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Phil Mickelson makes big donation on behalf of PGA

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 member.

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 not-for-profit organization.

"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 professionally.

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 women."

According to a release from the PGA, Mickelson's total donation to the institution is more than $200,000.

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