Inaugural Pinwheel Cup golf occasion to assist youngster abuse prevention

March 16 – Safe Harbor Children’s Center will partner with Frederica Golf Club and the Coastal Coalition for Children next month to host the first ever Pinwheel Cup.

Scheduled for April 27, the Pinwheel Cup will bring golf enthusiasts, community members, executives and PGA Tour professionals together in a friendly competition similar to the Ryder Cup. The aim of the event is to raise funds to prevent child abuse in the Golden Isles.

Davis Love III and Harris English will serve as “honorary team captains” of the first Pinwheel Cup.

“We are thrilled to have the support of two of our local PGA Tour professionals, Davis Love III and Harris English, for this incredible event,” said Michael Kaufman, chairman of the event. “A two-time US Ryder Cup captain and the winner of the Sentry Tournament of Champions 2021 as captains of honor for the (first) Pinwheel Cup will help make this a very unique and special tournament for many years to come.”

The Pinwheel Cup will be attended by two teams of 18 golf pairs representing the Safe Harbor Children’s Center and the Coastal Coalition for Children. Each pair is paired up against a pair on the opposing team to endure head-to-head in an 18-hole handicap match.

The front 9 holes are a best single point ball format, the back 9 holes are a modified alternative shot format with one point, and the entire 18 hole match is worth an additional point. The team values ​​are calculated as the sum of the individual points of the two.

The winning organization will keep the Pinwheel Cup Trophy until the tournament of the following year and will take home additional prize money for their organization.

“I’m thrilled that two nonprofits like Coastal Coalition for Children and Safe Harbor can come together and work together on a fundraiser like the Pinwheel Cup to prevent child abuse and neglect in our community,” said Cathy Willis Spraetz, executive director of the Coastal Coalition for children.

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The Pinwheel Cup will support a full range of programs and services designed to break the cycle of child abuse in this community.

Over the past year, both Safe Harbor and the Coastal Coalition for Children have had tremendous struggles in the community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Families are at increased levels of vulnerability, including fear of illness, job loss, and financial challenges.

These stressors can lead to a breakdown in family unity, often leading to an increased incidence of child abuse, neglect and homelessness.

“Without a doubt, the Pinwheel Cup promises to change the lives of abused, neglected, and vulnerable children and adolescents across Coastal Georgia,” said Leslie Hartman, executive director of Safe Harbor Children’s Center. “The Pinwheel Cup provides an enhanced ability to inspire and engage a wide range of individuals and businesses, small to large, in support of life-changing programs and services.”

For more information, visit or call Keith Fenton, the event director at 912-267-6000.

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