May 2, 2023
Chevron raised a total of $2,950,000 for benefiting partners in diversity, inclusion, education and the local community at the 52nd edition of The Chevron Championship which took place for the first time at new home The Club at Carlton Woods in The Woodlands, Texas.
The first LPGA major of the season took place this week in The Woodlands, where America’s Lilia Vu beat Angel Yin in a one-hole play-off to claim her maiden major title and make history as the championship’s first winner at new venue.
The Chevron Challenge on the 17th hole was designed by Chevron to highlight the importance of diversity and inclusion from early education to careers. This initiative saw Chevron donate $10,000 for every birdie over the first three days, $100,000 per birdie on the final day and $1,000,000 for the first hole-in-one. There were 69 birdies on the 17th hole over the four championship days totalling $2,950,000. On the Saturday, three-time major winner In Gee Chun delivered the first hole-in-one on the 17th hole. Chun said, “Right after I pick up the ball, then I saw the screen. I saw the number was big change, so I talked to my caddie Dean: Dean, I think I helped a lot of people because I just saw the number go really big. The number changed a lot. Then my manager Justine came to me and then she explained, so then I got goosebumps.”
The money raised will be distributed amongst featured partners: National Society of Black Engineers, Techbridge Girls, Fab Foundation, KPMG Foundation, LPGA Foundation, Girls Golf of Greater Houston, Catalyst, Brothers in Arms, and the Women in Golf Foundation.
Josetta Jones, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Chevron commented: “This has been an incredible week of welcoming The Chevron Championship to its new home here in Houston. Everyone has embraced the move with open arms, and we couldn’t be more thankful for the local community’s support. We are thrilled to be able to give back to our featured partners in diversity, inclusion and education through our championship initiatives and we look forward to building on this inspiring platform in years to come.”
In addition to The Chevron Challenge, the proceeds from the Merchandise Tent will be committed to increasing opportunities for girls and women in golf. Proceeds from The Dream Big Collection will be donated to Chevron’s LPGA Foundation initiatives to support women’s and girls’ golf and change the face of the game, and proceeds from The Trophy Collection will be used to carry-forward Dinah Shore’s legacy by funding the Chevron Dinah Shore Scholarships annually through the LPGA Foundation.
Throughout the week, Chevron hosted a variety of engaging activities off the course for the benefit of spectators, charities, and the local community. Hosted by past champion Amy Alcott, the Junior Legacy Pro-Am took place on the Wednesday and saw 16 local junior female golfers play alongside some of the greatest players in LPGA history. Brittany Lang finished top of the legends portion while 16-year-old Jasmine Do won the junior competition.
With the aim of inspiring the next generation of golfers, Chevron, in partnership with the LPGA Foundation, hosted two career panels aimed at local female high school students ages 14-17 and collegiate athletes from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to encourage them toward becoming the next generation of leaders in business in golf.
As part of their commitment to provide support to grassroot golf programs and make a difference in the local community, Chevron collaborated with the LPGA Foundation and Girls Golf, to host a special Girls Golf Clinic and behind the scenes tour sponsored by St Luke’s Health, which gave young girls from diverse backgrounds the opportunity to learn more about a major championship and learn the 5 E’s of Girls Golf (Enrich, Energize, Empower, Engage, Exercise).