Cristie Kerr has been named winner of the 2016 Charles Bartlett Award, given to a player for unselfish contributions to the betterment of society by the Golf Writers Association of America.
Kerr, 38, founded Birdies for Breast Cancer in 2003 after her mother, aunt and godmother all battled the disease. Seven years later, the foundation partnered with the Jersey City (N.J.) Medical Center to create the Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center. Breast cancer screening, diagnostic testing, and treatment programs are made available to all women, regardless of their financial abilities, and since it opened in 2010, more than 10,000 procedures have been performed.
“I am both honored and humbled to recognized by the GWAA with the 2016 Bartlett Award and so grateful to the many media members who have helped call attention to our efforts to help fight breast cancer,” said Kerr, now in her 20th season on the LPGA.
“There is still so much work to be done in breast cancer research and prevention, and I will continue to use my platform as a golfer and wine-maker to raise money and awareness for women battling the disease.”
Kerr, an 18-time winner on the LPGA, will receive her award at the 44th ISPS Handa GWAA Annual Awards Dinner on April 6 in Augusta, Ga. Former winners of the Bartlett, named for the former Chicago Tribune writer who served as the first secretary of the GWAA, include Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Tom Watson, Greg Norman, Val Skinner, Betsy King, Lorena Ochoa, and last year’s winner, Morgan Pressel.