J.B Holmes Designates $90,000 for New UK Golf Class

March 6, 2009

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Noted Kentucky men's golf alumnus J.B. Holmes' success in the 2008 Ryder Cup has parlayed into a new program partnering the UK College of Education and the Professional Golfers' Association to teach classes at the University of Kentucky starting this spring.

Holmes and the PGA designated $90,000 over the next two years for the Play Golf America University (PGAU).

The PGAU is a PGA of America college and University program, designated to teach and engage students in the game of golf through professional instruction and other golf programs.

"I am very proud to be able to give back to the University of Kentucky in a manner which will allow future students to enjoy the great academic environment that UK provides," Holmes said.

Kentucky and the PGAU will kick off the program next week with an eight-week class with two hours of instruction on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at the Man-O-War Golf Center in Lexington, Ky. UK is one of 42 schools to offer this program in the United States.

Holmes's stellar college career included earning All-Southeastern Conference honors for four consecutive years, as well as being named the SEC Golfer of the Year in 2005 after helping lead the Wildcats to an SEC Championship. Holmes was also honored as the team MVP every year of his collegiate career. As a consistent performer in the classroom, Holmes became an Academic All-American in 2004 and 2005 and he was on the Academic All-SEC team from 2002-2005.

After an excellent college career Holmes kicked off his PGA career in 2006 when he won in his fourth start as a PGA professional. In 2006, he shot a 21-under par to win the FBR Open, firing his professional career-best 64 in the second round. He has also had four top-10 finishes since joining the PGA and has become a multi-million-dollar earner on the tour.

Holmes won the FBR Open for the second time in his career in 2008. He followed up that win with a tie for 7th in the Northern Trust Open, tied for 10th in The Players Championship and tied for 25th in The Masters.

The highlight of Holmes' career was his representation and victory in the 2008 Ryder Cup for Team USA.