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LPGA FOUNDATION AWARDS FIRST RENEE POWELL GRANTS DURING DRIVE ON CHAMPIONSHIP

Joanna Coe, PGA Set to Be First Female to Compete in the State Open of Virginia

By PGA
The State Open of Virginia is one of the biggest golf tournaments played in Virginia year-in and year-out. Some of golf’s biggest names have won the event including Sam Snead, Chandler Harper, Bobby Cruickshank, Keith Decker, Vinny Giles, and Lanny and Bobby Wadkins. With such a storied past, it is not often history is made in this event anymore. That will change this year as Joanna Coe, PGA will be the first female to compete in the tournament in its 96-year history.
Joanna Coe is originally from Mays Landing, New Jersey and boasts an impressive playing career. She attended Rollins College in Winter Park, FL where she was a four-time All-American, winning the 2008 Division II Individual and Team National Championships as a Freshman. After a decorated college career, she played professionally on the Symetra Tour before becoming a PGA Professional. She has continued her great play as a PGA Professional as she was named the 2019 PGA National Women’s Player of the Year, played on the U.S. Women’s PGA Cup Team, and is a 4-time winner of the MAPGA Women’s Player of the Year. She is currently the Assistant Director of Instruction at Baltimore Country Club in Timonium, MD.
Her illustrious playing career has led her to be the first female to compete in the State Open of Virginia and she is no stranger when it comes to playing with the guys.
“It [the longer yardages] is a more comfortable yardage for me anyway. It frees me up to hit driver and hit it hard and that’s more of the player I am rather than laying up and being conservative,” says Coe. She will look to hold her own in this historic event as she tees off in Round 1 on Thursday at 1:30. “I’m just looking forward to playing competitive golf again. I like to challenge myself in a new place and I love seeing how I can manage and shoot some good scores at a place I’m not familiar with.”
She qualified for the event as an exempt player by being in the Top-10 of the 2019 MAPGA Player of the Year Points and also for making the 2020 PGA Professional National Championship field. The Middle Atlantic PGA and Virginia State Golf Association are excited to have her in this year’s field. The tournament will take place at Ballyhack Golf Club in Roanoke, VA on July 16-18.

Celebrate Responsibly on the Golf Course with Tips from Steph Curry and PGA Jr. League Players

By PGA

 

The return ‘Back2Golf’ has golfers wondering how to celebrate responsibly while still practicing social distancing with their playing partners.
Thankfully, PGA Jr. League ambassador Steph Curry and players from the PGA Jr. League have a few tips.
Curry suggested thumbs up & fist pumps in a PSA released earlier this spring and the players took it a step further by sending in video submissions to keep up the celebrations on the course.

More than 500 College Students Participate in Inaugural PGA WORKS Virtual Workshop

By PGA

 

  • Rachel Melendez Mabee – PGA WORKS Program Specialist, PGA of America
  • Lamell McMorris – PGA REACH Trustee, CEO Perennial Strategy Group, Founding Principle of Greenlining Realty USA
  • Dee Robinson – PGA REACH Trustee, CEO of Robinson Hill
  • Nerissa Robinson – Diversity and Talent Manager, PGA TOUR
  • DeAngelo Simmons – CEO and NBA Certified Agent, BDS Sports
  • Bill Whaley – National Director of Operations, PGA TOUR
  • Suzy Whaley – President, PGA of America
“The essence of this workshop was to engage students in career development programming and consultation with expert insight and mentoring from leading business, golf and sports leaders,” said Scooter Clark, PGA, Manager of the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship. “Given the unique circumstance of having to hold this workshop via live stream on YouTube, we were thrilled to engage over 500 students throughout the day who not only listened to the panelists intently, but interacted by asking questions and exchanging information about their career goals and expectations.”
“During these unsettling times, college students are very concerned about their future career options. It was important for us to help alleviate their stress while reinforcing the breadth of opportunities in all sectors of the golf industry,” said Sandy Cross, Chief People Officer, PGA of America. “This approach enabled us to reach beyond the 190 student-athletes we annually host on-site at the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship. The new-look career workshop presented an opportunity for students to engage with fellow future business leaders while connecting with executives to share their expertise and experiences in both the business and golf world.”
Cross added, “For this inaugural event, we could not have been happier with the number of participants. The interactive nature of the workshop helped inspire these students and provide great perspectives on career readiness, networking and opportunities.”

2020 Charles Schwab Challenge to Feature Charitable Program Supporting National Pandemic Relief and DFW Community

By PGA
The PGA TOUR is set to return with the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge, held at the iconic Colonial Country Club from June 11-14 in Fort Worth, Texas. In association with the tournament and in light of the unprecedented times in which it is being held, Schwab and the PGA TOUR today announced a new charitable platform, “Rise to the Challenge,” which will raise money to benefit the TOUR’s COVID-19 Relief Fund nationally and the tournament’s Birdies for Charity fund in Dallas-Fort Worth.
As previously announced by the PGA TOUR, the rescheduled Charles Schwab Challenge will be the first tournament to be played since March, and will restart the 2020 PGA TOUR schedule. It will be held without spectators on site, but will be broadcast nationally to a televised audience on the Golf Channel and on CBS Sports.
“This tournament is associated with some of the greatest names to play the sport and Charles Schwab is honored to help continue its tradition,” said Jonathan Craig, senior executive vice president, Investor Services & Marketing at Charles Schwab. “It is fitting that this tournament, with its rich history, will mark an early step for the country as it begins its cautious recovery from the pandemic. Though the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge will understandably operate differently than originally planned, our commitment to the tournament, its fans and the Dallas-Fort Worth community remains unwavering.”
‘Rise to the Challenge’ Charity Raffle
Beginning Monday, June 8, golf fans can go to schwabgolf.com to make a monetary donation and be entered into a raffle to win prizes — including autographed memorabilia from some of the game’s biggest stars along with unique once-in-a-lifetime golf experiences. Winners will be announced online during the tournament and PGA TOUR players will support the program with special digital and social media content from Colonial throughout the week.
On-site fans typically have an opportunity to interact with players and seek autographs at tournaments. With fans not attending this year’s event, Schwab’s program connects fans with the game while raising money for charities at a time when it is most needed. The Rise to the Challenge raffle will feature:
  • A chance to win VIP access to the 2021 Presidents Cup at Quail Hollow Country Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, and receive a 2019 Presidents Cup pin flag signed by captains Tiger Woods and Ernie Els
  • Signed golf memorabilia, donated from every player at the 2020 Charles Schwab Challenge
  • Walk inside the ropes with Suzy Whaley, president of the PGA of America, during the 2021 PGA Championship
  • A custom wedge fitting directly from Bob Vokey, one of the world’s foremost wedge designers, at the Titleist Performance Institute in Carlsbad, California
  • A round of golf at Bandon Dunes in Southern Oregon with course architect, David Kidd
  • A round of golf at Sweetens Cove Golf Club outside Chattanooga, Tennessee, with course architect, Rob Collins
  • A round of golf with a PGA TOUR pro at the Colonial Country Club
All donations from the program aid the TOUR’s COVID-19 relief efforts and the 33 local charities the tournament traditionally helps benefit through Birdies for Charity.
“As the country begins to look ahead to a new and meaningful celebration of the game of golf – as well as our nation’s perseverance – our goal is to refocus our efforts as title sponsor to help extend the tournament’s impact in the community,” added Craig. “We are proud that Rise to the Challenge will help us do just that by raising money to support these critical national and local charitable efforts — and also help us bring some amazing golf prizes to some lucky folks watching at home.”
Charles Schwab & Co. signed on as title sponsor of the PGA TOUR’s Fort Worth Invitational at Colonial Country Club in 2018. Already a major sponsor of the PGA TOUR and PGA TOUR Champions, the firm’s four-year agreement marked its first-ever title sponsorship of a PGA TOUR event. Schwab continues to grow rapidly in the Metroplex where its new 70-acre campus in Westlake will eventually become home to the firm’s corporate headquarters.
For more information on the tournament and its Birdies for Charity program, visit www.schwabgolf.com and www.charlesschwabchallenge.com. Visit pgatourcharities.org for more on the PGA TOUR’s COVID-19 Relief Fund.

Whaley Breaks Down ‘Back2Golf’ Three-Phased Approach on Morning Drive

By PGA

PGA of America President Suzy Whaley joined Anna Whitley on the Morning Drive Wednesday to break down the three-phased approach of ‘Back2Golf.’
The ‘Back2Golf’ plan outlines operational guidelines for golf’s 16,000-plus facilities that adhere to nationally established protocols and best practices.
Whaley also spoke about the Golf Emergency Relief Fund, the PGA Championship and the 2020 Ryder Cup.
Check out the entire segment below.

Golf Emergency Relief Fund Delivers Over $4 Million in Phase 1 Grants

By PGA
In the face of overwhelming need from workers across the golf industry suffering hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Golf Emergency Relief Fund has awarded over $4 million to more than 3,300 individuals seeking assistance during Phase 1 of the initiative. Registration limits were reached within 24 hours after the fund was opened on April 15. Phase 1 financial assistance included $500 in basic need grants; and up to $1,500 for critical needs grants.
The Golf Emergency Relief Fund is managed by E4E Relief, an independent, third-party nonprofit, and was initiated by the PGA of America through a lead pledge of $5 million and a matching fund for gifts by third parties of up to $2.5 million.
An additional $1 million for the fund will be donated in connection with yesterday’s “The Match: Champions for Charity” ($500,000 from the PGA TOUR, matched dollar-for-dollar by the PGA of America’s already established matching fund). This is in addition to the PGA TOUR’s previous donation to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund from the “TaylorMade Driving Relief” event.
The fund is providing grants to certain industry workers, including golf association members, employees of local/state golf associations, caddies and certain professionals playing on developmental tours to help offset COVID-19 related financial hardships, such as living and medical expenses.
Starting on Wednesday, May 27, eligible workers will have the opportunity to apply for Phase 2 grants of up to $3,500. Individuals receiving grants through the first phase will be eligible to apply for grants in the second phase but the maximum amount an individual can receive in aggregate from the first and second phase is $3,500. Those who were denied during Phase 1 are still eligible to apply for Phase 2.
The second phase will have a longer application process and distribute grants as reviewed and approved by E4E Relief on a rolling basis. Documentation needed will vary based on the type of expenses requested. Although Phase 2 is a needs-based analysis and not the same process as Phase I, grants will be approved on a rolling basis. Accordingly, applicants are encouraged to submit early in the process, and make all requested expense-related documentation available to E4E Relief as soon as possible.
“As evidenced by the incredible demand, the need is critical,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We will continue to turn to our friends both in and outside of golf who love the game for their generous and immediate financial support.”
The PGA’s contribution to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund included every member of the executive leadership team voluntarily reducing their compensation, and additionally, personal donations from members of the Board of Directors have been pledged. The effort is also being supported in various ways by a number of industry organizations, including the PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, National Golf Course Owners Association and the Association of Golf Merchandisers.
For more information and to make a charitable contribution to the Golf Emergency Relief Fund, visit Relief.Golf.

2002 PGA Champion Rich Beem Playing to Raise Funds for Golf Emergency Relief Fund

by PGA

The PGA Championship holds a special place in the heart of 2002 winner Rich Beem & he’s celebrating the championship this week by playing 72 holes to raise money for the Golf Emergency Relief Fund.
Beem posted a video to his Instagram Monday to share just how special his bond with the PGA Championship is and how he’s stepping up to help those affected by COVID-19.
Since he’ll have to wait until August to tee it up at TPC Harding Park, Beem will play spend his week playing four rounds at UT Golf Club in Austin, Texas, and donate $50 for every birdie & $100 for every eagle he makes.
To learn more about the Golf Emergency Relief Fund, visit https://relief.golf/.
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Woods, Mickelson, QBs to Donate $10 million to Virus Relief

By Associated Press

 

HOBE SOUND, Fla. (AP) — The next match involving Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson involves a $10 million donation for COVID-19 relief efforts, along with plenty of bragging rights in a star-powered foursome May 24 at Medalist Golf Club.
Turner Sports announced more details Thursday for “The Match: Champions for Charity,” a televised match between Woods and Peyton Manning against Mickelson and Tom Brady.
Medalist is where Woods plays when he’s at home. Manning and Brady said they have played there before — Manning running out of golf balls before reaching the 18th, Brady posting a 106.
The format will be better ball for the front nine and modified alternate shot on the back nine, meaning both players hit tee shots and they take turns from there.
It will be simulcast on May 24 at 3 p.m. EDT on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN, along with pre-match coverage available on the Bleacher Report app.
WarnerMedia and the four players will collectively make a charitable donation of $10 million to benefit various relief efforts locally and nationally. Turner said the match includes a partnership with the “All In Challenge,” an initiative that provides food for those in need.
Mickelson beat Woods in a playoff under the lights in Las Vegas over Thanksgiving weekend in 2018. This time, they are bringing in two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks to add to the entertainment.
The announcement came with a video interview by TNT’s Ernie Johnson of the four players, in which Brady said he wanted Woods as a partner until Manning’s father called to switch the teams.
The match will be held one week after live golf returns to television for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the PGA Tour and other tours around the world. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson will play a charity match against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff at Seminole Golf Club, one of Florida’s most famous courses that will have a televised event for the first time.

Catch Up With PGA WORKS Collegiate Golfers Abigail Willcoxon & Ziggy Nathu

By Charles Dillahunt

 

PGA WORKS recently had virtual chats with a pair student-athletes from the Collegiate Championship who have had success at the event to discuss what separates the championship from your average college golf tournament.
PGA WORKS is a strategic initiative, designed to diversify the golf industry’s workforce. It’s signature event, the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, annually hosts diverse student-athletes attending HBCU’s and other minority serving institutions for championship play at PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fl.
Ziggy Nathu of The University of British Columbia was the 2019 Men’s Individual Division champion. He won the event by making a forty foot eagle putt on the first playoff hole. Now a professional on the Vancouver Golf Tour, hear how the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship prepared him to become a professional golfer.
Abigail Willcoxon is a senior golfer at the University of Texas A&M Kingsville, the 2019 runner up in Women’s Team Division. Hear what her thoughts are on the event, and what it takes to have success in this Championship.
For more on the PGA WORKS Collegiate Championship, visit PGAWORKSCollegiate.org.