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Accessible Golf Pro-Am Raises Awareness and Funding
for People with Disabilities to Play Golf

PGA Tour Champion Fred Funk Hosted Second Annual Tournament

Fred Funk
PGA Tour Champion Fred Funk
Reston, Va., August 19, 2008 — On July 14, the National Alliance for Accessible Golf hosted its second annual Accessible Golf Pro-Am at the Toledo Country Club in Toledo, Ohio. The tournament helped raise needed funding for accessible golf programs* throughout the country, while increasing awareness in the work of the Alliance and its effort to expand the game of golf to those with disabilities. Joining the Alliance at the tournament was PGA Tour Champion, Fred Funk.

"We were thrilled to welcome Fred Funk to our tournament," said Alliance President Trey Holland. "The commitment of our professional players, which includes members of the LPGA and Nationwide Tour, to helping people with disabilities enjoy the game of golf, made this tournament an inspirational event," he added.

Over 17 teams converged on the greens for a shotgun scramble that included Fred Funk and 16 professional players from the LPGA and PGA Tour, including members of the Nationwide Tour. Each team was paired with a golfer with disabilities from the Alliance's program site from the Ability Center of the Greater Toledo Area, as well as sponsored players. Thanks to Cooper Standard Automotive, the tournament's presenting sponsor, the United States Golf Association and many other sponsors, the teams helped raise needed funding for future accessible golf programs throughout the United States.

Prior to the tournament, guests were treated to a golf clinic by Fred Funk followed by a live auction where Fred auctioned himself to play with a team raising even more funding for the Alliance.

Tournament Sponsor Committee chairman, Jim McElya, Chairman of Cooper Standard Automotive, echoed Holland's praise for the players and sponsor generosity. "The Tournament's sponsors helped raise the necessary funds to boost our accessible golf programs for the coming year," Jim said. He added, "Everyone had a marvelous time and the pace of play moved along quite nicely".

The Tournament's first place team winners included: Jim Staargaard, of Excel Polymers, Mike Talaga, of Cooper Standard Automotive, Jim Reading, also of Cooper Standard Automotive, Matt Lake, representing the Ability Center of Greater Toledo, and Keith Nolan of the Nationwide Tour.

For more information about the Tournament and the Alliance programs, please visit www.accessgolf.org.

* Through GAIN™ (GOLF: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) and other programs, the Alliance promotes inclusion and awareness to the golf industry, golf instructors and the public. All financial support goes directly to community-based GAIN™ programs throughout the country, including Toledo GAIN™, one of Alliance's premier sites in Ohio.


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