout the pandemic of students killing themselves too soon, and I’ve faced weak moments of failure and overwhelming stress.”

The goal of the 2022 Impact Cup is to raise $100,000 for the Generation Next project and AJGA’s ACE grant program. For more information on the tournament partnership, contact bdockter@ajga.org.

On Monday, July 25, golfers will start at Bobby Jones Golf Club. On Tuesday, there will be a Mental Health Walk at 8:30 a.m., followed by tee times starting at 10:30 a.m., at East Lake Golf Club.

Each golfer who accepts an invitation to participate in the Impact Cup commits to raising at least $1,000 for the Generation Next project and the AJGA ACE grant program.

“The pandemic and the stress that comes with being a student-athlete is daunting and can feel overwhelming at times, especially when there aren’t peer-to-peer conversations about mental health,” Brinker said. “That’s why Taylor and I decided to host the Impact Cup to support mental health, specifically Generation Next Project which uses the game of golf to facilitate conversations about mental health and to establish the life lessons that golf teaches us about emotional awareness, patience, among other virtues.”

In 2020, Brinker and Roberts hosted the Senior Cup with the help of AJGA. The Senior Cup was held for high school golfers whose senior seasons were cut short due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The event benefited the Golf Emergency Relief Fund and the Achieving Competitive Excellence Grant from the American Junior Golf Association. It was played as a Ryder-Cup style tournament and was held at Parkland Golf & Country Club in July 2020.

The Senior Cup was a great success, raising $40,000.

“I hope that bringing together college golfers who have faced similar circumstances and struggles can start the much needed conversation about mental health, and that we can collectively raise an ambitious $100,000 for Generation Next to to impact the mental health of young people through golf,” Brinker said. . “The event will be a fun way to host activities and guest speakers to share stories, give advice on coping with mental instability and play the amazing East Lake Golf Club with friends who are playing college golf across the country!”

Brinker, a native of Wilmington, Del., averaged 74.00 strokes during the season and is coming off a top-20 finish in consecutive Darius Rucker Intercollegiate and Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge. As a rookie, she won the WGCA and Golfweek Honorable Mention All-America by placing in the top five at the NCAA Championship. Brinker received the Tom Cousins ​​Award at the 2021 East Lake Cup, which recognizes a collegiate golfer who best exemplifies the values ​​of the award – excelling in academics and community involvement.

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