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RR Donnelley

Hi Everyone,

I knows it taken me nearly a week to update you guys on last week. I'm sorry. It has been a hectic week to say the least and to top it off I typed out a whole blog the other night and as I went to post it, I somehow deleted it. Technically savvy, I am not!!

So last week...what a special tournament! Our commissioner, Mike Whan, spoke to us at a players meeting last year about a concept that while showcasing our present stars we would celebrate our past, especially our Founders, and invest in our future by donating money to the USGA-LPGA Junior Girls Golf. After a commitment from a new sponsor to the LPGA, we announced the RRDonnelley Founders Cup.

The result of that was a 54 hole tournament that we played for no prize money but instead were able to donate $500K to junior girls golf and the top 10 players that week got to donate between them $500K to charities of their choice. Besides that I think the really cool part was to really recognize our Founders. Three of our living Founders, Louise Suggs, Shirley Spork and Marilyn Smith attended for the week and it was great to be able to sit and catch up with them. I really don't think we celebrate them enough, especially in recent years. I hope a lot of the younger players got to meet them and hear some of their great stories.

As for the actual tournament, I took awhile to get going. On Saturday through the turn I was only at 1 under. I was 11 shots behind Angela Stanford and not really thinking about winning. A big back 9 got be to 6 under for the tournament, still 6 back but close enough to give it a run. Going into Sunday, I just wanted to play well and see how much I could make for my charity, the Christopher and Dana Reeve Paralysis Foundation (CRPF). By the time I made the turn, I was 1 shot back, although I didn't realize it at the time because I didn't see a leader board till the 12th. By then I was tied for the lead. From there my competitive juices kicked in and winning my main focus. I got into the clubhouse, shooting a 6 under 66 final round. I had to wait to see how Britney Lincicome finished. She played well on Sunday but ended up bogeying the last to finish 1 shot back from me.

Winning this tournament is such an honor. To be able to win with 3 of our Founders looking on was awesome. Also it was very special because I was able to donate $200K to my charity. In the end I decided to donate half to CRPF and then the second $100K to Peace Winds Japan which is aiding in the relief efforts in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami. The Japanese people and Japanese companies have been very supportive of me throughout my entire career. I feel for them right now in what they are going through. Designating this money to help them through this is the least I could do.  

So now I'm sitting here waiting to get ready for my second round at the Kia classic this week in LA. We have had a bad week with weather. We had a 3 hour delay this morning so I don't go till 3pm this afternoon. Finally I had a bit of time to do my blog!! :)

Hopefully this great run will continue!

Take care
Karrie



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