Grants Totalling $12 Mil Given at Tuesday Tribute


The PGA of America gave $500,000 and the U.S. Ryder Cup team $520,000 for a $1.2 million total to the National Disaster Relief Fund in ceremonies held Tuesday night in San Antonio, Tex.
The pledges were announced during a Tribute to America broadcast live by the Golf Channel at the Fiesta Texas theme park. The PGA Tour plays the Texas Open this week in San Antonio.
Ryder Cup players plus captain Curtis Strange donated $20,000 each for a total of $260,000. The sponsoring PGA of America gave a matching $260,000. In a separate gift, the PGA of America gave the extra half a million dollars. The Ryder Cuppers gift came from a fund of $100,000 per player the PGA of America earmarks for charity.
The PGA Tour had already given $2 million to the relief effort after canceling two tournaments that week. Ryder Cupper Hal Sutton also said tournaments have donated $350,000, and PGA Tour players have given $400,000.
Commissioner Tim Finchem said the National Golf Course Owners Association has set aside the weekend of Oct. 19-21 to give a percentage of its greens fees to the cause. Courses are expected to give $2-4 million from the weekend.
Altogether, the donations make up $6-8 million to the relief effort.
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