PGA TOUR, USA NETWORK SPONSORING 29 YOUTH CLINICS IN 2003
OVER 10,000 YOUTHS EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE IN TOURNAMENT MARKETS
New York, January 13, 2003 - More than 10,000 youngsters are expected to participate in the PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics, held in conjunction with 29 PGA TOUR tournament markets this year, beginning at the Phoenix Open on January 13.
Introduced at three TOUR events in 2002 by the PGA TOUR and USA Network, these clinics are designed to introduce young people ages 7-17 to golf through access to facilities, equipment and instruction. They also teach the positive values of golf, such as honesty and sportsmanship. Also included in the experience is the opportunity to attend a PGA TOUR event and participate in a clinic conducted by PGA TOUR members.
The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics includes five weeks of 1 1/12 hour sessions that begin one week prior to the PGA TOUR scheduled event. Each participating youth receives a golf shirt, golf balls and hat. Each day, participants will learn and practice the fundamentals of the game of golf. The final clinic includes a golf challenge competition, graduation ceremony, food and beverages, as well as awarding trophies and certificates. Additionally, one boy and one girl from each site will receive a "golf scholarship" to continue their golf instruction, and all participants receive mini-sets of golf clubs.
Clinics will be conducted adjacent to the following PGA TOUR events: Phoenix Open (1/13), Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (1/20), AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (1/27), Buick Invitational (2/3), Nissan Open (2/10), Chrysler Classic of Tucson (2/17), Ford Championship (2/24), Honda Classic (3/3), Bay Hill Invitational presented by Cooper Tires (3/10), BellSouth Classic (3/24), The Heritage (4/7), Shell Houston Open (4/14), HP Classic of New Orleans (4/21), Wachovia Championship (4/28), EDS Byron Nelson Championship (5/5), Bank of America Colonial (5/12), Kemper Open (5/26), Buick Classic (6/9), FedEx St. Jude Classic (6/16), 100th Western Open (6/23), Greater Milwaukee Open (6/30), B.C. Open (7/7), Greater Hartford Open (7/14), Buick Open (7/21), Denver-area (7/21), Deutsche Bank US Championship (8/18), Las Vegas Invitational (9/29), Chrysler Classic of Greensboro (10/6) and Chrysler Championship (10/20).
The Multicultural Golf Association of America (MGAA) will help the PGA TOUR and USA Network facilitate the majority of clinics, while the World Golf Foundation's First Tee program will be involved in others.
The MGAA (www.mgaa.com) has been conducting clinics for more than 10 years. The clinics are focused not only on introducing and teaching the game of golf, but also teaching life skills, such as self-discipline, academic achievement and self-reliance. The First Tee is a World Golf Foundation initiative dedicated to providing young people of all backgrounds an opportunity to develop, through golf and character education, life-enhancing values such as honesty, integrity, sportsmanship and respect.
The PGA TOUR is a tax-exempt membership organization of professional golfers. More than 120 events are being contested on the three tours in 2003, for approximately $290 million in prize money. In addition to providing competitive opportunities for its membership, TOUR events also generate significant sums of money for charity. TOUR events have raised nearly $700 million for charity since 1938, the first year such records were kept. The PGA TOUR's web site address is www.pgatour.com
USA Network is cable television's leading provider of original series and feature movies, sports events, off-net television shows and blockbuster theatrical films. USA Network is available in 82% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in 86 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com.
USA Network is a program service of Universal Television Group (www.universalstudios.com), a division of Vivendi UNIVERSAL Entertainment (VUE), the U.S.-based film, television and recreation entity of Vivendi Universal, a global media and communications company.
Contact: Tom Caraccioli