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:
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
“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.