The United States Ryder Cup Team through its captain, Corey Pavin, pledged to play in behalf of U.S. charitable organizations, including students across the country studying in various educational institutions in the upcoming tournament this week in Europe for the 38th Ryder Cup tournament.
The designated charities which will receive a donation of $2.6 million from PGA Tournament Corporation and The PGA of America on behalf of the U.S. Team captain and golfers, will be Play Golf America Universities and Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy.
Each Ryder Cup player together with Cory Pavin, their team captain, will earmark $100,000 to their favorite charities, $50,000 to the selected schools for Play Golf America University planning, and for Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy, another $50,000. The golf academy will hold its initial program in the summer of 2011to help train junior golfers who want to make a name for themselves but don’t have the means to avail of professional training from the PGA.
Ever since the inception of the Ryder Cup Outreach Program in 1999, endowments amounting to $15 million have benefited several charities on behalf of the Ryder Cup team players and Captains.
The 38th Ryder Cup will be conducted Oct. 1-3, at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.
“It is an honor to serve as both as a player and now Captain of my country’s Ryder Cup Team,” said Pavin. “As part of our Team’s commitment to the game of golf and to our communities, we are proud to be able to support charitable organizati ons. That outreach extends to Play Golf America University programs and the newly-created Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy, which will allow juniors who would normally never get the opportunity to experience the finest coaching available.”
Up to the present, more than 29,000 college students have received training from PGA Professional instructors who helped support this program, spanning six U.S. Ryder Cup Teams and Captains starting in the year 1999. One hundred forty-nine charities and 50 colleges and universities have enjoyed the financial assistance so far.
A golf project of PGA America, Play Golf America University is an outreach program to help students train under the auspices of PGA Professional instructors and engage in various golf activities.
“As we prepare for one of the greatest spectacles in golf, we have much to cheer about before any member of our U.S. Team has stepped to the tee,” said PGA of America Pre sident Jim Remy. “We celebrate how these players are impacting the future of the game and benefiting countless thousands touched by wonderful organizations. Such a combination makes the Ryder Cup Outreach Program a tradition that we all can be most proud.”
Ryder Cup rookies Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar said that they were grateful for the impact that they may make by their debut in the Ryder Cup. “It is an honor to represent my country in the Ryder Cup, and the icing on the cake is the opportunity to give back through the Ryder Cup Outreach Program,” said Johnson. “I hope that my contributions to Coastal Carolina University and those whom I reach through the Dustin Johnson Foundation make a small difference in the lives of others.”
Kuchar, a graduate of Georgia Tech University, directed his Play Golf America University donation to the Coastal College of Georgia.”While I am excited about competing on my first Ryder Cup Team, I am equally ex cited about the opportunity to give charitable contributions to causes I really believe in,” said Kuchar. “To represent your country and make an impact on some most deserving foundations is very cool and a unique opportunity.”