LPGA Hall of Famer to host Golf Fore Africa Charity Event at Moselem Springs GC
Hall of Fame golfer and Exeter township native Betsy King has announced that she will be bringing LPGA players back to Berks County this summer. King, winner of 6 major championships and 34 LPGA titles is hosting a tournament to benefit her long-time charity Golf Fore Africa. The pro-am event will be held Monday, June 5th at Moselem Springs Golf Course in Fleetwood.
Julie Inkster, one of the most successful and recognizable players in LPGA tour history, will headline a list of LPGA Tour winners who will play alongside amateur golfers.
“I’m excited to have LPGA golf back in Berks County,” King said. “It’s going to be a relaxed and fun day for the great cause of bringing clean and safe drinking water to Africa.”
LPGA Players Return to Berks County
Nearly 20 years have passed since Berks County had the opportunity to enjoy the LPGA tour in its own backyard. Betsy King hosted an LPGA Tour event at Berkleigh Country Club in Kutztown from 1996 through 2004. Several players who competed in the tournament, which was last known as the Wachovia LPGA Classic Hosted by Betsy King, have committed to playing in King’s event at Moselem Springs. Inkster returns to Berks County with 31 LPGA wins, seven major championships, and nine Solheim Cup appearances. She will be joined by former US Open champion Britney Lang and LPGA Tour winner Britney Lincicome, Michelle McGann, Angela Stanford, Leta Lindley, Aza Munoz, Pernilla Lindberg, and Paula Reto, winner of the 2022 CP Women’s Open. Jill McGill the reigning US Senior Women’s Open champion, will also play in the charity event along with Amy Olsen, Sarah Kemp, Gina Kim, Laura Hartlage, and Caroline Inglis.
King Brings Clean and Safe Water to Sub-Saharan Communities
Betsy King founded Golf Fore Africa after an LPGA career that included a reign as one of the tour’s most dominant players in the 1980s and 1990s. King won all six of her major championships during this time, including the US Women’s Open titles in 1989 and 1990. Since King started the non-profit organization in 2007 Golf Fore Africa has partnered with World Vision to fund lifesaving initiatives that bring clean and safe drinking water to children and families in Sub-Saharan African countries. In granting more than 16 million toward clean water projects golf for Africa has funded 470 handpump wells and 75 mechanized water systems that provide taps, running water, and flushable toilets for schools and healthcare facilities. Golf Fore Africa is currently working to bring clean water to communities in rural Zambia. The organization’s goals for 2023 include funding 53 handpump wells, 17 mechanized water systems, and 2 baby wash systems, which involve the building of a maternity annex, baby delivery area, bathrooms, showers, toilets and an incinerator all supported by the mechanized water system. King is looking to fund 2 mechanized water systems in 2 hand pump wells through her event at Moselem Springs, which would bring clean water to more than 3,000 people.
King would like to thank presenting sponsor Bio Tek reMEDys, along with Redner’s Warehouse Markets, East Penn Manufacturing, American Crane, Stevens & Lee, and Boscov’s for their generosity in supporting the event.
All levels of sponsorship are still available including the opportunity to play with the pros. Spectators can attend the event and luncheon by signing up as an honor board sponsor. The day starts with breakfast, registration, and driving range warmup at 7:30 AM followed by the 9 o’clock shotgun start. A luncheon, silent auction, and awards presentation along with a Golf Fore Africa program and Q&A session with the pros will begin at approximately 1:30 PM. Golf Fore Africa is a 501(c)3 corporation and all donations are tax deductible. For more information about registration and sponsorships please visit the event section at www.golfforeafrica.org