Event’s proceeds will go toward helping children with the support and opportunities needed to play golf and lead healthy, active lives
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (Sept. 20, 2019) – On Sept. 16, PGA REACH, the PGA of America’s 501 (c)(3) charitable foundation, joined with Stephen and Ayesha Curry’s Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation, and Workday, a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources, to host the inaugural Stephen Curry Charity Classic presented by Workday.
The event’s proceeds will go toward helping children in the Bay Area and beyond with the support and opportunities needed to play the game of golf and lead healthy, active lives. The goal is to raise over $1 million to benefit both Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH.
“This means a lot,” said Curry. “This tournament is the first of many. The community, the next generation, they won today, too.”
Curry was joined by 50 two-person teams comprised of partners, donors and supporters for a fun day of team-based golf competition at Harding Park in San Francisco – future home of the 2020 PGA Championship in May of next year.
Notable executives and celebrities in attendance at the event included: Workday Co-Founder and CEO Aneel Bhusri, City and County of San Francisco Mayor London Breed, Brandt Snedeker (PGA Tour player), Dr. Condoleezza Rice (former Secretary of State), Dell Curry (former professional basketball player; father of Stephen Curry), Andre Iguodala (professional basketball player), Joe Lacob (majority owner of the Golden State Warriors), Chris O’Donnell (actor), and Michelle Wie (LPGA Tour player and PGA Jr. League Ambassador).
The multi-faceted golf experience kicked off with a skills challenge, followed by an 18-hole scramble. In the spirit of PGA Jr. League – the flagship youth pillar program of PGA REACH – the tournament followed the program’s two-person scramble format with all players wearing blue or orange numbered jerseys based on the division in which they were drafted.
Actor Chris O’Donnell and Doug Mackenzie won the blue division with 67 points, while David Bond and Kris Stone won the orange division with 73 points, earning them advancement to the one-hole shootout. In the shootout on Hole No. 18, O’Donnell and Symetra Tour Pro Casey Danielson competed alongside PGA of America President Suzy Whaley, PGA/LPGA, versus brothers Eric and Kris Stone paired with Stephen Curry. Teams took their shots from 93 yards.
Stephen Curry drained his 30-foot putt, only to be answered by Chris O’Donnell on the opposing team from 12 feet, which sent the teams into a chip-off. In the end, O’Donnell, Whaley and Danielson landed their chips closest to the hole, which earned them and their entire division a commemorative Stephen Curry Callaway wedge.
Those interested in learning more about the event and contributing in support of Eat. Learn. Play. and PGA REACH can visit the CrowdRise campaign page here.
About PGA REACH
PGA REACH is the 501(c)(3) charitable foundation of the PGA of America. The mission of PGA REACH is to positively impact the lives of youth, military and diverse populations by enabling access to PGA Professionals, PGA Sections and the game of golf. For more information, visit PGAREACH.org.
About Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation
Founded by three-time NBA champion and two-time MVP Stephen Curry and entrepreneur, host and The New York Times bestselling author Ayesha Curry, Eat. Learn. Play. Foundation seeks to unlock the human potential of every child. Focused on youth in underserved communities, the foundation’s programs are anchored around three core values vital to a successful childhood: nutrition, education and physical activity.
As emerging figures in the tech and food spaces, the Curry family is committed to increasing access to quality education for K-12 students, driving innovation and creativity and paving the way for bright futures. Eat. Learn. Play.’s education focus furthermore extends through college completion with a goal to close the graduation gap between low-income and minority students and their peers.
The foundation’s localized programs provide nutritious food for children in low-income neighborhoods to reduce childhood hunger, the tools to learn about holistic wellness and environments for safe play. In working with community partners across the country, Eat. Learn. Play is committed to collaboratively improving lives for today’s youth generation. For more information visit: https://eatlearnplay.org.
Workday is a leading provider of enterprise cloud applications for finance and human resources.Founded in 2005, Workday delivers financial management, human capital management, planning, and analytics applications designed for the world’s largest companies, educational institutions, and government agencies. Organizations ranging from medium-sized businesses to Fortune 50 enterprises have selected Workday.
About TPC Harding Park and The City and County of San Francisco:
Managed by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, TPC Harding Park is considered one of the top public golf courses in the United States. The majestic, tree-lined course was constructed in 1925 by famed architects Willie Watson and Sam Whiting. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, Harding has played host to numerous professional and local tournaments. In 1944, Harding Park hosted its first PGA TOUR event with Byron Nelson as the inaugural winner.
Throughout its history, Harding Park has crowned legendary champions such as Gary Player (1961), Ken Venturi (1966), Billy Casper (1968), and Tiger Woods (2005).TPC Harding Park hosts the annual San Francisco City Golf Championship, one of the oldest running amateur golf events in the country and has also played host to numerous professional golf tournaments, including a thrilling WGC-Amex World Golf Championship in 2005, the President’s Cup in 2009, and the Charles Schwab Cup in 2010, 2011, and 2013.
In July of 2014, the PGA TOUR, the PGA of America, and The City and County of San Francisco announced an unprecedented partnership to bring the 2015 World Golf Championship Match Play, 2020 PGA Championship, and 2025 Presidents Cup to TPC Harding Park. This extraordinary announcement elevated TPC Harding Park to become just the fifth municipal course ever to host a Major Championship in the 120 year history of American championship golf.