$585,000 Pledged to Eagles for Education in 2013

Two-year total tops $1.2 million for innovative program

August 7, 2013

Phil Mickelson's eagle on the par-4 10th hole during the final round of the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club was worth $50,000 for Chevron's Eagles for Education. (USGA/John Mummert)

FAR HILLS, N.J. – This year’s U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open not only produced outstanding championship drama and identified three deserving champions in Justin Rose, Inbee Park and Kenny Perry, they also resulted in a significant educational investment that will benefit young people around the country.

Thanks to the generosity and innovation of Chevron, one of the USGA’s valued partners, $585,000 was raised during the three Open championships for the Eagles for Education program. This special charitable initiative allocates $5,000 for every eagle and $10,000 for every double eagle or hole-in-one made at the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open to help fund golf-related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) enriched educational programs, with a total annual minimum commitment of $500,000 shared between Chevron and the USGA.

At the 113th U.S. Open, played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., 11 eagles were made, including a hole-in-one by Shawn Stefani on the 17th hole during the final round that, because of a decision by Chevron to increase the donation amounts for the final round, meant a whopping $100,000 for Eagles for Education.

“The hole in one at the U.S. Open was easily one of the great thrills of my career,” said Stefani. “When the USGA told me afterwards that it also meant a $100,000 donation to the Eagles for Education program I couldn’t have been happier. It was a perfect shot with a great extra benefit.”

To view the Eagles for Education recap for each round of the U.S. Open, click on the links below:
First Round
Second Round
Third Round
Final Round

Next up was the 68th U.S. Women’s Open, held at Sebonack Golf Club in Southampton, N.Y. The most talented female players in the world made 11 eagles – the same total seen at Merion for the U.S. Open – accounting for $55,000 toward Eagles for Education.

Among the highlights during the U.S. Women’s Open was a wedge shot approach on the par-5 18th hole by Juli Inkster, which went into the hole for an eagle 3. Inkster was making her record 34th career U.S. Women’s Open start. For a full list of eagles made during the 2013 U.S. Women’s Open, click here.

Two weeks after the U.S. Women’s Open, the 34th U.S. Senior Open, was held at Omaha Country Club in Omaha, Nebraska. Huge crowds saw the finest 50-and-older players in the world battle on a hilly, demanding layout – and also saw them make 31 eagles throughout the four rounds. This high number of eagles, combined with Chevron’s increased contribution for eagles made in the third and fourth rounds, to $15,000 apiece, resulted in a total U.S. Senior Open contribution of $335,000.

“It’s great to know that two of my best shots at the Senior Open did more than move me up the leader board,” said Michael Allen, who eagled the par-5 sixth hole in the first round and the par-5 14th hole in the second round. “I’m very pleased that Chevron and the USGA are creatively working together like this to help educate kids.”

For a full list of the eagles made during the U.S. Senior Open, click here.

Eagles for Education is part of Chevron’s broad support as an official partner of the USGA, where the two organizations work together to implement student-friendly content and unique experiences that showcase the science behind golf to drive interest in STEM education, while introducing young people to many of the fundamental elements of the game.

When this year’s $585,000 contribution is combined with 2012’s total, the two-year donation by Chevron and the USGA to Eagles for Education tops $1.2 million.




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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website, www.usopen.com, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit http://www.usopen.com/IBM

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

For more information on Lexus, visit http://www.lexus.com/

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

For more information on American Express visit www.americanexpress.com/entertainment

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