At 32, Ironman triathlete Molly Barker’s struggles with alcohol abuse and addiction inspired her to start a Charlotte, N.C.-based program to help young girls navigate life experiences.
Since then, Girls on the Run has grown into a national program impacting more than two million girls. Girls on the Run Coastal Georgia is one of Club Car’s charitable partners benefiting from the golf cart and utility vehicle manufacturer’s annual sponsorship of a Korn Ferry Tour event in Savannah, Ga.
The annual Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club in March raised more than $400,000 in donations for Girls on the Run and other Savannah-based charitable organizations.
“At the core of the Club Car Championship at The Landings Golf & Athletic Club is raising funds to make a lasting positive impact in the greater Savannah community and beyond,” tournament director Cheyenne Overby said in a news release.
Club Car has been sponsoring the championship for three years in partnership with Korn Ferry through the PGA Tour. The 2023 amount is the largest single-season donation in the history of the Korn Ferry event.
Girls on the Run uses a team setting with volunteers and coaches to build participants’ social and emotional skills. The program also uses running and other physical activities with life development skills to enable girls to develop confidence.
Other benefiting charities of the Club Car Championship include: Savannah CASA, EmployAbility GA, First Tee Savannah, Folds of Honor, America’s Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia, Landings Land Lovers, Park Place Outreach and The Landings Military Family Relief Fund.
Club Car was acquired by Platinum Equity in 2021. Founded in 1958, the Club Car product portfolio has grown to include much more than golf cars, now encompassing vehicles for commercial and consumer markets. Club Car is committed to electrification and sustainability initiatives and is at the forefront of zero emission vehicle technologies.