You could hear the cheering in Jersey City yesterday – particularly
at Jersey City Medical Center – when Cristie Kerr won the LPGA season
ending event and first prize of $500,000.
“It was a thrilling victory for Cristie and I’m sure there
were a lot of people in Jersey City pulling for her,” said Joseph
F. Scott, President/CEO, Jersey City Medical Center, a Barnabas Health
facility. “She’s been an incredible benefactor to the hospital
and to women throughout Hudson County.”
The Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center located on the Jersey City
Medical Center campus is named after the 38-year-old golf pro. Opened
in 2010, and equipped with the latest in mammography equipment, the center
is the only full-service facility in the Hudson County area providing
detection, healing, support, and recovery services.
On Sunday, Kerr won the season-ending CME Group Tour Championship in Naples,
Florida, taking command by holing a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 17th
hole and finishing off her 18th career victory.
A passionate breast cancer activist, having witnessed her mother, aunt
and godmother battle the disease, Kerr founded in 2004 the non-profit
organization Birdies for Breast Cancer with a mission to raise funds and
awareness for breast cancer research. She founded the organization after
her mother, Linda Kerr, was diagnosed with the disease. She donates $50
for every birdie and $100 for every eagle she makes on tour. She has generated
hundreds of thousands of dollars for breast cancer detection and educations
programs at the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center over the years.
This includes money raised from the Cristie Kerr Golf Classic, which is
held annually in Jersey City at Liberty National. She brings leading sports
and entertainment celebrities to Jersey City to play in the golf event.
Earlier this year, the nominating committee of the LibertyHealth Foundation,
Jersey City Medical Center’s fundraising arm, asked Cristie Kerr
to become a member of its board of directors. She accepted.
For Kerr, who helped the U.S. beat Europe and win the Solheim Cup in September,
it was her 18th LPGA title.
“I was holding my breath the whole time,” said Regina Andriolo,
executive director of the Liberty Health Foundation, in describing Kerr’s
victory. “The eagle did it!”
Kerr shot four rounds in the 60s, made a 35-foot birdie putt at No. 15
to tie for the lead, then made eagle at the 17th put her on top for good.