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The United States Ryder Cup Team donates $2.85 Million to Community Outreach and Youth Golf Development Programs.

Team USA Captain Steve Stricker, Team USA’s 5 Vice Captains and the 12 members of US team, have completed their commitment to the 43rd Ryder Cup Outreach Program. Which see’s a figure of $2.85 million be donated to various charities and youth golf development programs across America.

First starting in 1999, and being a part of the last 11 Ryder Cups. The outreach program has donated over $28.6 to over 200 charitable organizations. Because the entire 12-members of Team USA and Captain Stricker were each given $100,000 dollars to donate to charities of their choice. The Team USA Vice Captains, Fred Couples, Jim Furyk, Zach Johnson, Davis Love III and Phil Mickelson, were given $25,000 for donation. In addition to another $25,000 for youth-golf development programs.

“The PGA of America works with the U.S. Ryder Cup Team. That continues the longstanding tradition of providing significant financial support. To deserving charities, foundations and golf development programs,” said PGA President Jim Richerson. “Over the last 22 years the Ryder Cup Outreach Program has touched countless lives. In addition to contributing millions of dollars to worthy causes aligned with each team member. Because these team members have made a difference in communities across America.”

YOUTH and JUNIOR GOLF programs that will receive the financial assistance include, The PGA Junior League. But the league has now grown to having teams in all 41 PGA Sections, and all 50 states.

DRIVE, CHIP & PUTT Championship. This free to participate nationwide junior skills competition, is for boys and girls ages 7-15.  Finalists from regional competitions earn their way to the national finals at the Augusta National Golf Club.

KPMG Future Leaders Program. This program allows top female high school seniors across the country, the opportunity to enhance their personal growth through college scholarships. In addition to a leadership development retreat at Stanford University. This retreat allows for a mentoring relationship with a woman business leader and an instruction to golf.

While many of the players sent their share of money (or part of it) to their own foundations. But other organizations that received donations included, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Make-A-Wish Foundation. The ALS Foundation, and the Animal Network.

But for more information, and to see the list of donations. Visit IPGA.com.

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Rory spent over 8 years growing up working at Rob Roy Golf Club in Prospect Hts.IL, then two years at Chevy Chase in Wheeling. He has covered golf in Chicago since 1986. Rory was one of the initial members of WSCR all-sports radio Chicago and covered golf there for 5 seasons, before moving on to work for ESPN/Sportsticker and ESPN Radio. In addition to hosting Golfers on Golf Radio on WCPT AM820 Chicago, he writes for both the Chicago District (CDGA) Magazine, and formerly Chicagoland Golf. Rory has played over 525 courses in 39 states, and rates golf courses. He does golf course management and communications consulting, within the golf industry.