PGA of America donates $ 5 million to launch the coronavirus relief fund

LOS ANGELES: The PGA of America donated $ 5 million to launch the Golf Emergency Relief Fund on Monday, aiming to support the golf industry during the coronavirus pandemic.

The body, whose main event is the United States. PGA The championship has been postponed since May amid shelter-in-place policies designed to curb the spread of the virus, pledged to match up to an additional $ 2.5 million awarded by other groups.

A statement said the PGA of America contribution included all members of its executive team voluntarily reducing their compensation. The board of directors pledged personal donations.

There's pain everywhere, PGA chief executive Seth Waugh said. It's how to get to the other side. The government is doing extraordinary things. The Fed actions last week were stunning. The loan programs are very clever to keep people employed. The bad news is it not not enough enough depending on how long this lasts.

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What we are saying is, 'How can we create an additional safety net?'

The fund will be managed by E4E Relief, an independent public charity.

The PGA, which represents club professionals, has nearly 29,000 members. But PGA president Suzy Whaley said it's hoped the fund will help members of other golf organizations, club caddies and players on developmental tours.

We have to make sure that the heart and soul of our game, our people, can get back on their feet and continue to serve others along the way, Whaley said. Eventually, golf will return, but first we have to communicate and help the people in our industry during this national emergency.

The PGA said other organizations, including the US PGA Tour and the L PGA, the US Golf Association are supporting the fund, as are groups representing course superintendents, course owners and merchandisers.

Our hope is that the industry will back it up, Whaley said.

Applications will be accepted starting Thursday. The first phase will distribute $ 500 grants for basic needs and $ 1,500 grants for critical needs. A second phase will make funds available up to $ 3,500 depending on need.