by Marc Young
published on Wednesday, October 11, 2006
The Professional Golfing Association of America announced the
donations to members of its Golf: For Business & Life program in
September, and ASU was among those awarded.
PGA announced a sum of $50,000 that will likely go to the
Professional Golf Management program at Polytechnic campus. The
donation was announced in conjunction with the 36th Ryder Cup,
played in Ireland Sept. 22-24.
PGM Director Curt Hudek said the money will fund more opportunities
to introduce new individuals to golf.
The U.S. Ryder Cup members were given $200,000 each. Half was
designated to the Golf: For Business & Life program and the other
half kept as a reward for playing in the cup, said Hudek, also a PGA
Team member Phil Mickelson is the tributary for the ASU donation,
but he split the $100,000 difference between ASU and the University
of San Diego.
PGM is one of seventeen schools accredited with the PGA, which is a
"Ninety-five percent of the people who have graduated from our
program are working in either a golf shop or as an assistant
professional, managing a golf shop, said Internship Coordinator and
PGA Member Geoff Huston.
Huston said about three people from the program are playing
Mickelson, a U.S. team member and ASU alumnus, said, "[The] program
is an outstanding way to help grow the game and at the same time
introduce or reinforce an important asset for young businessmen and
According to a release from the PGA, Mickelson's total donation to
the institution is more than $200,000.
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