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Charities to benefit from new Ryder Cup sanctioned events


August 19, 2004

Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.-The PGA of America announced today the creation of two new Ryder Cup sanctioned events designed to benefit local charities-the Ryder Cup Captains Challenge and the Ryder Cup Champions Invitational. All net proceeds from the 2004 events will be donated directly to local Michigan area charities.

The Ryder Cup Captains Challenge presented by Cadillac will be held at The Detroit Golf Club, in Detroit, Mich., on Wed., Sept. 15, 2004. The event will feature several U.S. Ryder Cup Captains serving as the hosts for the day. Participants in the event will have the opportunity to win prizes by competing against up to four different Ryder Cup Captains during their round. There is also a team competition for prizes in the scramble format event.

"We chose to only support the best events in the world, and in my opinion The Ryder Cup Captains Challenge is one of those events," said Mark Laneve, General Manager of Cadillac. "It offers you an incredible opportunity to play with some of the legends in the game of golf. At the same time, you will be supporting local Michigan charities."

The Ryder Cup Champions Invitational presented by the MGM Grand will be held at Oakland University Golf and Learning Center, in Rochester Mich., on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2004. The event will feature 50 athletes and celebrities from the sports and entertainment industry. Participants will play all eighteen holes with the celebrity. Each team will be competing against each other for prizes in the scramble format event.

"Our business philosophy at the MGM Grand is to provide only the best in entertainment, and that is why we have chosen to support this exciting event," said Angelo Bianco, Vice President of Player Development at the MGM Grand. "We are always looking for ways to participate in worthwhile charitable programs, especially in the Southeast Michigan area."

"We created this program to make a more lasting impression in the local community," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "It is a natural extension of The PGA of America's initiative to grow the game of golf through exciting opportunities for golf fans, as well as continue expanding our charitable programs."

The package price will be $3,950.00 per person for each event. It will include, a round of golf, an informal reception, a ticket to a pairings party to be held Tuesday evening Sept. 14, 2004 at the Detroit Athletic Club, a gift pack full of event merchandise, all food and beverage, and a week-long International Pavilion ticket to the 2004 Ryder Cup Matches at Oakland Hills Country Club. Golf fans can visit www.rydercup.com beginning Nov. 3, 2004, for more information.

The Ryder Cup Matches is one of several major championships conducted by The PGA of America to promote interest in the game worldwide. Founded in 1916, The PGA is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women golf professionals who are dedicated to growing the game of golf. Proceeds from the Ryder Cup Matches support PGA membership and outreach programs, as well as designated Detroit-area charitable organizations. Additionally, The PGA directs $2.6 million to U.S. Captain and player designated charities and universities of their choice to help fund "Golf: For Business & Life," a PGA Growth of the Game initiative.

The 35th Ryder Cup Matches will be held at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Township, Mich. Sept. 14-19, 2004.

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