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Giving Back Through Golf


The benefits of golf are many. It is good exercise and a great way to spend the day enjoying the beauty of the outdoors. It teaches many valuable life skills, such as playing by the rules, consideration of others, proper etiquette, perseverance and work ethic, goal setting and dream achievement. It is a fun way to build business and personal relationships and it can be played by young and old alike for a lifetime.


There are many ways that those involved in golf give back through golf.  Through entities like the PGA TOUR, the PGA of America, the USGA, and golf programs like The First Tee and other junior and collegiate golf programs, and many  corporations charities  and individuals use golf universally on the international, national and local levels as a vehicle to provide to those in need as well as share the awards and life lessons that can be achieved through the game.


The Gift of Golf – Giving back through the game:







The PGA TOUR goes beyond other professional sports organizations in the way it pays attention to the details important for the betterment of the game of golf as well as the over 2000 charities that they support.  With over $1.4 Billion in donations, the PGA TOUR provides assistance to millions of people on the national and local levels.  Whether giving someone a new home, an opportunity, or helping those in need, the PGA TOUR is a beacon of light that shines on people from all walks of life and provides assistance when and where it is needed.  For these reasons the game of golf has benefitted greatly in the eyes of the fans. The PGA TOUR has a huge fan base and the game is loved by golfers and non-golfers alike.  Even individuals who don’t play golf have taken an interest in following the game because of what it has done to enhance society.

“Research shows that the majority of the funds raised each year are directly funneled back into the local market, so while there is not an "official charity of the PGA TOUR," there are many who benefit from the TOUR's one goal of Giving Back.” – PGA TOUR Charities pgatour.com

“The PGA TOUR acknowledges the support of our corporate partners and their contributions to the growth of the game and to the PGA TOUR's total charitable donations of more than $1.4 billion.” - PGA TOUR Partners and Sponsors


The PGA TOUR: Playing with a Purpose



PGA TOUR Wives AssociationPGA Tour Wives Association



PGA TOUR Wives Association renders support and provides assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events. The Association was incorporated in 1988 by wives of professional golfers on the PGA TOUR.  PGA TOUR tournaments are major fundraisers for charities, and the wives recognized that they were in a unique position to be an effective source of funds and support for these charities and the children they benefit. Since inception, the Association has expanded its membership to include Nationwide Tour wives, significant others of PGA TOUR and Nationwide Tour members, and individuals and companies who support the Associations' charitable endeavors.  The PGA TOUR Wives Association has given back to our golfing communities through personal time and monetary contributions to child related charities. In addition to fundraising, members participate in Volunteer Service Projects, performing a myriad of services ranging from Habitat builds to cooking in soup kitchens to playing with hospitalized children in communities where tournaments are held.


Ways to support this program:




The First Tee

The First Tee


The First Tee Program is a great way to get your child a fundamentally sound start in golf and life.  The First Tee of America’s original founding partner organizations are the PGA of America, LPGA, PGA TOUR, Augusta National Golf Club, and USGA. The national First Tee program is involved in several golf events hosted by their founding partners, including the Valero Texas Open and the HP Byron Nelson Championship. Overall, 2,000,000 children worldwide have been touched in some way by the program!  The First Tee’s nine core values are integrity, sportsmanship, courtesy, confidence, honesty, perseverance, judgment, responsibility and respect. These values are taught through the game of golf.


"Golf is the Game, Life is the Lesson"

By: Sherry Lewis

May 2009


“The First Tee program teaches children that every round of golf starts and ends with a strong hand shake.  Teaching a young person how to look someone in the eye and introduce themselves while giving a firm handshake teaches the value of confidence.  The program is about educating children to become better golfers while they learn life values and become better citizens.” Read more..


Visit The First Tee of Greater Austin online at http://www.thefirstteeaustin.org, and the national organization at http://www.thefirsttee.org.




Texas State University – J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate Golf Tournament

Texas State University



In February, 2009 Texas State University, J.L.’s alma mater, will host the first J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate Golf Tournament.

  • Come support the Texas State University Golf Team
  • Be a volunteer at the event
  • Donate to the J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate Golf Tournament


To support this event contact Shane Howell, Men’s Golf Coach at Texas State University mh74@TXState.edu.


Learn more about the J.L. Lewis Intercollegiate Golf Tournament and view the Texas State University 2009 - 2010 Men's Golf Schedule here.


TSU Golf Team

Texas State University Golf Team









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