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The Gary Player Gift


Gary Player, the Black Knight from South Africa, exemplifies attitude equals altitude, ever positive and energized. Player grew up on a farm in South Africa where his father worked in the gold mines and his mother passed away at an early age. He was introduced to the game at 14 years old through his caddy job, which he took to earn money. Player vowed the day he received his first set of clubs that he would some day be the best golfer in the world. He went on to win over 160 events worldwide, nine major championships, and is known as the "world traveler" and one of the top three golfers of all time! Player’s first place winner’s check of $15,000 in 1958 was what he called the rocket fuel that propelled him to go on to such a wonderful career. The win made Player feel like he belonged on the PGA Tour; he knew at that moment that he would indeed become one of the greatest!

This gift is our own rocket fuel! It will launch one young athlete’s year, providing travel and tournament fees, access to the academic center, private golf coaching, lifetime learning mentors, and a player profile. In addition to the tournament exposure, it will also give many hours of preparation for the SAT or ACT standardized tests. This life-changing exposure to college coaches will provide opportunities to gain acceptance into a great university.