January 07, 2008

Pro Golfer Retief Goosen Designates Lupus Foundation of America for Generous President's Cup Contribution

Retief Goosen, a six-time PGA TOUR event winner, including the 2001 and 2004 U.S. Open Championship, recently designated the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. to receive a contribution in the amount of $12,500. This generous gift represents a portion of the charitable proceeds generated from the 2007 Presidents Cup at The Royal Montreal Golf Club in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which Goosen participated in as a member of the International Team.

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, but each competitor is allowed to allocate funds to chosen charitable causes. Goosen, who competed on the International Team for the fourth time in his career and scored two points for International Team Captain Gary Player, designated the Lupus Foundation of America to receive his contribution. This is Goosen’s second donation to the LFA, a cause close to his heart, as a member of his family has the disease.

More than $4.2 million was distributed to charitable causes from the 2007 Presidents Cup, a record for this prestigious competition and part of the nearly $18 million raised since the inception of event.

In addition to his six PGA TOUR victories, Goosen, a native of South Africa, has collected 22 tournament trophies around the world. His most recent win came at the 2007 Comercialbank Qatar Masters on the European Tour, helping Goosen to a ninth-place finish on the European Tour’s Order of Merit. Since joining the PGA TOUR in 2001, Goosen has finished inside the top 20 on the money list in all but one season.

The Presidents Cup, a team match play competition featuring 24 of the world’s top golfers – 12 from the United States and 12 from around the world, excluding Europe – is held every two years, and since 1996 has alternated between United States and international venues. This year, the U.S. Team retained the Cup from the Internationals in one of the most exciting and successful events to date.

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