Heart disease awareness day has special meaning for golfer Hannah Burke.
The 29-year-old English pro had multiple open-heart surgeries when young to correct congenital heart defects.
When she learned Manulife LPGA Classic organizers intended to observe June 9 as heart disease awareness day, she was eager to contribute.
"I just read about it earlier this week and said 'that's pretty cool,'" Burke said.
Organizers encouraged golfers, staff members, and spectators to wear red in observance of heart disease. Said Burke, "I'll be wearing red with pride."
Burke's first heart surgery came when she was just eight days old.The second came before her third birthday.She went on to enjoy a normal childhood that included field hockey, soccer, and climbing trees.
And golf, of course.Burke joined the junior tour at age 10 and played for Texas's Baylor University in NCAA Division 1 golf.
Her first pro victory came at the Tipsport Golf Masters in Czechoslovaka two years ago.
Observant fans have noted Brompton Fountain's logo on Burke's golf bag.Brompton Fountain is a charity that supports families whose children are under treatment for heart and lung problems at British hospitals.
Burke shot a 4-over 76 in first-round play but hopes to rise among the crowded field.
"I'm pretty easygoing.I've not had a good day today but it's a nice day to be out here, isn't it?You can't really complain too much about it," she said. "There are a lot worse places you can be and I know that for sure, from what I've went through and what I might go through again in the future.While I'm fit and healthy, I want to do as much as I can."