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PGA TOUR Wives team with PGA of America spouses, Kohler to promote literacy

August 13, 2015

Reposted courtesy of PGA.com.


SHEBOYGAN, Wis. -- In celebration of the 2015 PGA Championship, the PGA of America Spouses and PGA TOUR Wives Association joined forces today with PGA REACH and the Kohler Co. at Bookworm Gardens – a local garden space that promotes youth literacy and learning – to garden for a great cause. 

Bookworm Gardens is divided into six areas – called Gateways – that are organized by theme. During this morning's event, Nina Kohler, wife of David Kohler, General Chair of the 2015 PGA Championship and Kohler Co. President & CEO, led the participating organizations in building a garden space that tells the story of "Connor the Caddie," a new, limited-edition children's book written by local author Ulrich Koberstein and illustrated by his wife, Christina Koberstein. The children's book is available at Bookworm Gardens, The Emporium at The American Club and Wisconsin Trader at the Shops at Woodlake Kohler. 

The participating organizations were guided by Jennifer Sprague of the PGA of America Spouses and Kate Rose of the PGA TOUR Wives Association. This is the third year these groups have lent their time to positively impact a PGA Championship host site. In 2013, the organizations constructed a Habitat for Humanity home for a deserving family in Rochester, N.Y. Last year, the wives partnered with Blessings in a Backpack to plant gardens that would be utilized in the program, feeding underserved schoolchildren in Louisville, Ky. 

"Through the combined efforts of the PGA of America Spouses, PGA TOUR Wives Association, Kohler Co. and PGA REACH, we are so pleased that the 2015 PGA Championship will leave a positive legacy in our host community," said PGA President Derek Sprague. "The PGA of America is thrilled to be a part of this special event, which will impact the lives of children for years to come." 

Funds raised by PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America, during the 2015 National Car Rental PGA REACH Charity Pro-Am, which was held in June at Whistling Straits, aided in supporting this year's collaborative project. Additional proceeds from the charitable golf event benefited four Southeast Wisconsin organizations – Bookworm Gardens, PGA HOPE with the Wisconsin PGA Foundation, the Caddie and Leadership Academy, golf programs in Sheboygan County Schools and PGA Junior League Golf. In the book, one of the famed Scottish blackface sheep that roams Whistling Straits-young Connor-dreams of becoming a caddie in the 2015 PGA Championship. 

The 18-scene book is cleverly structured to mimic the 18 holes found on a golf course and is full of colorful artwork depicting Connor's adventures. In addition, a replica Whistling Straits Clubhouse was constructed to complement the garden. 

"Our intention was to commemorate the positive impact the PGA Championship has brought to our community, to honor the artistry of my father-in-law, Herb Kohler and his dear friend Pete Dye, and to create a wonderful learning space for the children and families of Sheboygan County,” said Nina Kohler. "It has been an honor and a pleasure to work with the talented and passionate people involved with this project, from the designers and craftsmen to the PGA TOUR Wives, the PGA of America Spouses and PGA REACH. Our hope is that this space will serve in bringing joy to those who visit it and introduce children of all ages to the wonderful game of golf." 

"We are thrilled to be partnering with the PGA of America Spouses, PGA TOUR Wives Association, Kohler Co. and PGA REACH," said Elizabeth Wieland, Executive Director of Bookworm Gardens. "Bookworm Gardens is a place where children can see books come to life and embrace the magic of reading, and the support of these organizations means our gardens will continue to grow and inspire young minds."

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