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PGA Community Relations Program to host youth clinic

The PGA of America Community Relations Program has announced that it will host a youth golf clinic, Monday, May 22, 2006, from 3-5 p.m. CDT, at the James Stewart Golf Course in Oklahoma City as part of Senior PGA Championship week.

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Nearly 250 juniors representing 18 Greater Oklahoma City youth and golf organizations will be introduced to premier golf instruction by 25 South Central PGA Professionals, as The PGA of America presents its Community Relations Youth Golf Clinic, Monday, May 22, 2006, from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT, at James Stewart Golf Course in Oklahoma City.

The Clinic, sponsored by the PGA Foundation, is designed to introduce golf to youth that would otherwise not have an opportunity to play the game. The PGA Community Relations Youth Golf Clinic will be held in conjunction with The 67th Senior PGA Championship, which is being conducted May 25-28, 2006, at Oak Tree Golf Club in Edmond, Okla. Participating youth at the clinic will receive tickets to attend the 67th Senior PGA Championship.

"The PGA of America's Community Relations Program, like our Championship, reaches out to touch new audiences and supports a wide variety of local charities and organizations throughout the country," said PGA of America President Roger Warren. "The PGA Community Relations Program does not end once Championship Week is over. The work goes on year-round to support these organizations that perform wonderful work in helping children and their families."

James Stewart Golf Course, host course for the Youth Golf Clinic, is also home of The First Tee of Metro Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, the Youth Golf Clinic will feature trick-shot golf performer Divot The Clown, who is also known as PGA Professional Kevin Compare of Palm City, Fla.

For more information about the PGA Community Relations Program, visit the PGA Foundation Web site at www.pgafoundation.com.

A closer look at the Youth Golf Clinic participating youth organizations:

Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County -- Begun in 1995, the three Boys and Girls Clubs of Oklahoma County is a facility-based program that supports a wide variety of interests from homework assistance to sports. It served more than 4,000 members and non-club members last year.

Calm Waters Center for Children and Families -- Calm Waters is the only non-faith based, non-profit organization that deals specifically with children dealing with death and divorce, providing free support services to children and families throughout Oklahoma.

Camp Cavett Inc. -- The mission of Camp Cavett Inc., is to provide a forum of support through various camps, events and retreats for children with life-threatening or chronic illness to promote character, coping skills and wellness.

Chickasaw Nation Junior Golf Program -- In its seventh year, the Native American Junior Golf Program offers youth a lifelong learning experience in the game of golf. The program has produced collegiate golfers who have committed their summers to giving back to the program as instructors.

Childrenís Miracle Network -- The Childrenís Miracle Network in Oklahoma City raises more than $1 million annually, which is channeled to pediatric research and education in Oklahoma.

Feed The Children -- Since its founding in 1979, Feed The Children has grown into one of the largest and most efficient private organizations dedicated to feeding and helping people in need. The program distributed more than 183 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and internationally, supplementing more than 1.46 million meals each day.

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation -- Founded in 1970 by parents of children with Type 1 Diabetes, the Foundation has awarded more than $800 million to Diabetes research, including more than $85 million in 2004.

Little Giant Golf Classic -- Begun in 1999, the Little Giant Golf Classic raises funds for junior golf, introducing the game of golf to disadvantaged youth. Conducted over Labor Day weekend, the Classic donates 100 percent of net proceeds to junior golf.

Oklahoma Baptist Homes For Children -- Since 1903, Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children has provided hope and homes for more than 10,000 children who have experienced abuse, abandonment, neglect or poverty.

Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum -- Created in honor of those who perished and those who survived the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, the National Memorial and Museum conducts a National Week of Hope, featuring events focusing on faith, education, commemoration and celebration of life.

Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch -- Founded in 1952, the Oklahoma Lions Boys Ranch serves boys ages 12-18 that have been abused, abandoned or neglected and have not been successful in traditional foster home placements.

Rebuilding Together Oklahoma City -- This non-profit organization utilizes the labor of thousands of volunteers to improve the living conditions of low-income, elderly homeowners in the Oklahoma City Metro Area, by making repairs and modifications to their homes.

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Oklahoma City -- Built in 1984, The Ronald McDonald House of Oklahoma City has served more than 13,500 families since its opening. The mission of the Ronald McDonald House is to benefit children by providing a "home away from home" for families of ill or injured children who are receiving medical treatment in the Oklahoma City area and through Ronald McDonald House Charities Grants and Scholarship programs.

Special Care -- Debuting in 1985, Special Care provides specialized direct care, education and therapy services to children with special needs and their families. Special Care is licensed to serve 135 children between the ages of six weeks to 21 years.

St. Maryís Episcopal School -- Since its opening in 1977, in Edmond, Okla., St. Maryís Episcopal School has grown into an elementary school with a curriculum that includes art, foreign language, music and physical education. The school serves children from preschool through fifth grade.

Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City Inc. -- Since 1946, the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City has been a leader in providing social services as a community-based non-profit, non-partisan organization. The agency secures equal opportunities for African-Americans, other minorities and similarly disadvantaged citizens.

Youth Services for Oklahoma County Inc. -- Established in 1972, the Youth Services of Oklahoma County Inc., advocates, educates, intervenes and counsels troubled youth and families to make a positive difference in their lives.

The First Tee of Metropolitan Oklahoma City -- The First Tee impacts 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. The First Tee utilizes eight golf courses in Metropolitan Oklahoma City.

Celebrating its 90th anniversary, The PGA of America was founded in 1916, and is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf, while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

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