Written By: Farah Vitale
The Discovery Museum is receiving a $50,000 donation thanks to golfer Rhein Gibson. In July, he scored a double-eagle in the Barracuda Golf Championship at Montrêux Golf and Country Club. A double-eagle is acing a par-4 hole or scoring a 2 on a par-5 hole. Gibson scored a 2 on the par-5 18th hole from 175 yards. A double-eagle is quite rare and disputably the odds of getting it are 1 million to 1. The sponsor, Barracuda, promised a $100,000 charitable donation for a double-eagle during the tournament.
The donations make history.
Barracuda chose to give $50,000 to the Discovery Museum and the other $50,000 to a charity. The museum is under a challenge grant from the Terry Wells Foundation. Terry Wells is matching the $50,000 to make $100,000 for the museum. Most of the money will go toward providing educational field trips. They also had a 1,200 square-foot booth to teach the science of golf at the Barracuda Championship. Next summer, they are planning an even bigger exhibit.
The Reno-Tahoe Open Foundation is the non-profit that oversees The Barracuda Championship. They will be donating $382,551 to 62 separate charities nationwide, the largest amount in the 17 years of Reno PGA Tour history. Each charity will be receiving anywhere between $500 and $75,000. They have been able to give back to an extensive list of charities in Northern Nevada and have given over $3.6 million dollars to date. They have also been supporting the troops by bringing back military activities that take place during the Championship.
The Barracuda Championship at Montrêux is one of the 45 PGA Tour events in the world and it’s bringing professional sports to the Reno-Tahoe area. The Montrêux golf course is the third longest course on the PGA TOUR. It’s also rated the 6th most difficult course among all PGA TOUR events. Want to take a swing at the pro-level course? Check out all the great membership opportunities Montreux has available here.
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