Web.com Tour Championship, City of Jacksonville donate $408K to The First Tee
February 18, 2015
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – Officials from the Web.com Tour Championship, the PGA TOUR, Web.com and the City of Jacksonville announced yesterday that in a combined effort of the four entities, $408,000 was generated for area charities in 2014, with the majority going to The First Tee.
Of the $408,000, the PGA TOUR, Web.com and the Championship generated $300,000 for The First Tee. In addition, $75,000 was earmarked as a matching donation by the City of Jacksonville for The First Tee North Florida chapter. City Council members E. Denise Lee and Stephen Joost spearheaded the drive to secure matching dollars from the city, which came with the support of Mayor Alvin Brown.
“At Web.com, our mission is very clear – to help small businesses succeed online. But we’re more than that. We also believe in helping the people of our community succeed in life,” said David Brown, chairman and chief executive officer of Web.com. “Through our sponsorship of the Web.com Tour, we have made a long-term commitment to partner with key organizations, like The First Tee, to give back to the community.”
"I'm proud to join City Council members Denise Lee and Stephen Joost in support of The First Tee of North Florida with $75,000," said Mayor Brown. "This great program helps to instill sportsmanship and character in our youth, while teaching them a sport they can enjoy for a lifetime. I want to thank Web.com and the Web.com Tour Championship for their continued investment in our children and our future."
The First Tee is a nonprofit youth development organization whose mission is to impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf. Since its inception in 1997, The First Tee has introduced the game and its values to 10.5 million young people in all 50 states in the U.S. and select international locations.
The First Tee of North Florida chapter operates out of two program locations, the Brentwood Golf Course, which is located on Jacksonville’s North-side and offers nine holes with a challenging layout, a driving range and a putting and chipping green, and the St. Johns County 3-hole Course, which includes a 2,200-square-foot learning facility that allows the children of The First Tee of North Florida to do homework after school. Additionally, there are nine program sites where The First Tee programs are delivered by The First Tee of North Florida staff.
"The First Tee of North Florida is very appreciative to all its partners, especially the Web.com Tour Championship, the PGA TOUR, Web.com and the City of Jacksonville,” said Boots Farley, executive director of The First Tee of North Florida. “Thousands of youth in North Florida benefit from their generosity and our programs continue to grow with their support."
In addition to the donations to The First Tee of North Florida and The First Tee home office, the Web.com Tour Championship distributed $33,000 to several other charities in the Jacksonville area.
The announcement was made at The First Tee of North Florida Brentwood facility, with Mayor Brown, Brown and Farley joined by Web.com Tour president Bill Calfee and Web.com Tour chief operating officer Dan Glod in attendance, among others.
Recognized during the ceremony were Web.com Tour Championship outgoing Chairperson Anne Nimnicht and incoming Chair Jim McCarthy.
“The Web.com Tour Championship is a crown jewel tournament on the Web.com Tour schedule,” said Calfee. “Not only does it serve as the culminating week in our 25-event schedule, it highlights the awarding of the 50 PGA TOUR cards for the next season, which is the central focus of Web.com Tour competition throughout the year. With national media covering and Golf Channel and international entities televising the Championship, it clearly puts the spotlight on Jacksonville and The First Coast.
“The Web.com Tour Championship is proud to give back to the Jacksonville community,” said Glod. “We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Web.com and the City of Jacksonville to make a difference in so many people’s lives. We are all proud to be associated with Web.com and its leader David Brown, who makes so much of this possible.
“We thank Anne Nimnicht for her devoted service to not only the Web.com Tour Championship but also to THE PLAYERS and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf over these many years,” Glod added. “Her leadership and enthusiasm will be missed but we are excited to have Jim McCarthy as our new chairman and are confident he will do an excellent job.”
The 2015 edition of the Web.com Tour Championship will be played Oct. 1-4 at TPC Sawgrass-Dye’s Valley Course at PGA TOUR headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
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