PGA TOUR & USA NETWORK YOUTH GOLF CLINICS
IN NEW YORK STATE OF MIND AS CABLEVISION HELPS BRING
THE GAME OF GOLF TO AREA YOUNGSTERS
New York, May 30, 2003 – Billy Joel said it best and The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics have a New York State of mind with the introduction of the 18th youth-oriented program of the 2003 season. The clinic precedes and runs adjacent to the Buick Classic at the Westchester Country Club. The program is the initiative of the PGA TOUR and USA Network in which 29 clinics spanning the United States 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 over 400 multicultural kids from New York's five boroughs and Westchester County include: Mott Hall II School, Owen Dolan School (Manhattan), District 10 School, MS180 School (Bronx), Grads Foundation (Queens), St. Peter's HS for Girls (Staten Island), Teunis G. Bergen PS 9 (Brooklyn) and New Rochelle Parks & Recreation Dept. will take place at the First Tee of Metropolitan New York located at Mosholu Golf Course and Driving Range in Bronx, N.Y. from June 9-July 11. Simultaneously, another clinic conducted by the MGAA at Fairview Golf Center in Elmsford, N.Y. with kids participating from AfroMen of Westchester, Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle and Bill Carter Westchester County Youth Bureau. 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 June 17, an exhibition at the Westchester Country Club will take place before the final clinic. 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.
USA Network and PGA TOUR will host a one-day clinic at Chelsea Piers conducted by the MGAA on June 12 (4-6 PM) with participants from the Westside YMCA.
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, First Tee and the Multicultural Golf Association of America (MGAA). Cablevision is the local cable affiliate sponsor of the program.
Early-round of coverage of the Buick Classic can be seen Thursday-Friday, June 19-20 (4 PM Live ET/4 PM PT) on USA Network. Bill Macatee and Peter Kostis, the longest-running golf announce team on television, call the action from the 18th tower with Jim Gallagher Jr. reporting from the course.
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||Dr. Maureen Condon