My First Tournament in Making Birdies for Education!

by Brandon Wu

Pebble beach, what a spectacular venue for my fourth PGA start as a professional, but more importantly my first tournament in making Birdies for Education! I was quite excited to return to Pebble Beach, where in June I played the US Open, missing my Stanford graduation and receiving my diploma Sunday as I stepped of the course! Good memories. 

My partner for the week was former Secretary of State and Stanford Professor Dr. Condoleezza Rice. We started our tournament at the challenging Spyglass Hill course. I didn’t have my best iron game as I only hit 10 greens, however, chipped phenomenally and ended up scoring well for a 3 under 69. 

My partner for the week was former Secretary of State and Stanford Professor Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

The second round was at beautiful MPCC Shore course, a property that shows off the stunning shoreline of 17 Mile Drive. I started hot making birdies on holes 2-4, eventually turning at 4 under. Despite a chunked wedge shot into a bunker and a missed 3 footer, I was able to finish strong for a round of 5 under! On to Pebble Beach…

Beautiful day at Pebble Beach with some windy conditions. I was off to a poor start including making an 8 on the famous 18th hole, however, was able to shoot -1 on the front nine after turning to make the cut by 1… Tough day but an awesome learning experience on how to buckle down and grind out the last 9 and make the cut. Highlight of the day was Dr. Rice rolling in a long putt on the 15th hole and then again on the 18th! Fun to hear the crowd roars and amazing to watch!

Sunday was another tough day condition wise as the wind picked up for this final round. Despite finishing bogey-double, I played solid for most of the day and ended up moving up a couple of spots with a 2 over 74. Highlight of the day was eagling the second hole after hitting it 8 feet, capped off by rolling in a tricky putt! Can’t complain as Pebble Beach is such an awesome experience and it’s always a treat to play. Fun week with Dr. Rice and excited for what’s to come next!

PRESS RELEASE: Brandon Wu Joins Maverick McNealy in Birdies for Education Fundraising Campaign

Stanford Teammates to Support EdTech Non-profit Curriki.org

CUPERTINO, Calif., February 3, 2020—Curriki, the CODiE award-winning education technology platform, today announced that professional golfer Brandon Wu has joined Maverick McNealy’s Birdies for Education (B4Ed) fundraising campaign. Birdies for Education, which has raised $485,000 to date, was created in 2019 by PGA Tour player Maverick McNealy to raise funds for edtech non-profit, Curriki.org. Through Birdies for Education, golf enthusiasts and education advocates pledge to donate for each birdie McNealy, and now Wu, make throughout the season.

“I want to thank everyone who has contributed to Birdies for Education and welcome my former Stanford University Golf teammate, Brandon, to the Birdies team,” said Maverick McNealy. “Brandon shares my passion for learning and giving back, so it was a natural fit to invite him to join the Birdies for Education mission. Together, we will crush our fundraising goal of $1M in 2020.”

Birdies for Education, Maverick McNealy

 “We are thrilled to welcome Brandon Wu to Birdies for Education. Maverick’s leadership has built Birdies into a fundraising powerhouse for Curriki,” said Keith Kostrzewski, CEO, Curriki. “These two young men are so impressive on and off the course, driven to bring impact well beyond the game they play. With their passionate support for bringing high-quality learning experiences to all kids, we will make a difference in education one putt at a time.”

“It is so important for all kids to have a solid educational foundation so they can discover their passions and pursue them, just as I have,” said Brandon Wu, professional golfer. “I am honored to be part of  the Birdies for Education fundraising campaign with Maverick.”

Both Maverick and Brandon started the 2020 calendar in impressive fashion. Maverick just had a career-high PGA Tour finish at the Farmers Insurance Open, finishing -8, placing 15th. This performance followed a nice start to the season at the The American Express, where he finished in 37th at  -13. McNealy currently sits at #71 on the FedEx Cup Leaderboard.

Wu also had a very strong performance at Farmers, where he held the Tournament lead on Friday, at -7. Brandon finished – 1 and placed 55th.

About Brandon Wu

Brandon had an illustrious amateur career, highlighted in 2019 by winning the National Championship with Stanford and the Walker Cup with the US team. He was also the first amateur to compete in both the US Open and The Open since 1967. Since turning professional, he’s had a great start to his young career, making his first three cuts on the PGA Tour and finishing T17 at the Houston Open. Learn more about Brandon.

About Curriki

Curriki, an SIIA CODiE Award Winner, is a reliable, trusted resource for quality education materials. It’s flagship site, Curriki.org, hosts a free library of learning materials in all K-12 subject areas and in many formats—from individual lesson plans, instructional videos and units, to games and simulations. All content contributed by educators and select partners is available to educators, parents, and students for use, adapt, and share at no cost.

Join today at www.curriki.org.

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