The Augusta National Golf Club will be making a seismic donation of $2 million for the fight against the coronavirus in the Augusta area.
The club announced the decision on Monday in a media release, saying they will be joining forces with a local community foundation to aid relief and support.
Chairman of the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, Fred Ridley, said the club hopes the donation will help the city and region to combat the challenges faced due to coronavirus pandemic.
‘We believe Augusta National has an important responsibility to support and protect the community who has so generously and consistently supported us for many years,’ said Ridley.
‘We are grateful to the Community Foundation for their continued partnership during this unprecedented time and especially appreciative to the dedicated healthcare providers, first responders and many others working tirelessly to fight the effects of this pandemic. They are truly leading this important charge, and we hope these contributions will inspire others to support their efforts.’
Half of the money donated will go the Augusta University in order to extend their testing reach in the area, while the other half will be used by the Covid-19 CSRA Emergency Fund, which was implemented by the Community Foundation.
This year’s Masters was due to start on 9 April but has subsequently been postponed due to the pandemic, while there is a possibility that it could be scheduled for later this year.