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Tom Edrington

Tom Edrington spent the first 10 years of his misguided youth as a sports writer for the Tampa Tribune. His career brought him face to face with many of sports greatest stars -- Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Muhammad Ali, Don Shula, countless Hall of Fame NFL stars, more PGA Tour players than he can count. In 1980 he was honored by the Golf Writers Association of America for writing the best news story that year, his coverage of Jack Nicklaus' U.S. Open victory at Baltusrol. Today, 36 years later, golf is still a great part of his life, thanks to competitive playing days and the wonderful people he has met on this fabulous journey.

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    Like a dose of castor oil.

    I recall you touched on this theme earlier. I know the pro golfers themselves are for the most part very wealthy, or at least, pretty wealthy. But I see Stacey Lewis graciously donate all her winnings in a tournament to Houston disaster relief after the floods there, and watch Charlie Hoffman donate all his winnings in a Las Vegas tourney to a Las Vegas cause after the Mandalay Bay shootings. Charlie commented that he felt it “was the least he could do.”

    The PGA Tour can donate $275K to the Clinton machine. Wonder how the PGA $ directed toward actual real time victims in these horrific situations stacked up compared to Stacey and Charlie’s actions? (rhetorical question, of course)

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: You can go through the detailed pages of this tax return and see every donation made by the PGA Tour…..will certainly open your eyes and everyone elses’……

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    I did look them over until my eyes blurred on the list of organizations that received donations. Considering how much they do donate and to how many organizations, I wonder if they have (or need) some sort of policy that if a golfer donates winnings like Stacey or Charlie did, they would match it?

    I’m just not that plugged in; perhaps they do something like this already…Maybe I’m wrong but I thought you might have already called them out for their relative lack of generosity as compared to what Stacey did.

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      Tom Edrington

      RM: Exactly……most of the money that goes to the charities is actually raised and donated by the local groups such as the Salesmanship Club in Dallas and the Firebirds in Phoenix, etc.

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    Have you done a side-by-side analysis of the income & salaries for our other favorite pastime non-profits, the NFL & MLB? I’d guess they might both dwarf the PGA.

    But, hey…doesn’t the PGA provide you a livelihood?

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      Tom Edrington

      Provides a continuation of my previous writing life, commercial real estate provides my livelihood…….also the NFL and MLB are much larger entities from a fan standpoint and money standpoint……I was shocked to see the PGA Tour’s biggest check goes to the World Golf Foundation so the tour is apparently underwriting the World Golf Hall of Fame, which no doubt is a big money loser

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