Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament set for Nov. 1 at La Cumbre CC

Staff Report

The 24th Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament will be held at La Cumbre Country Club on Nov. 1, the Ladies Professional Golf Association Amateurs, Santa Barbara Chapter, has announced.

In past years the charity golf event was known as the Bobbie Kline Breast Cancer Awareness Tournament. The tourney was started by the Executive Women’s Golf Association (EWGA); Bobbie Kline, a local nurse and golfer, was one of the event’s founders.

Kline has since passed away, and since 2010 the tournament has been dedicated in her name. The EWGA is now governed by the LPGA Amateur Golf Association, a strictly volunteer group.

All of the event’s golf registration spots have been sold out, but there are numerous donation opportunities upon which the LPGA Amateurs Santa Barbara rely heavily in reaching this year’s $50,000 fundraising goal. To date, LPGA Amateurs, Santa Barbara Chapter, has donated $200,000 to the cause.

All proceeds from the tournament go directly to recipients: the Breast Imaging Center at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and the Breast Cancer Resource Center of Santa Barbara (BCRC). For years, these local centers have been providing valuable services to those being treated for and recovering from breast cancer.

Because of these resources, local breast cancer patients learn how to take control of their lives, and how to advocate for themselves and make informed decisions regarding their health care during treatment.

“Generous donations to Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation from the LPGA Amateurs golf tournament have supported the acquisition of … equipment and technology, which allows the hospital to provide the highest quality breast care for patients in our community,” said Tanya Gonzales, philanthropy officer for the Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital Foundation.

“The LPGA Amateurs, Santa Barbara Chapter, has been supporting the Breast Cancer Resource Center since 2010 by raising funds through their Chip in for the Cause Golf Tournament,” said Armando Martinez, director of donor engagement, BCRC. “Over the past years they have donated a total of $93,827 to help support BCRC programs and services.”

Donation opportunities include:

  • Corporate sponsorships: Packages available range from $250-$10,000 or more.
  • Gifts-in-Kind: Items (goods or services) will be auctioned and raffled at the tournament. If you are unsure what to give, contact Bonnie Crouse, or to discuss options.
  • Monetary donation: Monetary donations can be made by visiting