PGA of America Establishes Golf Emergency Relief Fund
The PGA of America has established the Golf Emergency Relief Fund to provide short-term financial assistance to workers in the golf industry during the coronavirus pandemic.
PGA initiated the fund with a lead pledge of $5 million and a matching fund for gifts by third parties of up to $2.5 million.
“The golf industry is in an unprecedented crisis, and our friends, colleagues and their families need our help right away. People throughout golf are driven by a strong desire to help others every day. We have to ensure that the heart and soul of our game—our people—are able to get back on their feet and continue to serve others down the road. Eventually, golf will return, but we first need to reach out and help people in our industry during this national emergency,” said PGA of America President Suzy Whaley.
Applications for the relief fund will be accepted as early as Thursday, April 16 at 2 p.m.
The fund will provide grants to certain industry workers, inclusive of golf association members, employees of local/state golf associations, caddies and certain professionals playing on developmental tours to help offset COVID-19 related financial hardships, such as living and medical expenses.
“The golf industry steers $4 billion to charity each year. Now, we need to come to the aid of those who make this game we love so special, to help ensure their livelihood,” added PGA of America CEO Seth Waugh.
The effort is also being supported in various ways by a number of industry organizations, including the GCSAA, PGA TOUR, LPGA, USGA, NGCOA and AGM.
Individuals eligible to apply for aid through the Golf Emergency Relief Fund are:
- PGA of America Professionals (includes Members, Students and Associates)
- LPGA Professionals (includes Members and Students/Apprentices)
- Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) Members
- Employed or contracted as a caddie of one of the following caddie companies (qualifying employers and their subsidiaries) Caddienow, Caddiemaster, 4C Caddies, Premier Caddies, ClubUp, CaddieU, Circuit Caddie and Caddy King
- Association of Golf Merchandisers (AGM) members
- Players in developmental tours operated by the PGA TOUR (Korn Ferry Tour, PGA TOUR Latinoamérica, Mackenzie Tour – PGA TOUR Canada, PGA TOUR China Series)
- Players in developmental tours operated by the LPGA (Symetra Tour)
- Employees of United States Golf Association (USGA) authorized allied golf associations
- Employees of PGA of America Sections
- National Golf Course Owners Association (NGCOA) Members