Tiger Woods’ TGR Foundation Shares a Touching Story While Celebrating Women’s Golf Day

Published 06/06/2023, 10:37 AM EDT

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Tiger Woods is a name synonymous with golf and where it stand today globally. The legendary golfer has acclaimed numerous laurels and left countless legacies that have arguably made the sport reach new heights and greater audience worldwide. But, what if there is more to the 82-time PGA Tour winner than his awe-inspiring career?

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That is exactly what the golf G.O.A.T represents. A combination of a terrific golfer and an even more incredible human being, he has not only achieved a lot of fame through golf but ensured to give back to the game that has made him what he is today. This includes the TGR Foundation established by the professional. While the organization has laid the foundation for thousands of young dreams to come true, it shares yet another inspirational journey that has grabbed major recognition all over on Women’s Golf Day.

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It was 1996 when the father-son duo, Tiger and Earl Woods, started the ‘TGR Foundation’. The setup largely included education programs for young minds along with providing the required help during their college admissions. The association has flourished immensely since its start two decades ago, and has served a multitude of talented individuals with genuine opportunities.

In 2006, the initiative expanded to incorporate practical learning experiences for its students of STEM. On the occasion of Women’s Golf Day 2023, one similar case was highlighted by the foundation.

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Through its extended aid that supports Ariana Perez, a legal enthusiast and a golf lover, the organization set an example for evolving women’s golf. The initiative has ensured that a strong message was conveyed along those lines; one that reflected on the importance of encouraging young individuals especially girls to participate and follow their dreams.

Perez is a part of the TGR Learning Lab student-athletes. The tweet by the TGR Foundation shared how accessibility to various resources has allowed her to gain innumerable golf skills. In addition to this, it has also provided a hands-on experience to Perez in professional settings for her career goal.

This has further allowed the young golfer to chase after her aspirations and conquer hopeful opportunities. One of the opportunities includes a chance to play golf on a bigger stage like the TGR JR Invitational. And that is exactly what Ariana Perez aimed at!

Ariana Perez’s participation in the inaugural TGR JR Invitational

Ariana, through her diligence and hard work, has made a name for herself in the STEM and golf programs of Woods’ initiative. Her efforts have further been recognized with her selection as a participant in the TGR JR Invitational. Relatively new, the tournament provides budding golfers with a rare opportunity to experience a different level of competition.

In TGR JR, a total of 60 golfers take on the greens as they are exposed to the sport. Last year, 13 golfers out of the sixty invited, were SCGA Junior members. Ariana Perez was also one among them. The venue of the event, The Hay at Pebble Beach and The Links at Spanish Bay, have allowed the competitors to encounter fun, yet challenging golf courses. In fact, The Hay was not long ago redesigned by Tiger Woods himself to present a shorter course.

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About her participation in the inaugural event of the Invitational, Perez said, “My favorite golf experience would be playing in the TGR JR Invitational at Pebble Beach. I got to meet Tiger Woods, and I made a 35- foot putt for birdie on the last hole. That was really fun.” She also added that golf is a dynamic game and there is a lot to like about it. Especially the kind of space it has built for young individuals like Perez.

It’s opened the doors for me,’ the junior concluded her statement. Without any doubt, the energy of golf is changing. More athletes, especially young girls, are entering the golf arena. With opportunities like the one TGR Foundation provides, the future of golf appears safe.

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What do you think of the noble work TGR Foundation is taking on? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Areeba Basharat

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Areeba Basharat is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. She drives inspiration from the women players at the LPGA who've taken the sport to a level that allows female golfers to flourish and thrive with grace. Areeba defines her love for the sport by quoting legend, Michelle Wie West : "The first time I grabbed a golf club, I knew that I would do it for the rest of my life."
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Manaal Siddiqui

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