17 April 2012 - Retief Goosen, a seven-time PGA TOUR event winner, wired money in the amount of $150,000 to the Retief Goosen Charitable Foundation. This contribution is a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from The Presidents Cup 2011 at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, in which Retief participated as a member of the International Team for the sixth time in his career.
The Presidents Cup is a unique golf event in that there is no purse or prize money. Players are not personally paid for their participation; instead, each competitor, captain and captain's assistant allocates their portion of the proceeds generated to chosen charitable causes. The Retief Goosen Charitable Foundation is the organization chosen by Retief and he set up the foundation to promote, increase awareness, and raise money for those charities that are close to both his and his family's hearts.
Retief set up the RGCF primarily for those charitable causes in his home country of South Africa, however, he also wanted to ensure that the RGCF has a global reach.
Retief feels privileged to have had the opportunity to travel the world extensively with his career and wherever he travels to, the hospitality shown to him by the local community is always appreciated and where possible, he would like to pay back those communities with his Foundation's support.
The RGCF also follows the principle of funding those charities that are already self-supporting in their day-to-day running but where the donation of extra funds can make a difference.
A total of $4.5 million will be distributed to charitable causes around the world from The Presidents Cup 2011, a record-setting amount for this prestigious competition and part of the more than $27 million raised since the inception of event in 1994.
The Presidents Cup is a biennial match-play competition between the United States Team and the International Team, which was first contested in 1994. The International Team includes the world’s best players from non-European countries. The ninth playing of the event occurred November 15-20, 2011, at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, which was the first international venue to host this prestigious competition more than once.
The U.S. Team captured The Presidents Cup for the seventh time, led by Captain Fred Couples and a 5-0-0 performance by veteran Jim Furyk. Tiger Woods, one of Couples’ two captain's picks, clinched the Cup for the United States with a 4-and-3 win over Australia's Aaron Baddeley in Sunday Singles. For Woods, it was the second consecutive time he had scored the winning point at The Presidents Cup, becoming only the second player to accomplish that feat (Couples, 1994, 1996) and the first captain's pick to do so. Greg Norman's International Team played well, but was undone by the Foursomes competition. The Internationals were outscored 8-3 in foursomes and eventually lost the Cup by four points (19-15).
The U.S. holds a 7-1-1 record in The Presidents Cup overall. The International Team last won The Presidents Cup in 1998 when it was held outside the United States for the first time, also at Royal Melbourne Golf Club. A historic 17-17 tie came in 2003 when the event was held in South Africa.
For more information on The Presidents Cup, visit www.PresidentsCup.com.
Angela Jones, Retief Goosen Charitable Foundation - email@example.com
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Apr 17, 2012