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Houston, Texas, March 24, 2003 - It is said things in Texas are "bigger n' better." The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics will find out this week as the Lone Star State hosts the youth-orientated program in the Houston area. The clinic precedes and runs adjacent to the Shell Houston Open. This program is the initiative of the PGA TOUR and USA Network in which 29 clinics spanning coast-to-coast are scheduled to eventually introduce the game of golf to over 10,000 youths nationwide in 2003.

The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics with 300 multicultural kids from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston and Salvation Army, Park & Recreation of Houston and Houston Inner City Games will take place at the Houston Law Park Golf Club and Bear Creek Golf World from April 14-May 16. The clinics include five weeks of 1 1/2-hour sessions with each participant receiving a golf shirt, golf balls and hat. Each day, participants will learn and practice the fundamentals of the game of golf. On April 22, an exhibition at the Redstone Golf Club will showcase shot-making skills and trick shots by Dennis Walters. The final clinic includes a golf challenge competition, graduation ceremony, food and beverages, as well as awarding trophies and certificates. Two youngsters will receive golf scholarships and all participants receive mini-sets of golf clubs.

The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics are designed to introduce youngsters to golf and provide them access to the game, facilities, equipment and instruction. Each clinic is available to children (7-17 years-old) residing within a 30-mile radius of the clinic locale. This event is coordinated through USA Network, PGA TOUR and the Multicultural Golf Association of America (MGAA). Time Warner Cable is the local cable affiliate sponsor of the program.

Early-round of coverage of the Shell Houston Open can be seen Thursday-Friday, April 24-25 (4 PM Live ET/1 PM Live PT) on USA Network. Bill Macatee and Peter Kostis, golf television's longest-running announce team, call the action from the 18th tower.

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Contacts:                        Dr. Maureen Condon           Tom Caraccioli
                                          MGAA                                      USA Sports
                                          (631) 288-8255                    (212) 413-5686 
                                         MGAAINC@aol.com            Tom.Caraccioli@unistudios.com