PBA Golf Programs Receive Honda Classic Grant

Written by: Michael Brown, Assistant A.D. for External Operations

PBA Vice President for Development Vicki Pugh (Pictured, Second Left) Spends Time at PGA National Golf Club While Accepting the Honda Classic Grant Award. Jimmy Janis (Far Right) is Joined by Trudy Crowetz (Left)  and Pam Johnson (Second from Right).  PBA Vice President for Development Vicki Pugh (Pictured, Second Left) Spends Time at PGA National Golf Club While Accepting the Honda Classic Grant Award. Jimmy Janis (Far Right) is Joined by Trudy Crowetz (Left) and Pam Johnson (Second from Right).

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- Palm Beach County is known for its elite golf courses and is annually home to a premiere PGA Tour event in the Honda Classic golf tournament. The Palm Beach Atlantic University men’s and women’s golf programs were recently named the recipients of a 2013 grant from the Honda Classic that will provide financial support for these new athletic programs.

The newly formed Sailfish golf teams will begin play this fall under the direction of head coach Craig Watson, a PGA Class A Professional and the program director for First Tee of the Palm Beaches.

The Honda Classic and PBA have had a valuable relationship for many years and with the addition of the new collegiate golf programs expanding their partnership made perfect sense.

“The financial support from the Honda Classic is a tremendous benefit for our new golf program,” said Carolyn Stone, Director of Athletics at PBA.  “Our student-athletes are committed to giving back to the community and this grant will enable our golf team to engage in activities that not only grow the game of golf, but teach leadership skills through the team’s involvement with the First Tee. The values of First Tee closely mirror that of Palm Beach Atlantic Athletics where character education and life skills are in the core of all we do. Our golfers can model these important attributes through mentoring First Tee participants and other youth in the community.”

An honorary plaque commemorating the grant was presented to the University on July 10 at the PGA National Resort and Spa at their annual charity reception. Vice President for Development Vicki Pugh and PBA student Jimmy Janis were on hand to accept the honor.

The Honda Classic has called the Sunshine State home since 1982 while being played at PGA National Golf Club’s Champion Course in Palm Beach Gardens since 2007.

"The Honda Classic and Children's Healthcare Charity are thrilled to support Palm Beach Atlantic University and their new men's and women's golf programs," stated Ken Kennerly, Executive Director of The Honda Classic. "PBA is a educational pillar in our community, and their commitment to excellence has made them a leader in Palm Beach County", continued Kennerly.

Palm Beach County will play host to the Honda Classic on Feb. 24-March 2, 2014.

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