Phil Mickelson Donates $50,000 to ASU's Golf: For Business & Life Program

Sept. 28, 2006

Former Arizona State golfer, Phil Mickelson, donates $50,000 to ASU on behalf of his participation in the 2006 Ryder Cup.

Each U.S. Ryder Cup team member, including the Captain, designates $100,000 to the school(s) of their choice in support of the Golf: For Business & Life program. The program has expanded to 59 universities nationwide reaching more than 20,000 students. Since Golf: For Business & Life was established in 1999, The PGA of America has distributed more than $5.8 million to colleges and universities throughout the United States on behalf of members of the U.S. Ryder Cup Team.

'The PGA Foundation's Golf: For Business & Life program is an outstanding way to help grow the game and at the same time introduce or reinforce an important asset for young businessmen and women,' U.S. Team member Phil Mickelson said. ' I'm happy to be able to support it.'

Since 1999, Mickelson has donated $230,000 to ASU's Golf: For Business & Life program.

Golf: For Business & Life is a PGA of America college initiative designed to teach and improve the golf skill of college juniors, seniors and graduate students through instruction provided by PGA Professionals. The successful program educates students, regardless of their chosen career, on how they can use golf as a business tool as they enter the professional world. Local business leaders are also asked to address students on how golf has enhanced their business.

The GOLF: For Business & Life program is part of The PGA of America's Play Golf America campaign, designed to increase participation among new and occasional adult golfers. Play Golf America was launched in 2004 by The PGA of America, with the support of Allied Associations including: the LPGA, National Golf Course Owners Association, PGA Tour, USGA and others involved in the annual Golf 20/20 Conference. The program utilizes the Web site to serve as a link for consumers to access fun, affordable and informative programs in their area.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf, while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

Professional Golf Management Universities include:

Arizona State University-East*
Campbell University
Clemson University
Coastal Carolina University
Ferris State University
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida State University*
Methodist College
Mississippi State University
New Mexico State University
North Carolina State University
Penn State University
Sam Houston State University
University of Colorado, Colo. Springs
University of Idaho
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
University of Nevada - Las Vegas*

*Denotes Program Funded by Ryder Cup Team Contribution

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