PGA Donates Money to Centenary for Golf: For Business and Life Program
Monday, September 27, 2004

BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.— At the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup in Bloomfield Township, Mich., The PGA of America announced that U.S. Ryder Cup Team captain Hal Sutton has chosen Centenary College of Louisiana to receive $100,000 to fund its "Golf: For Business & Life" Program. Sutton and the 2004 Ryder Cup Team members have designated a combined PGA of America contribution of $1.3 million to 14 colleges and universities across the country to fund Golf: For Business & Life classes.

The Golf: For Business & Life program offers Centenary juniors, seniors and graduate students the opportunity to learn the basics of the golf swing, etiquette, and most importantly, how to use golf as a business tool regardless of their chosen careers. The classes are taught by PGA professionals and also feature business leaders who are asked to address students on how golf has enhanced their business.

“These players make the Ryder Cup one of the most exciting events in sports,” said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. “In addition to competing for their country, the players are also able to make a difference by giving back to charities in various communities and supporting the growth of the game through Golf: For Business & Life.”

Since Golf: For Business & Life was established in 1999, The PGA of America has contributed $4.5 million to this national program, which has expanded into 52 universities nationwide reaching more than 14,000 students. The program is run by The PGA of America as part of its national growth of the game campaign called “Play Golf America.”

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 PGA Professionals — men and women — who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.