LOS ANGELES, Calif., and LONDON, July 1, 2021 – The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) and Prostate Cancer UK, two of the world’s leading organizations in advancing prostate cancer research, today announced the launch of the inaugural Trans-Atlantic Cup (TAC) golfing tournament to raise awareness and research funds for the fight against prostate cancer.
Modeled after the Ryder Cup, TAC will be a friendly – but competitive – virtual tournament featuring teams representing the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (U.K.). After two qualifying rounds, two teams of 12 players representing their respective countries will compete in the final TAC virtual tournament to be held the week of September 12th. Scoring and handicapping will be validated through the United States Golf Association (USGA) and the Royal and Ancient (R&A).
“We are proud to partner with our friends and colleagues at Prostate Cancer UK to raise awareness and fundraise for the advancement of lifesaving new prostate cancer research,” said PCF President and CEO Jonathan W. Simons, MD. “With an air of competition, the true nature of this fundraising event is sharing in the spirit of charity while addressing the seriousness of this men’s health issue. Raising awareness about prostate cancer is the first step in funding research to end a disease that will strike one in eight U.S. men this year.”
Any golfer with a USGA handicap can qualify for a spot on the U.S. team. To participate, golfers play a course of their choosing, then register, submit their scores and contribute a $10 entry fee to PCF at join.pcf.org/tac. The initial qualifying period runs July 1 – August 15. Golfers may re-register and submit as many scores as they wish in the first round. The lowest 50 scores will qualify to advance to round two which runs August 16 – September 10. The final team selection will occur on September 11 and they will play in the finals. Live group video chats among the two teams will be held leading up to and during the week of the finals, with inspirational stories shared via social media. Teams and winners will receive a variety of gifts and prizes.
“We’re relishing the opportunity to stand side by side with our American counterparts in this exciting new tournament. Prostate cancer is a huge concern either side of the Atlantic and we’re looking forward to some friendly rivalry in support of a hugely prevalent cause ahead of this year’s Ryder Cup,” said Sports Engagement Manager for Prostate Cancer UK, Matt Holdstock. “Here in the UK golf has been massively influential in spreading the word about prostate cancer, but sadly this disease still exists in every golf club. This first ever initiative between Prostate Cancer UK and the Prostate Cancer Foundation is hugely exciting, and our team here, all with close links to the cause, can’t wait to get started. We hope this relationship and tournament can lead to future collaboration, friendship and partnership in the fight against prostate cancer across the globe.”
About the Prostate Cancer Foundation
The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is the world’s leading philanthropic organization dedicated to funding life-saving prostate cancer research. Founded in 1993 by Mike Milken, PCF has raised more than $865 million in support of cutting-edge research by more than 2,200 research projects at 220 leading cancer centers in 22 countries around the world. Thanks in part to PCF’s commitment to ending death and suffering from prostate cancer, the death rate is down by over 50 percent and countless more men are alive today as a result. The Prostate Cancer Foundation research now impacts more than 70 forms of human cancer by focusing on immunotherapy, the microbiome, and food as medicine. Learn more at www.pcf.org.
About Prostate Cancer UK
Prostate Cancer UK has a simple ambition – to stop prostate cancer damaging the lives of men and their families.
- Investing in better treatments and tests that could save thousands of lives.
- Working with the NHS to make sure men get access to breakthrough tests and treatments.
- Spreading the word about who is at risk of prostate cancer, especially to those at higher risk.
- Supporting people dealing with prostate cancer and providing health information.
Visit prostatecanceruk.org to find out more.
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