Sept. 30, 2010
Newport, Wales, UK - Madison resident and Ryder Cup team member Steve Stricker is donating $25,000 to the University of Wisconsin and the same amount to his alma mater the University of Illinois as part of the United States Ryder Cup Team's $2.6 million donation in support of charities and Play Golf America University programs.
Each U.S. Ryder Cup Team participant as well as U.S. Ryder Cup Team Captain Pavin, are designating $100,000 to the charity of their choice; $50,000 to the college/university of their choice for Play Golf America University programming; and $50,000 to the Ryder Cup Junior Golf Academy, which is scheduled for a summer launch in 2011 to benefit aspiring junior golfers who otherwise would not have the opportunity to receive PGA Professional instruction.
Since the Ryder Cup Outreach Program began in 1999, more than $15 million has been donated on behalf of the Ryder Cup team and Captain. To date, PGA Professionals have provided instruction to more than 29,000 college students through this program.
Stricker and his wife Nicki, a former UW-Madison golfer, are also contributing $50,000 to the University of Wisconsin Childrens Hospital and $25,000 to Very Special Arts (VSA) of Wisconsin.
Stricker, who is playing in his second Ryder Cup event, said, "Well, University of Illinois is where I went to college and kind of shaped the kind of player that I am today. I owe a lot to that program. I go back and do a fundraiser for them every year, and Wisconsin is very close to my heart, as well. My wife went to school there and played on the women's golf team. I grew up a Badger fan, so I feel very close to both schools."
Regarding the Play Golf America program Stricker said, "Yeah, it's opportunity to give a little bit of money and get a program started and give kids an opportunity that otherwise they may not have that opportunity. The game of golf as we know is a great learning tool and just teaches everyday situations on the golf course, how to handle things. To give that opportunity for other college kids is great.
Play Golf America University is a PGA of America college and university golf program, designed to teach and engage students in the game of golf through PGA Professional instruction and other golf programs."
The 38th Ryder Cup will be conducted Oct. 1-3, at the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.