Jack NIcklaus to Play in Turning Point Invitational
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Cornerstone Schools Announces Jack Nicklaus to play in August Turning Point Invitational
DETROIT — DATE XX, 2016 — The greatest champion in golf history is coming to Detroit in August to benefit children at the Cornerstone schools.
Golf icon Jack Nicklaus, the winner of a record 18 professional major championships and one of the nation’s most decorated athletes, will play in the Turning Point Invitational.
The two-day event is scheduled to begin with a gala and fundraising dinner Aug. 14, sponsored by the Ford Motor Co. That is followed by a one-day pro-am Aug. 15 at the Country Club of Detroit in Grosse Pointe Farms, sponsored by PriceWaterhouse Cooper and Lear Corporation.
The pro-am, including multiple other major champions, is being held concurrent to the 2016 U.S. Amateur at Oakland Hills—30 years after Nicklaus’ final major championship victory at the 1986 Masters and 55 years removed from his second and final U.S. Amateur title.
Cornerstone’s annual Turning Point Invitational is the schools big push to raise funds to provide quality educations for Detroit children.
“Most of the charitable efforts my wife Barbara and I have been involved in over the decades have focused on children, and securing them a happier today and brighter tomorrow,” Nicklaus said. “That is at the foundation of Cornerstone’s mission and ongoing efforts. So I am honored to join such a likeminded group and delighted to come to Detroit to be a part of an event that will help provide quality education for up to 5,000 children in Detroit. I applaud the work Cornerstone has done to educate so many deserving children.”
Twenty-five years ago, Cornerstone Schools opened its doors to 167 students. Today Cornerstone serves 2,800 students in Detroit through one K-12 private ISACS accredited school, four Grand Valley State University authorized charter schools; three K-8s and one charter high school.
The invitational was started in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Arnold Palmer’s victory in the 1954 U.S. Amateur Championship, played at the Country Club of Detroit. Since its inception, the event has raised $15 million. This year they are hoping to raise $3 million. The name of the invitational stems from Palmer’s first meeting with event co-founders Durant and the late Harold ‘Red” Poling, the former CEO of the Ford Motor Co. Palmer said his 1954 U.S. Amateur victory was the “turning point” in his life, and he wanted the event to help create turning points in the lives of the children at Cornerstone.
“I’m a pleased that Jack Nicklaus, along with a number of champion golfers, is coming to Michigan in August with a goal to raise $3 million to educate Detroit students at Cornerstone Schools,” said Clark Durant, a co-founder, of the Cornerstone Schools. “Funds raised during the 13th annual Turning Point Invitational will help get Cornerstone Schools to their goal of 5,000 students.”
Nicklaus, known as the “Golden Bear,” is widely regarded as the greatest champion in golf history, winning 120 professional tournaments worldwide, including the record 18 majors. Additionally, he finished runner-up in majors a staggering 19 times. He also won the most major championships on the PGA TOUR Champions (formerly the Senior PGA TOUR) with 10, and is the only golfer to have completed the career “Grand Slam” on both the regular and senior tours.
While establishing his legacy as golf’s greatest champion, Nicklaus built a parallel legacy as arguably the world’s most renowned golf course designer. He has been involved in the design of almost 300 courses worldwide, while his firm, Nicklaus Design, has designed 400 courses in 42 countries.
The Golden Bear is also lauded as one of sports’ greatest ambassadors, and along with wife Barbara, among the most tireless philanthropists. With a focus on children, particularly pediatric health care, the charitable efforts of Jack Nicklaus have contributed to him being one of only 17 people in history to be honored with both the Presidential Medal of Freedom (the nation’s highest civilian honor) and the Congressional Gold Medal (the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. Congress). Only seven athletes in 250 years have received the Congressional Gold Medal.
A number of other major champions have agreed to participate in the event such as Mark O’Meara (1998 Masters and British Open), Tom Lehman (1996 British Open), and Jerry Pate (1976 U.S. Open). The Turning Point Invitational started in 2004, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Arnold Palmer’s U.S. Amateur Championship victory at Country Club of Detroit. This year, the following U.S. Amateur Champions will be participating in the event: Matt Kuchar, Fred Ridley, John Harris, and Nathaniel Crosby. William McGirt, the winner this year in a sudden-death playoff at the Memorial Tournament (founded and hosted by Jack Nicklaus) will also attend.
“We are grateful for the tremendous generosity shown by Mr. Nicklaus and the other champions who are donating their time to help children in Detroit," Durant said. “Jack Nicklaus is a living legend who gave us one of the greatest sports moments of all time during the ’86 Masters, when he made the turn to shoot a 30 on the back nine to put the exclamation point on his incredible championship career. We’re honored to have him.”
There are three ways to get involved: Sponsor a classroom and play in the event with a PGA Tour professional or a past U.S. Amateur champion; sponsor a student for $2,500 and attend the exclusive pre-event dinner honoring Jack Nicklaus and the late Red Poling; or purchase a gallery ticket for $125 and enjoy a VIP experience, watching Jack Nicklaus play the historic course.
For general information, go to http://www.turningpoint2016.org/. For more information on playing in the invitational, email: Nicole.Webster@CornerstoneSchools.org.
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About Cornerstone Schools
The Cornerstone Schools serve more than 2,800 children in preschool through 12th grade in one independent and four charter schools. Their 25-year history of continued success in Detroit makes them a model for urban education across the nation. Character development, measured outcomes, a rigorous academic curriculum, small class sizes, uniforms, a safe school environment and the proven benefits of an 11-month school year are just a few of the aspects that will create a Cornerstone-quality education. For more information, visit www.cornerstoneschools.org. www.cornerstonecharters.org
About the Turning Point Invitational
The first Turning Point Invitational in 2004 brought 28 past U.S. Amateur champions together, including Arnold Palmer, and raised over $5 million for Cornerstone Schools. The Turning Point Invitational allows Cornerstone Schools to provide a world-class education and invest in the future of Detroit children. The 13th annual TPI again offers opportunities for businesses and individuals to invest in Detroit education. Since 2004, the Turning Point Invitational has raised more than $15 million for Cornerstone Schools. For more information visit http://www.turningpoint2016.org/.