By John Strege
Twenty-five years ago, wives of PGA Tour players elected to form an association "to render support and provide assistance to needy children and their families through the means of charitable events," their website says.
The PGA Tour Wives Association has raised more than $5 million for charities through a variety of fundraisers, the latest of which is a commemmorative book, "Beyond the Fairways and Greens: A Look Inside the Lives of PGA Tour Families." The cost for the 384-page hardcover volume published by Butler Books is $50, with net proceeds to benefit PTWA charities.
"This book tells the story of what the players and wives are like off the golf course," Amy Wilson, wife of Mark Wilson and the president of the PTWA, said in a news release. "It is a tribute to the charitable organizations we have been blessed to work with and the individuals who make a difference every day in the lives of children."
The book includes 134 recipies from tour families, including those of Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus to those of Phil Mickelson, Luke Donald and Rickie Fowler.
"Since its inception, I have witnessed first hand the power of the PGA Tour Wives Association," CBS' Jim Nantz wrote in the foreword to the book. "They continue to make a positive impact in the communities they visit throughout the year. This book is an insight into the famiies behind these remarkable women and a sample of the charities they have forever changed over the last 25 years."