North Carolina-Wilmington is putting an even bigger emphasis on birdies this season. The Seahawks have launched a fundraiser called “Birdies for Kaitlyn” in honor of Derek Brown, a UNCW standout in 2001-04.
Brown’s daughter Kaitlyn has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and money raised through the team’s birdies will fund necessary upgrades to the Brown family’s house. The Seahawks are asking for donations per birdie throughout the season, or a flat donation. Total number of birdies will be announced after each tournament.
UNCW will compete in 11 regular-season tournaments in the 2013-14 season, beginning with the Tar Heel Intercollegiate on Sept. 14-15.
“We want to be birdie-making machines for Kaitlyn and the Brown family,” head coach Matt Clark said. “This is a tremendous opportunity to help a former player, as well as learn more about cerebral palsy. Once a Seahawk, always a Seahawk. That is what I teach and words that I want to become a reality here.”
Brown won three collegiate titles in addition to the 2002 North Carolina Amateur. In the spring of 2004, Brown was named the recipient of the Thomas V. Moseley Award as UNCW’s top-student athlete. In 2005, he became the first Seahawk golfer to qualify for the U.S. Open, played that year at Pinehurst No. 2.
The Seahawks have started a Twitter hash tag to follow the fundraiser’s progress: #birdies4kaitlyn.