The Other Side of the Notebook

Kathy Whitworth arrives in Madison Sunday to chair her last Tee Up for Nursing event that raises money for Edgewood College nursing students.

For the uninitiated, Kathy has won more tournaments that anyone, man or women. Her story inspires golfers of all ages.

Doug Moe captured Kathy well in his column in the Wisconsin State Journal today.

At 72, Kathy has a few other activities to focus on although her affection for Edgewood College is so evident in her action during the past nine years.

She has helped raise more than $500,000 for nursing scholarships. During her time with the College, the nursing school has more than doubled in size and it began to offer the state’s only accelerated Bachelor’s of Nursing.

Experts predict a severe nursing shortage as the baby boomers age and the number of nurses and doctors retiring increases dramatically. Many of them are also boomers. Edgewood College and others have been focusing on increasing capacity for nursing education. Interestingly, Edgewood College graduates about the same number of nurses as UW-Madison.