Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PGA of America Making Donation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

PGA of America Making Donation

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It was a stormy process that began last August, but the PGA of America has responded.

Citing unnamed sources, a report on Golfweb said the organization that runs the Ryder Cup will donate $200,000 to charity in the names of each U.S. member on the 1999 team. Half of that will go to the charity of the players' choice, and the other half will go to the development of golf in their hometown area, such as First Tee programs.

PGA of America officials would not respond directly to the report, but said specifics would be released "after the holidays."

Some U.S. team members, such as David Duval of Ponte Vedra Beach, Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Mark O'Meara, said the PGA of America should donate some money in players' names to charity, especially after a Golf Digest report that showed revenues from the Ryder Cup would exceed $63 million, and profits $20 million. None of the players asked to be paid directly for competing in the event, which historically has offered no compensation to participants, except for travel stipends.

The issue boiled over during the week of the PGA Championship at Medinah, when the PGA of America said it would develop a program for charitable contributions after meeting with team members. Between that week and the week of the Ryder Cup in September, at The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., the players were heavily criticized for their stance, but those critics have been muted since the U.S. won back the Cup from Europe.

DATE SET -- The next World Golf Hall of Fame induction ceremony at the World Golf Village has now officially been set for Nov. 20, 2000.

Last year it was held on the Monday preceding The Players Championship in March, but the only two inductees to qualify so far are LPGA Tour players Juli Inkster and Beth Daniel, and the LPGA Tour's first major of the year, the Nabisco Dinah Shore, is played that week. …

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