River Garden donor wins THE PLAYERS Championship’s ‘Birdies for Charities’


River Garden donor Gerry Bettman was the winner of THE PLAYERS Championship’s “Birdies for Charity” program, guessing the exact number of birdies – 1,429 – made during the 2017 tournament.

Bettman also had the closest answer to the tiebreaker question – how many balls would be hit into the water on the 17th hole – winning $5,000, which he donated to River Garden.

Through the Birdies for Charity program, participants can enter to win the $5,000 prize by making a $20 donation to participating charities, entering as often as they like. Bettman made his donation at the 21st Annual River Garden Classic held April 25 at Deerwood Country Club.

In addition to the $5,000 prize, THE PLAYERS Championship puts up a $250,000 bonus pool to be divided among the participating charities, based on the percentage of entries each organization received.