CHARITY BEGINS ON THE LINKS

This year’s Chick-fil-A Charity Championship, hosted by Ladies Professional Golf Association Hall of Famer Nancy Lopez, generated a record $604,000, a 20 percent increase over the1999 event.

As they say in Acworth, Ga., that ain’t just chicken feed.

The money will go to WinShape Homes, a foster care facility, and Adventures in Movement for the Handicapped (AMH).

The Atlanta golf tournament broughtthe charitable dollars raised by the LPGA to more than $2 million since Chick-fil-A became a signature sponsorin 1995.

WinShape Homes is a long-term foster care program created by Chick-fil-A founder and chief executive officerS. Truett Cathy. Facilities are located in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and Brazil.

AMH is a Dayton, Ohio-based nonprofit group that employs music and movementto help improve the mobility of handicapped individuals.

More than 1,500 volunteers contributed time and talent to the event, which was held at Eagle’s Landing Country Club in Stockbridge, Ga.

The winning golfer was Sweden’s Sophie Gustafson in her first LPGA tournament victory.