Golfers help raise money for United Way

POLAND, Ohio (WKBN) — Two of the biggest names in golf were visiting the Valley Wednesday night.

Jack Nicklaus and Annika Sorenstam were at the Lake Club helping to raise money for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley. Nicklaus held a press conference with reporters, where he answered a question about making the game of golf lighter and more fun for fans.

Nicklaus said the tactic might attract more people to the game, but some of the more serious players and fans may not like it. He talked about the 16th hole at a golf course in Phoenix, where 10,000 fans surround the hole during the tournament.

Sorenstam said she thinks that type of party atmosphere is OK as long as the history and traditions of the game are still recognized.

“You have to think out of the box to attract more people to the game,” she said.

Just prior to that discussion, Nicklaus pulled out a money clip he carries from a 1963 PGA driving championship. He was referencing today’s equipment compared to what he used at the peak of his career.

This is a developing story. Check back here and watch tonight’s newscasts for more information. 

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