SAN DIEGO ZOOMS AS NEXT STOP OF PGA TOUR AND USA NETWORK YOUTH CLINICS
FOURTH CLINIC OF 2003 CONTINUES TO HELP SPREAD THE GAME OF GOLF
San Diego , CA , Jan. 27, 2003 – San Diego and the Buick Invitational serve as the next stop of the 2003 PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics. 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 participating at the Pro Kids Golf Academy (February 4th) in San Diego, CA and The Vineyard at Escondido in Escondido, CA on (February 3rd) includes five weeks of 1 1/12 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 Feb. 11, an exhibition at the Torrey Pines Golf Course will showcase shot-making skills and trick shots, as well as Tiger Woods' former coach Rudy Duran. 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). Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable are the local cable affiliate sponsors of the program.
Early round live coverage of the Buick Invitational can be seen Thursday and Friday, Feb. 13-14 (3 PM Live ET/Noon Live PT) on USA Network. Bill Macatee and Peter Kostis, golf television's longest-running announce team, 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 $700 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 82% of all U.S. homes, and is seen in 86 million U.S. homes. The USA Network Web site is located at www.usanetwork.com.
USA Network is a program service of 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.
The MGAA (www.mgaa.com), has been conducting clinics for more than 10 years. The clinics are focused not only on introducing and teaching the game of golf, but also teaching life skills, such as self-discipline, academic achievement and self-reliance.
Contact: Tom Caraccioli