Golf News for Friday, November 1, 2013 | Sponsorship

PGA of America pledges $100,000 to Environmental Institute for Golf

The PGA of America has committed its support to fostering golf's sustainability with a $100,000 pledge to the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG), the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

"This generous donation from The PGA of America and its 27,000 Professionals allows us to fund research grants, education programs, and scholarships; and helps to give us a stronger platform to advocate for the game," GCSAA/EIFG President Patrick R. Finlen, CGCS, said. "We are fortunate to be in an industry where organizations representing the different aspects of the game continue to come together for the greater good."

With this donation, The PGA of America becomes part of the EIFG's Platinum Tee Club, which recognizes donors who contribute $5,000 or more annually to the EIFG. The PGA of America is also recognized at the Champions Club level in EIFG's cumulative giving program for donors who have contributed $250,000-$499,999 to the EIFG since 1987.

"The PGA of America appreciates the importance of furthering golf's relationship with the environment, so we are proud to support the work of the Environmental Institute for Golf," said PGA of America CEO Peter Bevacqua. "We know through the EIFG, our donation will have a far-reaching positive effect for the environment and those who love the game of golf."

The PGA of America has historically been an avid supporter of various EIFG initiatives, and this donation marks the third time the organization has made a $100,000 donation.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.

About the EIFG
The EIFG is the philanthropic organization of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, and has as its mission to foster sustainability through research, awareness, education, programs and scholarships for the benefit of golf course management professionals, golf facilities and the game. With respect for the game and the environment, the EIFG inspires environmental, social and economic progress through golf for the benefit of communities. Collaboration between the golf industry, environmental interests and communities will lead to programs and services beneficial to all who come into contact with the game of golf. Visit the EIFG at

GCSAA is a leading golf organization and has as its focus golf course management. Since 1926, GCSAA has been the top professional association for the men and women who manage golf courses in the United States and worldwide. From its headquarters in Lawrence, Kan., the association provides education, information and representation to nearly 18,000 members in more than 72 countries. GCSAA's mission is to serve its members, advance their profession and enhance the enjoyment, growth and vitality of the game of golf. Find GCSAA on Facebook, follow GCSAA on Twitter, and visit GCSAA at