Sept. 29, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. - Current professional golfer Jim Furyk has earmarked $25,000 for the University of Arizona in conjunction with his participation in the 2010 Ryder Cup matches.
As member of the 2010 United States Ryder Cup team, the PGA Tour of America is donating $200,000 to the charities of Furyk's choice of which a sizeable amount will go to the University of Arizona.
Furyk and his U.S. teammates will compete in the 38th Ryder Cup, Oct. 1-3, at Celtic Manor Resort in Newport, Wales.
A member of the Arizona men's golf team from 1988-92, Furyk has been a member of the PGA Tour since 1993. In that span, he has won 16 tour events - three this season, including the PGA Tour Championship - and played in the last six Ryder Cup matches.
While at Arizona, Furyk was a member of Arizona's 1992 national championship team. He was a two-time All-American and a three-time all-Pac-10 selection. His 176 career rounds played ranks fourth in Arizona history. A Mary J. Roby Academic Award winner in 1989 and 1991, Furyk was inducted into the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame in 1997.
Furyk's donation to his alma mater will be used in conjunction with the PGA of America's Play Golf America University. The program is designed to teach and engage students in the game of golf through PGA Professional instruction and other golf programs.
"First off, thank you to Jim and Tabitha for their generous support of our golf program and the Play Golf America program. We are extremely proud to have Jim as an alum and we are thrilled at his incredible accomplishments," said Greg Byrne, University of Arizona director of athletics.
One of the most generous former UA student-athletes, Furyk also has made donations following his six previous Ryder Cup and two Presidents Cup appearances.
Each player and captain of the 2010 U.S. Ryder Cup team contributed $200,000 to various charitable categories. The PGA of America established this plan in 1999, where the organization will distribute a total of $2.6 million to charities and universities throughout the nation on behalf of the U.S. participants in the Ryder Cup matches.