Golf Industry Unites for Disaster Relief
September 25, 2001
Charleston, SC - The golf industry is responding to the tragedy of September 11 with a relief effort initiative, On Course America -Golf Unites for Disaster Relief, October 19-21. Participating golf courses across the United States will donate proceeds from rounds of golf played during that weekend to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Events scheduled during other dates in October, as well as individual contributions, may be included in the overall effort.
The National Golf Course Owners Association developed the On Course America concept in direct response to the desire of its membership to assist the relief efforts in some way. "The NGCOA was overwhelmed by the response from our members to this tragic event," said Mike Hughes, NGCOA executive director. "All were looking for some way to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts. On Course America will give golf course owners and operators a vehicle for making a significant impact on the relief efforts."
Tim Finchem, commissioner of the PGA TOUR, Ty Votaw, commissioner of the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Steve Mona,CAE, CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), pledged their support for On Course America. Each will utilize the full resources of their organizations to encourage their members and the golfing public to take advantage of this opportunity.
"Individuals and organizations alike have been looking for some way to contribute to the ongoing relief efforts," Finchem said. "On Course America will give course owners and operators, as well as golfers across America, a vehicle for making a significant impact on the relief efforts. We encourage the golfing public to take advantage of this great opportunity to join friends and family at their local courses and contribute to the great work of the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund."
Additionally, the PGA TOUR -owned Tournament Players Clubs will designate a portion of revenues generated during the On Course America weekend to go to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund.
"On Course America is an excellent way for the golf community to do its part to support the September 11 relief effort," Votaw said. "We are encouraging our members of the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division and the players on the LPGA Tour to work to have their home courses participate in this valuable initiative. We are proud to be a part of this industry effort to benefit a worthwhile cause."
"The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America is honored to join its golf industry brethren in this worthwhile effort," Mona said. "We are asking our members to encourage their facility' s participation in the project. It is a worthy activity that will complement what we as an association and our members have committed to the relief efforts thus far."
A web site, www.oncourseamerica.com, will be launched September 26. Courses participating in On Course America can register and provide information about their contributions. Golfers can also log on to the site and search for participating courses in their area.
On Course America - Golf Unites for Disaster Relief is a unified effort of the NGCOA, PGA TOUR, GCSAA and LPGA. For more information visit www.ngcoa.org, www.pgatour.com, www.lpga.com, and www.gcsaa.org.
Wendy Saari, NGCOA
Chris Smith, PGA TOUR
Leslie King, LPGA
Jeff Bollig, GCSAA