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February 08, 2008
WORLD GOLF HALL OF FAME MEMBER ARNOLD PALMER DONATES GOLF CLUBS TO THE FIRST TEE OF PITTSBURGH
ST. AUGUSTINE, FL - Arnold Palmer has donated hundreds of golf clubs to The First Tee of Pittsburgh. The clubs are the remaining inventory of the Arnold Palmer Golf Company when it closed in 2000 and includes multiple sets of woods, irons and drivers for men and women. Palmer has served as honorary chairman of The First Tee of Pittsburgh since its inception in 2000 and has been supportive to the Chapter in many ways.
Palmer has strong ties to Pittsburgh going back to his amateur days and teen years when he was competing in events of the Western Pennsylvania Golf Association. He has received many honors over the years from Pittsburgh organizations and is a member of Oakmont Country Club. His golf at Oakmont is an important part of his personal history in the game.
“I have wanted to do something useful with these clubs for a long time. I can’t think of anything that would serve that purpose better than to put them in the hands of The First Tee for its wonderful programs,” said Palmer. “I am very happy with the decision to give them to The First Tee of Pittsburgh, where I am proud to serve as honorary chairman. I grew up and played virtually all of my golf in my early years in Western Pennsylvania.”
The Chapter will use the adult clubs for age appropriate participants. They will also be used for clinics held at the Chapter and some will be provided to young people who have shown a keen interest in golf and The First Tee.
“We are very happy and grateful for Mr. Palmer’s donation. He has been a wonderful part of The First Tee of Pittsburgh and has always been very available to us despite his busy schedule,” said Bruce Stephen, former Chapter executive director and current board member of The First Tee of Pittsburgh.
About The First Tee
The First Tee (www.thefirsttee.org) is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in St. Augustine, FL at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame. Its mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game of golf and its values to more 2.2 million participants and students in 48 states and five international locations – Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and Singapore. Former President George Bush serves as honorary chairman.
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