Golf Superstar Lorena Ochoa and LPGA Hall of Fame Golfer Betsy King to Visit Flagstaff's Pine Canyon

Pine Canyon Club in FlagstaffPine Canyon Club in Flagstaff, a private golf and residential community, announced today that Lorena Ochoa, a Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour superstar, will join LPGA Hall of Fame golfer Betsy King for a two-day charity event on September 21 and 22. The GOLF FORE AFRICA event will benefit children infected or affected by the AIDS pandemic in Africa and will raise more than $120,000.

On Sunday, September 21 Ms. Ochoa and Ms. King will host a golf clinic for Pine Canyon members followed by a cocktail reception that evening. On Monday, Ochoa and King will host a “Golf Exhibition.” Eight Pine Canyon members will donate money to play nine holes with the legendary golfers. 

King, a Scottsdale resident with six major championships among her 34 victories, was the 2007 Solheim Cup captain. “We chose Pine Canyon because the owner was very supportive of the idea,” King said. “We’re excited that the members have stepped forward to help our cause. It shows the charitable heart of the golf community.”

Ms. King founded Golf Fore Africa after seeing first-hand the faces of AIDS and the terrible plight of these orphan children in Rwanda in 2006. “So far we have raised about $325, 000,” King said. “The first $250,000 went to our first project in Mudasomwa, Rwanda. We provided help to families in that community that have been infected or affected by AIDS. The money provided basic health care, school fees and uniforms for children, plus food and clean water for families in that community.”

King said the next two projects are building a clinic in Rwanda that will provide basic health care, malaria treatment, and ARV drug distribution, and also provide housing for AIDS orphans in a community in Lesotho, Africa where there is a 29 percent AIDS infection rate. The project in Rwanda is a combined effort with World Vision. The one in Lesotho is with World Vision and Habitat for Humanity. King’s new goal is to raise over $500,000 over the next few years.

Ochoa, who attended the University of Arizona, is a Mexican golfer and currently the No. 1 ranked woman golfer in the world. “Lorena Ochoa has been so gracious to help us last year and this year,” King said. “She is an unbelievable golfer and person and the best superstar the LPGA could ever hope for. She will provide a great show for the people who attend the clinic or the round on Monday.”

Day of event tickets for the exhibition on September 22 will be released to Pine Canyon members, Flagstaff Medical Center, and Flagstaff city officials. They may walk the Jay Morrish-designed championship golf course that day.

About The Pine Canyon Club

Pine Canyon Club The Pine Canyon Club is located at an altitude of seven thousand feet above sea level in Flagstaff, Arizona, approximately two hours north of Phoenix. Adjacent to Coconino National Forest in Flagstaff, Pine Canyon’s primary amenity is its signature championship golf course designed by golf course architect Jay Morrish.  

Real estate prices at Pine Canyon start from the mid $300’s. Pine Canyon offers condominiums, townhomes, single family homes and home sites. Golf and Sports memberships offer the many recreational and social activities afforded at the Clubhouse, lap pool, shaded toddler pool, kids pool with water features, spa and fitness center, tennis courts, many social events and other amenities. The Pine Canyon Club is located at 1201 E. John Wesley Powell Blvd. in Flagstaff. For additional information please call (928) 779-5700 or toll-free (866) 779-5700, or visit online at www.pinecanyon.net.

Awards:        

  • Gold Nugget Grand Award: “2007 Best in the West Gold Nugget Award for best public/private recreational use facility”

  • Golf Digest: No. 4 Best in Arizona

  • Golfweek: 2006 & 2007 Top 25 Best New Courses

  • Golfweek: 2006 Best Residential Courses, “Course of Distinction” 

HOW TO HELP

Golf Fore Africa, Inc. is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization in Scottsdale, Arizona dedicated to bringing hope and support to children in Africa that have been orphaned or made vulnerable by AIDS. Donations may be made online at WWW.GOLFFOREAFRICA.ORG.

Contact:
Debbie Quesada
Golf  Fore Africa
32531 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 105, Box 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85266-1519
480-284-5818 Phone
480-292-8805 fax                                                                                                              
E-mail: golfforeafrica@gmail.com

 

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