Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mattiace Sets Up Charity Foundation

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Mattiace Sets Up Charity Foundation

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Len Mattiace's motivation is simple: to thank the people he said helped him get from Nease High School to the PGA Tour.

That's why Mattiace is starting a charity, Len's Friends Foundation. He said the foundation will raise money for local charities, primarily through a yearly golf tournament. Specifics about the tournament will finalized, he said, in a few weeks.

"I wanted to find some way to give back to the game of golf, and to the people in this community who have helped me get to where I am now," said Mattiace, in his sixth full year on the PGA Tour. "A lot of people outside my family did a lot of things for me from high school on to help me. I'm on the Tour not so much because of me, but because of them. And the best way I can give back is through this foundation, which will try and reach as many people as possible."

Mattiace said the charities that benefit will change from year to year, but he said those related to children "will be a big part of that."

"I started thinking about something like this when I was at [Wake Forest]," he said. "But I was young, and really didn't know how to go about it. It's going to come to life now."

Mattiace has finished among the top 100 moneywinners on the PGA Tour in each of the past four years, and is 73rd entering this week's MCI Classic, with $232,398. He likely will pass $2 million in career earnings this year.

For information about the Len's Friends Foundation, call (800) 731-8465, extension 04.

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