ONTARIO, California (December 20th, 2023) The Southern California PGA (SCPGA) is delighted to announce a special donation of $100,000 to the SCPGA Foundation from SCPGA Junior Tour Alumni Max Homa through the Ryder Cup Outreach Program of the PGA of America.
Since the start of the 2023 season, Homa has been dedicated to supporting the SCPGA. During this season, Homa has made a significant contribution to SoCal junior golfers with the naming of the Toyota Tour Cup Max Homa Invitational tournament, a three-day, 54-hole invitational that was ranked by The World Amateur Golf Rankings (WAGR).
The Ryder Cup Outreach Program, an initiative of the PGA of America, provides each member of the U.S. Team with $200,000 to donate to a charity, or charities, of their choice. These biannual gifts have resulted in distributing more than $28.6 million to over 200 charitable organizations since 1999.
Homa has committed half of his designated funds to the SCPGA Foundation to support junior golf programs in Southern California. Max and his wife, Lacey, also donated $100,000 to the Phoenix Children's Hospital/Ava's Tree House.
Homa participated in the SCPGA Junior Tour from 2005-2008 and enjoyed a successful junior golf career before starting his collegiate journey at the University of California. Notably, Homa won medalist honors at the Toyota Tour Cup at SilverRock event in 2008. As one of the most successful alumni of the program, Homa is a six-time PGA Tour Champion, including victories at the Farmers Insurance Open (2023), Fortinet Championship (2022 & 2021), The Genesis Invitational (2021), and the Wells Fargo Championship (2022 & 2019).
"We are extremely grateful for Max's generous donation and continued support of the SCPGA Junior Tour. Max has seen great success on the PGA TOUR, and his support of the program he grew up participating in is a testament to his character. His contribution will ensure that we can continue to provide top-quality competitive opportunities for the youth of Southern California,” said Nikki Gatch, PGA, SCPGA Executive Director / CEO.
Homa continues to be a strong supporter of junior golf, specifically the SCPGA Junior Tour. He will host the second annual Max Homa Invitational, part of the SCPGA Toyota Tour Cup, on February 17-19, 2024, following the PGA TOUR Genesis Invitational.
READ FULL RELEASE ON SCPGAJRTOUR.COMPHOTO: Max Homa welcomes a SCPGA Junior Tour Member at the 2023 Max Homa Invitational held at Oak Valley Golf Club.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PGA
The Southern California Section was established in 1924, and today is comprised of over 1,700 golf Professionals working at over 500 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Southern California Section (SCPGA) is that Purpose of the PGA of America, to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. The SCPGA provides competitive playing opportunities, educational seminars, and growth of the game initiatives, within a geographic area that stretches from San Luis Obispo to the Tijuana Border, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada and Arizona borders.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PGA FOUNDATION
The SCPGA created the Southern California PGA Foundation to develop and administer junior golf programs as well as an increasingly wide array of other community services throughout the Section. The Southern California PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates as a public foundation. The SCPGA Foundation is involved in and supports the growth of the game of golf through initiatives such as ClubsForeYouth®, Youth Putting Championship, Neighborhood Golf, The SCPGA Foundation Classic, along with providing juniors numerous scholarship opportunities.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PGA JUNIOR TOUR
Established in 1948, the Southern California PGA now hosts one of the largest and most respected junior golf programs in the country. The SCPGA Junior Tour is a three-tiered program featuring the Toyota Tour Cup, the Players Tour and the Junior Development Tour. Together, these three tours administer over 290 tournaments annually for kids of all ages and skill-levels. These events provide playing opportunities throughout Southern California, many of which are hosted by PGA facilities. The Junior Tour boasts countless alumni including Max Homa, Tiger Woods, Patrick Cantlay, Lizette Salas, Rickie Fowler, Danielle Kang, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff, Angel Yin, Xander Schauffele, and many more.
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