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PGA'S $6M DONATION TO FIRST TEE; WORLD GOLF VILLAGE OPENING
Published May 19, 1998
The PGA of America has made a three-year, $6M commitment to The First Tee initiative and will provide additional resources for the planning and development of First Tee facilities and curriculum. The PGA's financial commitment includes $1M annually for three years to help fund The First Tee, plus $1M annually for three years for a PGA Section grant program to apply directly to initiatives (PGA). HALL OF FAME: The World Golf Village opened yesterday, with a Hall of Fame ceremony honoring Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller. More than 3,000 spectators watched as 25 of the 37 living Hall of Famers attended. In Jacksonville, Gene Frenette called the event "reminiscent of the recent Academy Awards when nearly every living Oscar-winning actor and actress showed up." One HOFer missing was Jack Nicklaus. World Golf Village Exec Dir Ruffin Beckwith: "I think a lot of people were surprised that Jack wasn't here" (FL TIMES- UNION, 5/19). In Ft. Lauderdale, Randall Mell writes that the Golf Village is "Disney-esque in its ambitious, all- encompassing scope. The architects of this grand design aimed to include every possible aspect of golf" (SUN- SENTINEL, 5/19). In Detroit, Vartan Kupelian writes under the header "World Golf Village Is A State-of-the-Art Paradise." PGA Tour Commissioner/World Golf Foundation Chair Tim Finchem: "This will be a living, breathing, changing, evolving facility. From the moment we open the doors, we'll intrigue golfers of all levels" (DETROIT NEWS, 5/19). In N.Y., Clifton Brown writes that it is "clear that the complex was designed not only to celebrate golf's history, but to attract a new generation of fans heading into the next century" (N.Y. TIMES, 5/19). The LPGA, which has never had a structure for its Hall of Fame, is combined with the men at the World Golf Village (USA TODAY, 5/19).