Slaughter Introduces Resolution Commemorating Rochester’s Big Year in Golf

WASHINGTON – Today, on National Golf Day, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter (D-NY) introduced a resolution to commemorate both the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Championships being held in the Rochester area this summer. The 95th PGA Championship will be held from August 5-11 at Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, NY, the region’s oldest and most challenging course which has played host to events such as the Ryder Cup, the Senior Open Championship, and two previous PGA championships. Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, NY, which has played host to the Wegmans LPGA Championship since 1977, will welcome the event again this year from June 3-9.

Golf is a billion-dollar industry in New York State. According to the New York Golf Task Force, the state’s direct golf economy is estimated to be close to $3 billion, and is responsible for tens of thousands of jobs in the state.
Below, please find the text of the resolution introduced by Rep. Slaughter.
Recognizing Golf Day in America and the communities of Pittsford and Rochester, New York which are hosting the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) and Professional Golf Association (PGA) Championships.
Whereas April 16, 2013 is designated as Golf Day in America;
Whereas New York State continues to grow every year as a premier destination for golfers from across the world seeking the chance to play some of its challenging courses;
Whereas Locust Hill Country Club in Pittsford, New York will host the Wegmans LPGA Championship from June 3-9, 2013;
Whereas Locust Hill Country Club has played host to the LPGA Wegmans Championship for over 40 years, beginning in 1977;
Whereas the LPGA will donate 100% of the proceeds from the Wegmans LPGA Championship to benefit the United Way’s Graduation is the Goal program which aids evidence-based programs that show promise in delivering on the Graduation is the Goal mission.
Whereas the LPGA has distributed proceeds from the tournament to over 15 local  United Way agencies including the Rochester Hearing and Speech Center, Girl Scouts of Western New York, Family Resource Centers of Crestwood Children’s Center, Urban League, YMCA, and Boys and Girls Club among many others;
Whereas Oak Hill Country Club in Rochester, New York will host the 95th PGA Championship from August 8-11, 2013;
Whereas Oak Hill Country Club has earned a reputation as one of the elite courses in New York State, as well as around the world, by hosting 10 professional and amateur tournaments since 1949, the only course to hold such a distinction;
Whereas the PGA is supporting local charities and helping community organizations in conjunction with Oak Hill and its partners during the PGA Championship, including supporting more than 80 charities, conducting a youth clinic, and founding Reach for the Green and committing $75,000 to enable Rochester City School District children to attend college.
Whereas the PGA and its partners have created the H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) program, a 5-week program designed to introduce veterans with disabilities to the game of golf to enhance their mental, social, physical, and emotional well-being;
Whereas LPGA and PGA tournaments bolster local economies as well as promote the game of golf, which:

·         Contributes more than $1 billion dollars to the overall state economy.
·         Supports over 50,000 jobs across the many areas of the golf industry including over 1,100 golf related businesses throughout the state.
·         Generates millions of dollars in hospitality and tourism from non-local spectators visiting the greater Rochester area.Whereas the Rochester area will host two of the biggest championships in men’s and women’s professional golf separated only by two months this summer;
Resolved, that the LPGA, PGA and the communities of Pittsford and Rochester, New York are recognized for their dedication to the region and their support of the local economy.

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