PGA TOUR & USA NETWORK YOUTH GOLF CLINICS KICK OFF CENTRAL
NEW YORK'S B.C. OPEN AS TIME WARNER CABLE LENDS A HELPING HAND
Endicott, NY, June 27, 2003 – Known nationally for its harsh, snow-filled winters, the beauty of Central New York exists in its bucolic summers and abundance of avid golfers who take advantage of area tee times like bees on honey. The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics will learn that enthusiasm firsthand as the national program makes its way to Endicott. The clinics precede and run adjacent to the B.C. Open. 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 300 multicultural kids from the Boy's & Girl's Clubs of Western Broome, Binghamton, Tioga, Wyoming Conference Home and Urban League will take place at The First Tee of Links Hiawatha Landing from July 7-August 8. 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 July 15, an exhibition at the En-Joie Golf Club will showcase shot-making skills and trick shots by the Billy McGolf Show. 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, First Tee and the Multicultural Golf Association of America (MGAA).
Time Warner Cable is the local cable affiliate sponsor of the program.
Full-round of coverage of the B.C. Open can be seen Thursday-Friday, July 17-18 (4 PM Live ET/4 PM PT) and Saturday-Sunday (3 PM Live ET/3 PM PT) on USA Network. Bill Patrick and John Cook call the action from the 18th tower, Mike Hulbert in the 16th tower with Paul Marchant and Phil Blackmar reporting from the course.
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 $740 million for charity since 1938, the first year such records were kept. The PGA TOUR's web site address is
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 81% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in nearly 87 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com.
USA Network is a program service of Universal Television Networks, part of the 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.
||Dr. Maureen Condon