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FedEx St. Jude Classic: Young Golfer Inspires with His ‘Drive to Survive’

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:26 Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:12

Jacob AcurioMEMPHIS, Tennessee (Doug Milne/PGA TOUR) — When Danielle Cage got the news, she literally felt the blood drain from her face.

Her three-month-old son Jacob Acurio, she was told, had cancer. With a neuroblastoma survival rate of just 55 percent back then in 2002, Jacob’s life could’ve easily ended before it really even started.

“The emotions after hearing that your child has cancer is a difficult thing to describe,” said Cage. “It was just very, very difficult to process that. From there, it was like jumping into a nightmare. It was the reality of having the worst thing that could happen to your child happen. I was in shock. I was physically sick and emotionally sick. Simply, I panicked.”

But, as they have done so many times before, a life was given new lease.

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Web.com Tour Players Visit Cleveland Clinic Children’s During Rust-Oleum Championship

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:12 Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:06

Cleveland Clinic Peds FloorsCLEVELAND, Ohio (Kevin Prise/PGA TOUR Charities) — With the NBA Finals taking place in Cleveland this week, site of the Web.com Tour’s Rust-Oleum Championship, the Midwestern city is abuzz with energy.

“The whole city, it’s like everybody is in high spirits,” said Web.com Tour player Matt Fast, a Phoenix Suns fan who has adopted the Cavaliers for this week. “It’s all you’re talking about. It’s all people are talking about. Everyone has come together for this one common goal.”

The feelings of excitement have extended to Cleveland Clinic Children’s, a nationally-regarded children’s hospital which provides heart care, transplant services, cancer care and more.

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The Memorial Teams with Callaway Golf, Birdies for the Brave to Honor Purple Heart Recipients in Ohio

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:06 Thursday, 11 June 2015 05:59

altDUBLIN, Ohio (PGA TOUR Charities) — For PGA TOUR players, having the opportunity to be fitted for clubs on-site at tournaments nationwide is par for the course; but for two Ohio-area combat-wounded veterans, it’s a dream come true.  During The Memorial Tournament Presented By Nationwide at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, OH, Callaway Golf continued its long-standing support for wounded veterans by fitting Purple Heart recipients Army Staff Sergeant Jason Gibson and Marine Lance Corporal Danny Ruck with their own custom set of Callaway clubs as part of Birdies for the Brave’s Callaway Warrior Club Fitting Program.  The experience proved to be extremely meaningful for these American heroes, both of whom were seriously injured during tours of duty in Afghanistan.

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CN Future Links Kicks Off Community Tour in Kamloops Region with 15 Golf in Schools Adoptions

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 June 2015 08:03 Tuesday, 09 June 2015 07:58

altCN and Golf Canada announced the continuation of CN’s school adoption program this year in Kamloops as an extension of their dedication to junior golf through the CN Future Links Community Tour.

Close to 50 students from both Sk’elep School of Excellence and Pinantan Lake Elementary celebrated with a CN Future Links Field Trip event at Mount Paul Golf Course in honour of CN’s recent adoption of 15 local schools in the Kamloops region. Students received lessons in safety, putting, driving and chipping from Head Professional, Danny Latten.

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NBC Sports to Broadcast The Open in the United States Starting in 2017

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2015 22:35 Monday, 08 June 2015 22:27

British Open TrophyThe R&A has announced NBC Sports Group will become its media partner in the United States for a twelve year term from 2017 – 2028 inclusive. 

The agreement includes coverage across all media of The Open, The Senior Open, Walker Cup and The Amateur Championship and will feature coverage on NBC and Golf Channel in English and NBC Universo in Spanish.

R&A Chief Executive, Peter Dawson, said “We are delighted to announce that from 2017, The Open will be broadcast by NBC Sports Group.  They have unparalleled experience in golf and have demonstrated a genuine desire to showcase and promote The Open and The R&A’s elite championships through their extensive range of channels and digital platforms.  

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