On Saturday July 24, during The Amundi Evian Championship 2021, a trio of wonderfull women from the world of golf, Reeve Nield, coach on the Tour, Laurette Maritz and Cecilie Lundgreen, former professional golfers on the Ladies European Tour, were awarded The Prize for a Better Tomorrow presented by Rolex.
This international prize rewards the commitment of three women from Zimbabwe, South Africa and Norway respectively, for the work of their Eyes4Zimbabwe association which they founded in 1996 to restore sight to Zimbabweans suffering with cataracts. This disease affects a large part of the population, from 6-month-old babies to the elderly. To start with, Eyes4Zimbabwe concentrated on surgery for this illness but rapidly expanded its scope to work more closely with the population in areas as varied as medical treatments, education, nutrition, and on a more fun level, taking part in sport, including golf of course. The winners of The Prize for a Better Tomorrow presented by Rolex have received financial support to continue to further their initiatives.
THE 2021 CEREMONY
This award was symbolically presented by Lorena Ochoa live from Mexico. In 2019, The Prize for a Better Tomorrow presented by Rolex was awarded to this global golfing legend and Rolex testimonee for her dedication to The Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation, which she founded to provide opportunity for underprivileged children and adults near Guadalajara and more broadly to families from minority communities in the USA.
"Since 2019, on the occasion of The Amundi Evian Championship, each year The Prize for a Better Tomorrow presented by Rolex celebrates initiatives linked to women’s world golf with the most societal impact and that stand for the values shared by the women’s major and the watchmaker - excellence, generosity, continuity and inspiration. The international prize shines a light on the commitment of individuals and organisations linked to women’s golf, who defend a cause and implement actions that improve and reinvent the future."
Discover the presentation film of Eyes4Zimbabwe: click here.
THE PRIZE FOR A BETTER TOMORROW
In 2019, Rolex and the tournament’s organization team wanted to create a prize that would be awarded each year during the tournament. This international distinction rewards initiatives linked to women’s golf worldwide which have a positive societal impact and share the common values of Rolex and the tournament: excellence, generosity, continuity and inspiration. It shines a light on the commitment of individuals and organizations who have ties to the world of women’s golf, who champion a charitable cause and implement actions that improve and reinvent the future.
Each year, Rolex, one of the tournament’s historic partners, provides the chosen initiative with financial support to enable it to further its development.
For its second edition, the 2021 winner will be announced at a prize-giving ceremony held during the week of The Amundi Evian Championship.
LORENA OCHOA, 2019 WINNER
Former women’s golf number 1, Lorena Ochoa, was the first recipient of the prize for the creation of her “Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation.” The prize was awarded by Lindsey Vonn, the most successful women's skier in the world, and rewarded the Mexican player for her involvement in the education of underprivileged children in Mexico.
Shortly after turning pro in 2002, Lorena Ochoa pledged to provide financial support to a Mexican school for underprivileged children near Guadalajara. She then became involved in creating her own foundation which aims to provide opportunities to minority communities in the USA through health, education and to golf activities as part of social inclusion programmes.
Alongside her professional career, the player who topped the women’s Rolex Golf rankings for 158 consecutive weeks, winning 30 titles, has also been successful in implementing a project that “gives children the education they deserve and helps them to obtain the strength and ability of being able to dream”.
Discover the presentation film of The Lorena Ochoa Golf Foundation: click here
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