Barbasol Championship Charity Golf Tournament This Friday

Dan Koett


The Barbasol Championship’s 2020 Charity Golf Tournament will be played this Friday at Champions at Keene Trace, located at 20 Avenue of Champions in Nicholasville.

Event will Support the Caddie127 Partner Charities

The tournament, sponsored by Central Bank, Davis H. Elliot Company, Lexus of Lexington, Studio46, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and UK HealthCare begins with a 12 p.m. shotgun start. The tournament welcomes spectators and admission is free to the public. Refreshments will be available for purchase and all guests are asked to practice social distancing and to wear a mask when unable to be at least six feet away from other spectators #MaskUp.

While professional golf is on hold in the Bluegrass until next summer, the charitable arm of the Barbasol Championship, Caddie127, has remained active supporting the five local charities it has been partnered with for the past two years. The charities include All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation). Barbasol Championship and the PGA TOUR will honor the newly launched First Tee Greater Lexington organization.

“Despite not hosting our annual PGA TOUR golf tournament, we felt it was imperative to continue supporting our local philanthropic community and the children and families they serve,” said Bryan Pettigrew – Tournament Director of the Barbasol Championship. “The critical services and programs these organizations provide to those most in need, are counted on now, more than ever.” 

Touring PGA golfers Wes Roach, Morehead State’s Josh Teater, and former Wildcats Chip McDaniel and Stephen Stallings, Jr. will all be on hand to help teams with their drives throughout the day.

Pettigrew said the tournament and Caddie127 will donate over $200,000 to the Kentucky charities in 2020. “We are truly blessed to live in a community where supporting those most vulnerable and those most in need remains a priority in spite of all the challenges, we all currently face.”



About the Barbasol Championship:

The 2021 Barbasol Championship is a PGA TOUR event that will be played July 15 – 18, 2021 at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club in Nicholasville, Kentucky, a suburb of Lexington. Champions is an Arthur Hills designed golf course conveniently located one hour from Cincinnati and Louisville. The Barbasol Championship provides its winner with 300 FedEx Cup Points and a two-year PGA TOUR exemption and a trip to the PGA Championship. The 2019 winner of the Barbasol Championship was Jim Herman.


About Caddie127:

The Barbasol Championship’s charitable arm, Caddie127, reflects the biblical principle from James 1:27 “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Just as Caddies and their players support one another, so will Caddie127 support local philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children. 2020 charitable partners include All God’s Children, Kentucky Children’s Hospital (UK HealthCare), the Kentucky Region of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Refuge for Women, and the Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation).


About All God's Children: 

All God’s Children provides care and support to young mothers and their children and families. Through Christ-centered ministries, our non-profit organization offers safe, temporary shelter and programs which address their physical, emotional, education and spiritual needs. By offering sufficient support and life skills, we believe that young women can move beyond challenging circumstances to become loving parents and productive citizens.


About Make-A-Wish Foundation: 

Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Our vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child.


About Refuge for Women:

Refuge for Women is a non-profit, faith-based organization providing specialized long-term care for women who have escaped human trafficking or sexual exploitation. With multiple locations across the U.S., Refuge for Women offers up to twelve months of safe housing, at no charge to the resident, with around the clock care as clients progress through evidence-based, trauma-informed programming. The compassionate staff is trained to help residents work through the program to reclaim their identities and reach their goals to overcome addictions, heal from trauma and develop life skills leading to healthy, balanced living and financial independence.


About University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital:  

Kentucky Children’s Hospital – part of University of Kentucky HealthCare – is more than a hospital. It’s a promise to provide the most advanced care for kids across the Commonwealth. Our team of doctors, nurses, therapists, surgeons, and specialists are devoted to one thing: getting kids back to being kids again.


About Woodhill Community Center (Lexington Leadership Foundation): 

Together Lexington Leadership Foundation (LLF) and the MAP Foundation, seek to address many of the present needs in Woodhill through the building of a 20,000 square-foot facility which opened in May 2018. The Woodhill Community Center focuses on ACADEMICS, ARTS and ATHLETICS for the community’s urban children, youth and families expanding the number we serve with this permanent location.


About First Tee Greater Lexington:

First Tee Greater Lexington is a Kentucky non-profit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character and instill life-enhancing values through the game of golf. FTGL opened its doors in 2020 and seeks to reach young people on golf courses, other youth-serving locations and in elementary schools located in Clark, Bourbon, Fayette, Jessamine, Madison, Scott and Woodford Counties. First Tee’s national headquarters are in St. Augustine, Florida, USA, with programs in all 50 United States and select international locations.