Charlotte PGA Tour Stop a Boon for Charities; Milwaukee Event Shutters After 42 Years

PGA Tour 150After 42 years, the PGA Tour stop in Milwaukee will come to end. The Milwaukee Golf Charities board of directors has voted to dissolve the organization that ran the annual event after sponsor U.S. Bank declined to pick up a three-year option.

The charity component is one of the greatest appeals to a PGA Tour stop. In 2009, the Milwaukee event was able to contribute $520,000 to area charities (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, 10/15).

In Charlotte: The 2009 Quail Hollow Championship in Charlotte garnered $1.6 million in donations to area organizations, including $800,000 to Teach For America in Charlotte, $150,000 to Levine Children’s Hospital and $100,000 to The First Tee of Charlotte. In the past seven years, the event has contributed upwards of $11 million and assisted in providing awareness for various organizations.

Teach For America has been the tournament’s primary charitable beneficiary since 2003. During that time, the organization has received more than $7 million from tournament proceeds to support its national efforts to expand educational opportunity.

This year, the Quail Hollow Championship also hosted Walk the Course Against Domestic Violence on Tuesday evening of tournament week. Over 850 people walked the Quail Hollow Club golf course and raised not only awareness but also more than $100,000 for two local Domestic Violence organizations. The event was organized by the Avon Foundation, the PGA TOUR Wives Association and the Quail Hollow Championship (Quail Hollow Championship).