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Jarvis Greer

Eagles For St. Jude Scores Big for Hospital

How 'Bout $2.5 Million for St. Jude?

Golfers on the PGA and LPGA Tours helped raise more than that for the Childrens' Research Hospital based here in Memphis.

The Actual Figure is $2-Million, 577 Thousand, 263. Dollars and 40 cents.

That's the amount raised by the Pros in the Eagles for St. Jude program started by Stanford Financial.

More than 15-Houndred Eagles were made on the pro tours last season..

Headlining the Donations are Vijay Singh, the FedEx Cup Champion with $300 Grand.

Cup Runnerup Camillo Villegas with $50-thousand...and Morgan Pressel of the LPGATour with $30 Grand.

Morgan Pressel teared up when announcing her participation.

"I think about it all the time someone makes an eagle, how we're helping these kids. Maybe some of the other girls don't realize how much it helps."

Villegas, who hails from Columbia, was captivated by the care children from all over the world receive at St. Jude.

"Golf has been very good to me and now its time to give back. Every par 5 I'm trying to make an eagle for St Jude."

And Singh, who helped start the program at the urging of Stanford Financial last season, had this to say. 

"It's the best cause I can ever think of. My visit last year touched me in a different way. Next year I'm going to try and do more in my power to help get other players to support this."

Both Singh and Villegas say they'll pledge even more next year, and will play in The Stanford St. Jude Championship June 8-14 at the TPC at Southwind.

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