Lawrence, Kansas, United States: The PGA of America has committed its support to fostering golf’s sustainability with a US$250,000 donation over five years to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organisation of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).
“We are fortunate to be in an industry where organisations representing the different aspects of the game come together for the greater good,” Rhett Evans, the GCSAA’s Chief Executive Officer, said. “This generous gift from the PGA of America allows us to fund research, education and advocacy that helps strengthen all aspects of the game.”
The PGA’s gift will be used for EIFG-funded programmes such as First Green, a STEM-education programme that brings school children to golf courses; the Best Management Practices initiative that showcases environmental sustainability; and advocacy efforts that give a voice to golf at all levels of government.
The PGA of America has historically been an avid supporter of various EIFG initiatives, and this pledge marks the fifth time the PGA has made a donation of US$100,000 or more. In addition, Darrell Crall, the PGA of America’s Chief Operating Officer, sits on the EIFG Board of Trustees.
“The PGA of America is proud to support the work of the Environmental Institute for Golf,” said PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh. “We know that in the capable hands of the EIFG, our donation will have a positive effect on the environment and all who love the game of golf.”
The PGA’s gift is part of a five-year commitment to the EIFG and its mission of fostering sustainability through research, awareness, education, programmes and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game.