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Wayne, MI, July 14, 2003 – Michigan serves as the 15th state and 24th stop in which the PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics have introduced area youths to the game of golf. The clinics precede and run adjacent to the Buick 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 YMCA, Pal, and the Mayor’s Time program will take place at the Woodlands Golf Course from July 21-August 22. 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 29, an exhibition at the Warwick Hill Golf & Country Club will showcase shot-making skills and trick shots. 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). Comcast is the local cable affiliate sponsor of the program.  

Early-round of coverage of the Buick Open can be seen Thursday-Friday, July 31-August 1 (4 PM Live ET/4 PM PT) on USA Network. Bill Patrick and Jim Gallagher Jr. call the action from the 18th tower with Mike Hulbert reporting from the course. 

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