Southwest Greens Chicago Joins Ronald McDonald House Fundraiser

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“Bagpipes & Blues” Attendees to Challenge PGA Pro Chip Beck on Specially-Produced Southwest Greens Putting Green

A state-of-the-art Southwest Greens putting green provided by Southwest Greens Chicago will be installed for an anticipated 2,000 VIP guests to have the rare opportunity to putt against PGA Pro Chip Beck at the Magnificent Moments fundraiser “Bagpipes & Blues” at Chicago’s legendary Field Museum.

The Magnificent Moments campaign helps kids and families through both Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) and the Illinois PGA to celebrate the Ryder Cup kicking off in Chicago Thursday, Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

“Bagpipes & Blues” is the official Pep Rally for United States and European fans on the evening before the Ryder Cup Matches begin. In addition to a premium bar, elegant strolling food stations, parking and the sounds of Chicago Blues music and Scottish Bagpipes, guests will have the opportunity to putt against PGA legend Chip Beck, one of only five golfers in PGA Tour history to score 59 in an 18-hole tournament. Guests will also meet former WPGA Pro Dottie Pepper and the first 50 guests to score a hole-in-one will receive a signed copy of her latest book, “Bogey Tees Off (Vol 1. – A Lesson About Being Truthful).”

“We’re honored and humbled to be able to support the Ronald McDonald House Charities in this important local event,” said President, Southwest Greens International, Kyle Ehman. “To install the first-ever putting green in Chicago’s iconic Field Museum is also a thrill.”

Southwest Greens International provides synthetic putting greens that are low maintenance, longer-bladed and that exhibit natural ball roll and ball speed control. Leading the industry in both technology and installations, Southwest Greens’ synthetic putting greens exhibit a lifelike quality with natural appearance and playability and continue to be recognized by amateur and professional golfers alike. For more information on Southwest Greens, visit their websites at:, and the Southwest Greens Facebook page.

About Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI):
The mission of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana (RMHC®-CNI) is to improve the health, well-being and education of children through our four core programs:

  • Our 4 Ronald McDonald Houses provide a “home away from home” to keep families close while their children are being treated at a nearby hospital.
  • Our Ronald McDonald Family Room program provides hospitality in the heart of Edward Hospital.
  • Ronald McDonald Care Mobile, in partnership with Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital, provides essential health services to children in underserved areas in a mobile environment.
  • Our Scholarship Program provides $4,000/year renewable scholarships to academically outstanding, community-minded and economically challenged young people.

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About the Illinois PGA Foundation
The Illinois PGA Foundation serves as the charitable arm of the Illinois Section of The PGA of America, a working association of 850 dedicated golf professionals in Illinois who make golf their vocation and giving back their passion. These men and women understand the critical difference golf can make in the lives of children by sharing the inherent values of honesty, integrity, and confidence, and encouraging sound physical fitness. Their Foundation promotes this goodwill of the game with an emphasis on activities that benefit youth through education and recreation. To learn more, visit

About Southwest Greens:
Southwest Greens International (SWGI) was founded in Scottsdale, Ariz. in 1996. Today, the company is a multi-million dollar network of more than 90 franchise operations worldwide and is considered the global leader in designing and installing state-of-the-art synthetic turf projects (both Golf and Grass) for residential and commercial use. Recently acquired by Shaw Industries, SWGI's corporate headquarters now operates out of Kennesaw, Ga.

SWGI's product is the preferred putting surface for more than 35 professional golfers on the PGA Tour and LPGA Tour, including Jim Furyk, Sergio Garcia, Annika Sorenstam and Suzann Pettersenas well as avid amateur golfers. SWGI was selected by Nicklaus Design ® in 2004 to produce premium synthetic golf greens for residential customers.

Southwest Greens’ business mix includes the following products:
Southwest Greens - Golf Turf Solutions
Nicklaus Design Golf Greens
Championship Putting Courses
Golf Courses
Driving Ranges
Indoor Golf Greens
Tee Lines    Southwest Greens - Grass Turf Solutions
Residential Play & Playground Areas
Horseshoe Pits
Pet Turf
Indoor Recreational Facilities    

Headquartered in the United States in Dalton, Ga., Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floor covering provider with more than $4 billion in annual sales and 25,000 associates worldwide. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., Shaw is a full flooring provider to the residential and commercial markets. Shaw supplies carpet, rugs, hardwood, laminate, resilient, and tile/ stone flooring products, as well as synthetic turf. As a leader in the synthetic turf sports field market, Shaw Sports Turf has more than 1,000 fields in play.


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