PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – The PGA TOUR and PGA of America are pleased to announce total proceeds from the “Golf Fore Las Vegas” charity tournament, with more than $100,000 raised for the Direct Impact Fund in support of Las Vegas shooting victims and their families.
Contributions from the Nov. 20 event held at TPC Las Vegas stemmed from TOUR and PGA industry partners, including Pepsi, TaylorMade and SERVPRO making donations of $10,000 each. More than 120 local first responders participated in the event to compete for prizes, which were also provided by event sponsors.
“It was truly remarkable to witness so many entities come together to help others,” said TPC Las Vegas General Manager Dan Hammell. “Our community was shaken by this awful tragedy, but it’s clear after today’s event that we’re still united, and we’re still strong. On behalf of the PGA TOUR and PGA of America, we’d like to thank everyone for their generosity and thoughtfulness as Las Vegas continues to heal.”
The Direct Impact Fund was selected as the beneficiary after several PGA TOUR professionals donated their winnings from the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. Leading the way was Las Vegas native and University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate Charley Hoffman, who donated 100 percent of his prize money to the cause, totaling $98,600. The players, combined with industry partners from the Nov. 20 event, supports the PGA TOUR’s motto of “Together, anything’s possible.”
About PGA TOUR
The PGA TOUR is the leading global platform in professional golf, showcasing the highest expression of excellence, both on and off the course. The PGA TOUR’s mission is to entertain and inspire its fans, deliver substantial value to its partners, create outlets for volunteers to give back, generate significant charitable and economic impact in the communities in which it plays, grow and protect the game of golf and provide financial opportunities for TOUR players.
The PGA TOUR co-sanctions more than 130 tournaments on the PGA TOUR, PGA TOUR Champions, Web.com Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour-PGA TOUR Canada and PGA TOUR-China. Its members represent the world’s best players, hailing from 24 countries (89 members are from outside the United States). Worldwide, PGA TOUR tournaments are broadcast to more than 1.1 billion households in 227 countries and territories in 23 languages. Virtually all tournaments are organized as non-profit organizations in order to maximize charitable giving. In 2016, tournaments across all Tours generated a record of more than US $166 million for local and national charitable organizations, bringing the all-time total to US $2.46 billion.
The PGA TOUR’s web site is PGATOUR.COM, the No. 1 site in golf, and the organization is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
About PGA of America
The PGA of America is the world’s largest sports organization, comprised of 29,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in teaching and growing the game. Founded in 1916, the PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by conducting premier spectator events – PGA Championship, Ryder Cup, KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship and KPMG Women’s PGA Championship – as well as significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.