PGA's gift to Yankees legend
New York City is a special place for The PGA of America, which was founded there in 1916 and has grown into the world's largest sports organization. Several top PGA officials are back in the Big Apple this week, and spent Wednesday night at the New York Yankees' game with Oakland.
PGA President Ted Bishop and his fellow leaders also took the opportunity to honor Yankees Captain Derek Jeter, who of course is retiring at the end of the current season, by presenting him with a set of clubs in a custom PGA golf bag in a special pre-game ceremony.
"I think you could say that Derek Jeter is one of the great Yankees of all time, and me being a lifelong Yankee fan, this is almost like a dream come true to present him with these clubs," said Bishop. "But more importantly, I hope that when his career is over, the Captain becomes an avid golfer. We need guys like that on the golf course."
The PGA's set of golf clubs is the latest "going away" gift that Jeter has received so far this season as he makes his way around the major leagues one last time. Already, he has gotten such tokens of appreciation as a #2 from the Wrigley Field scoreboard from the Chicago Cubs, a bronze bat from the Milwaukee Brewers, a Yankees-themed paddleboard from the Los Angeles Angels, and a pair of pin-striped cowboy boots from the Houston Astros.
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