Professional golfers know a thing or two about how to handle stress in pressure situations, but when it comes down to it, they’ve got nothing on first responders in emergency situations. To acknowledge that, the PGA TOUR and PGA of America are teaming up to support the Las Vegas community following the Oct. 1 shooting that killed 58 people and left many more injured.
A charity golf tournament called “Golf Fore Las Vegas” is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 20, at TPC Las Vegas to benefit the area’s ongoing recovery efforts.
Local first responders are being invited to participate in the one-day event with proceeds being donated to the Direct Impact Fund by way of PGA TOUR Charities. This is the same fund that several PGA TOUR pros have designated to receive pledges from their performance at this week’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas.
Four-time PGA TOUR winner Charley Hoffman, a UNLV grad who helped the golf team to an NCAA Championship in 1998, and former Las Vegas resident, led the way by announcing he’s donating100 percent of his prize money to the cause.
“Charley Hoffman has set an amazing example for all of us, immediately offering to use his platform as a PGA TOUR player to help those impacted by the Las Vegas shootings,” said PGA TOUR Commissioner Jay Monahan. “We’re honored to join in his efforts to raise money for the Direct Impact Fund, and are grateful to our friends at the PGA of America for partnering with us as well. We hope the Golf Fore Las Vegas event shines a light on the incredible work of our nation’s first responders. Our heartfelt thanks goes out to them, as does our pledge to support those impacted by this terrible tragedy.”
Hoffman displayed his Las Vegas pride Thursday by stepping on the TPC Summerlin course in a custom pair of shoes.
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“In trying times, golf’s extended family consistently comes together to offer assistance, and that’s why the PGA of America is proud to partner with the PGA TOUR to host the Golf Fore Las Vegas charitable event at TPC Las Vegas,” said PGA President Paul Levy. “This is a special opportunity to thank the first responders who served so courageously in the face of unthinkable tragedy. It’s also a time to honor and assist the victims through our support of the Direct Impact Fund. The PGA and our thousands of Professionals around the country are inspired by Las Vegas’ brave first responders and honored to support Golf Fore Las Vegas.”
To register for the tournament or make a donation, visit PGATOUR.COM/GolfForeLasVegas.