April 13, 2012
MADISON, Wis. - Steve Stricker, an 11-time PGA TOUR event winner, recently presented a check in the amount of $25,000 to the University of Wisconsin to support the Steve and Nicki Stricker Scholarship Fund.
This contribution is a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from The Presidents Cup 2011 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in which Stricker participated as a member of the victorious U.S. Team.
Steve and Nicki Stricker made a generous gift to UW Athletics in 2010, to establish an endowed scholarship fund. It annually provides scholarship support to a member of the UW men's or women's golf team. Nicki was a four-year letter winner on the Wisconsin women's golf team (1988-91).
"I can't thank Steve and Nicki enough for thinking of the Badgers," said Director of Athletics Barry Alvarez. "Their support through this gift and others is very much appreciated. Endowed scholarships like the Stricker Scholarship Fund are critical in assisting our efforts to provide opportunities to our student-athletes."
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not personally paid for their participation; instead, each competitor, captain and captain's assistant allocates their portion of the proceeds generated to chosen charitable causes. The University of Wisconsin was one of six organizations chosen by Stricker.
The Presidents Cup is a biennial match-play competition between the United States Team and the International Team, which was first contested in 1994. The International Team includes the world's best players from non-European countries. The ninth playing of the event occurred November 15-20, 2011, at the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which was the first international venue to host this prestigious competition more than once.