Sept. 30, 2004
Bloomfield Township, Mich. – At the 2004 U.S. Ryder Cup in Bloomfield Township, Michigan, The PGA of America announced that U.S. Ryder Cup Team member Stewart Cink has chosen Georgia Tech to receive $100,000 to fund its Golf: For Business & Life Program. Cink, along with the other 2004 Ryder Cup Team members, have designated a combined PGA of America contribution of $1.3 million to 14 colleges and universities across the country to fund Golf: For Business & Life classes.
Cink was a three-time All-American (first team in 1995) during his career at Georgia Tech from 1991-95. The Florence, Ala., native earned the Fred Haskins, Jack Nicklaus and Dave Williams awards as national player of the year in 1995, when he also was named the Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year.
He joined the PGA Tour in 1997 and has won four times, including the MCI Heritage Classic and the WGC-NEC Invitational this year. He ranks fifth in the tour money list in 2004 with more than $4 million.
He lives in Duluth, Ga., and plays out of East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
The Golf: For Business & Life program offers Georgia Tech juniors, seniors, and graduate students the opportunity to learn the basics of the golf swing, etiquette, and most importantly, how to use golf as a business tool regardless of their chosen careers. The classes are taught by PGA Professionals and also feature business leaders who are asked to address students on how golf has enhanced their business.
“These players make the Ryder Cup one of the most exciting events in sports,” said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. “In addition to competing for their country, the players are also able to make a difference by giving back to charities in various communities and supporting the growth of the game through Golf: For Business & Life.”
Since Golf: For Business & Life was established in 1999, The PGA of America has contributed $4.5 million to this national program, which has expanded into 52 universities nationwide reaching more than 14,000 students. The program is run by The PGA of America as part of its national growth of the game campaign called “Play Golf America.”
The PGA of America, founded in 1916, 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.