Major Golf Groups To Provide Tsunami Relief


The major U.S. golf organizations have announced the creation of the U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund to help with recovery and rebuilding efforts following the catastrophic tsunami that ravaged 11 Pacific-rim nations last month.
The PGA Tour, LPGA, USGA , the PGA of America and the Masters have joined hands in creating the fund.
'It has been a sobering experience to witness the devastation and destruction following the tsunami of December 26,' said Tim Finchem, PGA Tour commissioner. 'Golf is a global sport, and now, we, in the United States, must provide assistance on the global stage. Through the U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund, our players, tournaments, many of the major golf organizations in the United States and the membership of our Tournament Players Clubs are uniting to help the shattered region begin its recovery process.'
'With so much destruction, so many lives lost, our players were quick to ask the question posed by countless others across the globe: What can we do to help?' said LPGA Commissioner Ty M. Votaw.

'The tragic events of December 26th are not easily overlooked by any who have seen the images and heard the stories from Southeast Asia,' said Fred S. Ridley, president, United States Golf Association. 'We have been saddened by the tragic loss of life and horrendous destruction, and are compelled to reach out, together with our members and volunteers, as part of the global effort to support the families of the victims of this tragedy and those who survived.'
'While we are half a world away, the devastating images in the aftermath of the tsunami disaster have touched all of us,' said Roger Warren, president of The PGA of America. 'It is heartening to see the U.S. golf community come together in order to assist the massive rebuilding effort that lies ahead for the nations affected by the natural disaster.'
Through the combined efforts of all involved, the U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund hopes to generate $2 million for the cause.
The U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund also recognizes the efforts of the International Relief Golf Fund that was recently launched by the European Tour. Sir Michael Bonallack, the former Secretary of the Royal and Ancient, will be the Chairman of the International Relief Golf Fund.