Sunday: Eagles for Education
ARDMORE, Pa. – Through a unique partnership between the USGA and Chevron, students throughout the world are benefitting from every eagle made during the 113th U.S. Open at Merion Golf Club.
Called Eagles for Education, this charitable initiative encourages science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) students to see their disciplines come to life through the game of golf. The program calls for Chevron and the USGA to donate $5,000 for every eagle and $10,000 for every double eagle made during the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open. However, Chevron announced a dramatic increase in the donation amount for the final round of the U.S. Open - $50,000 for every eagle and $100,000 for every double eagle or hole-in-one.
Today, during the final round, two dramatic swings resulted in $150,000 going toward this worthy endeavor. On the par-3 17th hole, 31-year-old Shawn Stefani hit a 4-iron tee shot that landed in the greenside rough and then bounced back onto the putting surface and rolled clear across the green before dropping gently into the cup
Nearly five hours later, in a moment that looked like it might decide the outcome of the championship, Phil Mickelson holed out a wedge shot on the short par-4 10th hole from 75 yards in the rough. The deafening roar made by the crowd was heard in every corner of the Merion grounds.
These two shots mean that $150,000 will go toward Eagles for Education, an innovative program that is making a positive difference in the lives of thousands of young people.