Augusta National donates $500000

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Augusta National Golf Club, the home of the Masters Tournament, will donate $500,000 to the Tiger Woods Foundation, said club chairman Hootie Johnson in an announcement Tuesday.
 
'At Augusta National, we continue to support those organizations that are equipped to make informed decisions on the use of the donations for the good of the game,' Johnson said. 'The Tiger Woods Foundations mission is to initiate and support community-based programs that promote health, education and welfare of all of Americas children. Tigers commitment to serve as a role model in this mission will have a huge influence on Americas youth and the future of the game of golf.'
 
'I never expected this, and I am thrilled that Augusta National has come through in support of the Tiger Woods Foundation in such a big way,' said Woods, who established the foundation in December 1996. 'I believe that their contribution will send out a message about the commitment in golf for meaningful change, and it will encourage others to follow their example.'
 
Woods, a two-time winner of the Masters, earned his first green jacket in 1997 by a record 12 strokes, setting the tournament record of 270. He captured the title again this past season to become the first player to win all four professional majors in succession.
 
Augusta National has pledged over $3.5 million to charity in 2001, including $1.25 million to the CSRA Foundation, an Augusta-based charity, and $1 million to the national First Tee program.
 
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