“Encouraging the next generation of golf by giving them access to things like this is very good for the health and prosperity of the game,” Mike Fitzgerald, the bank’s chief revenue officer, said.
Vouchers will be available to youth organizations in Georgia with a special focus on those organizations that involve golf. In addition, the bank’s Buckhead, Norcross, Alpharetta and Sugarloaf locations will be giving away individual vouchers to young people who come into the branch to claim them.
The voucher giveaway is part of the bank’s Grow the Game initiative aimed at encouraging athletics at an amateur level in the community, as well as youth involvement in community events.
“There is a perceived exclusivity in golf that we can help overcome,” Fitzgerald said.
The bank also supports other Atlanta sports and cultural strongholds, such as the Atlanta Braves.
The U.S. Amateur will take place Aug. 11 through 17. In the final round, set for Aug. 17, the two finalists will play for the title. It will also be televised on NBC.
The U.S. Amateur is one of the oldest and most established golf tournaments in the country, according to Fitzgerald. Since it does not have a fixed location, this is the first time State Bank and Trust will be a title sponsor, as well as the first time they will give away free tickets.
This is a unique opportunity for Atlanta residents, especially because of the connections to Bobby Jones, one of Atlanta’s most beloved golfers. Fitzgerald said it honors the “history and legacy of Bobby Jones, and this tournament is being played basically in his backyard.”
Fitzgerald said not only is this opportunity good for Atlanta residents, but it is good for the city as well. He also said it is “good for our community, local economy, legacy and history of golf.”
The location honors this as well.
“Having the jewel of the Atlanta Athletic Club in the metropolitan area is often underappreciated,” Fitzgerald said.
Vouchers can be obtained for an organization online at http://usamateur.statebt.com. Individual vouchers for people up to age 23, the first 500 of which come with an additional adult admission ticket, can be picked up from the Buckhead location at 415 E. Paces Ferry Road. Residents will also receive a free T-shirt with their vouchers.
Calls to a spokesperson for the U.S. Golf Association, which is hosting the tournament, seeking comment were not returned at press time.