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Tiger's Site: Supervisors Hope to Swing It

Golf: County board agrees to negotiate with Woods' group, which wants to build a center for kids.

September 11, 2002|From a Times Staff Writer

Orange County supervisors on Tuesday agreed to open negotiations with the Tiger Woods Foundation over possible construction of an educational center and youth golf facility in Anaheim.

The golfer's foundation wants to build a $25-million center somewhere in Southern California where children would take computer classes, receive tutoring and learn the finer points of golf.

Orange County hopes to attract the facility by allowing the foundation to lease county land at the driving range at H.G. Dad Miller Golf Course at $1 a year for 50 years.

The foundation has been in talks with other communities, including Long Beach.

The center is meant to expose underprivileged children to a game often associated with wealth and exclusivity.

Earl Woods, Tiger's father, told supervisors he has long encouraged the golfer to give back to the community.

"We prepared him for the success he's enjoying now," Earl Woods said. "Part of that was sharing the success."

Tiger Woods attended Western High School in Anaheim and frequently played at Dad Miller course in the mid-1990s. Even then, "He realized there were some people who didn't have the opportunity he had," his father said.

Earl Woods, the foundation's president, said that when he asked his son for funds to start the foundation, Tiger Woods wrote a check for $500,000. Since then, Tiger Woods has donated $1.5 million in PGA Tour winnings to set up the foundation.

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