"When I learned about the new G2 Academy, I immediately wished it had been around when I was a junior golfer. This kind of training program designed exclusively for female athletes would have helped me achieve so much more at a young age. I would have loved to have had other girls with the same interests and passions to train with as a junior golfer. I am truly excited for these girls and believe in the mission of G2. I support The G2 Academy because there should be equal opportunities for boys AND girls that want to play golf at a high level."
Kerr joins G2 to support the first all-girls junior golf boarding academy’s mission of creating a female-centric environment for elite junior golfers to train while teaching empowerment and leadership off the course.
Kerr is passionate about supporting The G2 Academy, and believes programs designed exclusively for female athletes are overdue. “I am excited to be involved with the first all-girls junior golf boarding academy. I look forward to forming relationships with the students and serving as a positive influence as they pursue their dreams of collegiate and professional golf.”, states Kerr.
Her success as a junior and amateur have inspired Kerr to commit to supporting the new all-girls program. Kerr won the 1994 Junior Orange Bowl International Golf Championship and the 1995 Women’s Western Amateur. She was recognized in 1995 as the AJGA Junior Player of the Year, played in the 1996 Curtis Cup, and was Low Amateur at the 1996 Women’s U.S. Open.
Through the partnership, The G2 Academy students will have the opportunity to interact with Kerr face-to-face and go inside the ropes during practice rounds of specific LPGA Events.
“We are so thrilled to have Cristie as part of our team,” states Ray Travaglione, G2 Founder and CEO. “Her support for the G2 model and incredible history as a player, activist, and entrepreneur make her a great partner for this new all-girls academy and role model for our students,” he adds.
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About Cristie Kerr
Cristie Kerr was born and raised in Miami, Florida although her family is originally from Long Island, NY. Cristie began playing golf at the age of 9 and quickly established herself as a prodigy. She was the top ranked player in the state of Florida playing on the men’s team, from the same tees. Cristie also had one of the most successful amateur careers in the history of the sport.
Cristie joined the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Tour in 1997. Since her maiden victory in 2002, Cristie has been one of the top players in the game, accumulating 20 victories, including winning the 2007 U.S. Women’s Open, 2010 LPGA Championship, 9 Solheim Cup selections, 3 Wendy’s Three tour victories, over 170 top ten finishes and career earnings over $19 million, 3rd all time in LPGA history and the top earning American of all time. Cristie became the top earning American Solheim Cup point earner at the 2017 Team USA victory in Des Moines, IA.
In 2010, Cristie became the first American to reach #1 in the Official Rolex World Golf Rankings when she won the LPGA Championship by a record 12 shots. Cristie was ranked #1 three times during 2010 and she spent a remarkable 410 consecutive weeks ranked in the top ten. In 2011 Cristie was honored with the Muhammed Ali award for Sportsperson of the year and has won 2 ESPY's for Female Golfer of the Year.
Cristie is also a passionate breast cancer activist, having witnessed her mother, aunt and godmother battle the disease. In 2003, she founded the non-profit organization Birdies for Breast Cancer, which raises money and awareness to fight the disease and has personally raised over 3 million dollars. For her efforts, Cristie was presented with the prestigious Komen Award in 2006 to honor her personal contribution to the fight against breast cancer. In 2010, Birdies for Breast Cancer partnered with Jersey City Medical Center to create the region’s most comprehensive center specializing in women’s health issues. The Cristie Kerr Women’s Health Center offers breast cancer screening and treatment programs and is the first center of its kind to treat uninsured women. The center has treated over 25,000 patients since opening in 2010.
In addition to golf and her philanthropic efforts off the course, Cristie expanded her entrepreneurial skills by partnering with Pride Mountain Vineyards in Napa Valley to create Curvature Wines. Curvature Wines offer vintages 2006-2014 cabernet sauvignon and a 2009 - 2014 chardonnay. The 2007 Cabernet was served at the White House in 2012 and the wines are featured in some of America’s top golf clubhouses and restaurants. Proceeds from the sale of Curvature Wines benefit breast cancer research.
In 2015 Cristie launched Kerr Cellars, a limited production fine wine collection with award winning winemaker Helen Keplinger. The Reserve, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc wines were received with rave reviews and scores in the 90's, with the 2013 Reserve receiving 98 points on its initial vintage. Wine Spectator named Cristie Kerr wines “Winery to Watch” in 2016, and Cristie recently passed her introductory level Sommelier exam.
Cristie is a brand ambassador for Lacoste, MGM Resorts, Richard Mille, Liberty National, and Double Cross Vodka.
Cristie is married to Erik Stevens and has a 6 month old son Griffin and a 5 year old son, Mason, and lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.