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LAS VEGAS YOUNGSTERS HIT THE JACKPOT AS PGA TOUR & USA NETWORK YOUTH GOLF CLINICS ROLL INTO TOWN WITH HELP FROM COX COMMUNICATIONS 


Las Vegas, NV, Sept. 21, 2003 Besides casinos, showgirls and the Strip, Las Vegas is also known for its ever- present passion for golf. The PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinic will do nothing to dispel that passion as area youngsters will learn the game via the nationally sponsored program. The clinics precede and run adjacent to the Las Vegas Invitational. 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 250 multicultural kids from the Southern Nevada Jr. Golf Program and the First Tee of Southern Nevada will take place at the Badlands Golf Club-Monday, Wild Horse Golf Club-Tuesday, Las Vegas National Golf Club- Wednesday, and Las Vegas Golf Club- Thursday from September 29-October 31. 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 October 11 (4 PM), an exhibition at the TPC at Summerlin 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). The MGAA's web site address is www.mgaagolf.org
. Cox Communication is the local cable affiliate sponsor of the program. 

Full-round coverage of the Las Vegas Invitational can be seen Thursday-Saturday, October 8-10 (4 PM Live ET/4 PM PT) and Sunday, October 11 (3 PM Live ET/3 PM PT) on USA Network. Bill Macatee and Jim Gallagher Jr. call the action from the 18th tower.
  
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 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 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.

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Contacts:

Marty Taglioni
MGAA
(631) 288-8255
MGAAINC@aol.com

Tom Caraccioli
USA Sports
(212) 413-5686
Tom.Caraccioli@unistudios.com

Chris Smith
PGA TOUR
(904) 273-3379
Csmith@pgatourhq.com