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Comcast Helps Bring Clinics To L.A. Area

Pacific Palisades, CA, Feb. 7, 2003 - The fifth PGA TOUR/USA Youth Golf Clinics of the 2003 season heads for the hills of Los Angeles preceding the adjacent to the Nissan Open.  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 from the Urban Youth Golf Program, along with the Carson California Parks & Recreation Department will take place at the at the Dominguez Hills Golf Course and Chester Washington Golf Course in Los Angeles from Feb. 10-March 14. 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 Feb. 18, an exhibition at the Chester Washington will showcase shot-making skills and trick shots by Dennis Walters, as well as an appearance by Tiger Woods' former coach Rudy Duran. The final clinic week includes a golf challenge competition, graduation ceremony, 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 live coverage of the Nissan Open can be seen Thursday and Friday, Feb. 20-21 (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.


Contact: Tom Caraccioli                             
USA Sports
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