LPGA Solheim Cup Join Katrina Relief Efforts

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2005 Solheim CupCARMEL, Ind. -- While the stage is set for this week's Solheim Cup, a celebrated and historic competition in the world of women's professional golf, the LPGA and tournament organizers recognize the immense suffering in the Gulf Coast region and have implemented several initiatives to raise money for the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund. The U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund combines the efforts of all the major U.S. golf organizations with a goal of raising $5 million for the relief efforts.
 
The Solheim Cup, which has been sold out since February, will now offer 3,000 previously unavailable passes for Sunday, Sept. 11, the final day of competition at $40 each. All proceeds from the sale of the Sunday-only passes will go directly to the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
 
This week, we are celebrating one of the most anticipated events in women's golf, but at the same time, thousands upon thousands of Americans are enduring inconceivable tragedy and loss, said Kelly Hyne, The Solheim Cup tournament director. That fact has not been lost on the players, staff and community of Indianapolis. We wanted to do something this week that would contribute to the relief efforts and allow the fans to take part.
 
Although The Solheim Cup has been sold out for several months, we can accommodate an additional 3,000 fans on Sunday due to the schedule of 12 matches that can spread the crowd over many holes, giving us the potential to raise $120,000 for the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund through that initiative alone.
 
These special Sunday-only passes will be sold at the front gate on Sunday morning. Fans interested in purchasing these tickets should follow signs for general parking to the lot adjacent to Coxhall Gardens, where they will then be directed to a lot designated for Sunday-only passes.
 
In addition, collection points will be set up at the main entrance of The Solheim Cup, allowing those who have already purchased tickets and are in attendance throughout the week to contribute to the relief efforts.
 
Prior to the formation of the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund on Friday, Sept. 2, the LPGA encouraged all of its constituents'LPGA Tour players, Teaching and Club Professional members, staff and tournament organizers'to contribute to the relief efforts through The LPGA Foundation. All donations received that are earmarked for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts will be consolidated into one donation to the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.
 
Leadership for the U.S. Golf Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund is being provided by the PGA TOUR, LPGA, PGA of America, USGA, the Masters Tournament and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. The fund will operate in the same manner as the U.S. Golf Tsunami Relief Fund did earlier this year and will focus on providing relief directly to the people involved in the disaster, rather than any type of infrastructure support. Within this parameter, the ultimate use of the funds will be determined in consultation with former Presidents George Bush and Bill Clinton, who will once again head up relief efforts at the request of President George Bush. It is intended that the U.S. Golf effort will expand the ultimate scope of the Bush-Clinton Katrina Fund.
 
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