The recipient of the 4th annual Tom Cousins Award was announced Monday night in conjunction with the East Lake Cup in Atlanta, with Alex Green (University of Alabama) being presented with the award. The honor recognizes a collegiate golfer best representing the values of the award: excelling in academics and engagement in the community.
A junior majoring in finance (minor in economics), Green (Fairhope, Ala.) is a member of the university’s honors college and has been among the Southeastern Conference Academic Honor Roll for the duration of his collegiate career, and is a two-time member of the Southeastern Conference All Community Service team. His long list of community involvement includes volunteering at the University of Alabama Special Olympics and serving as the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee campus collaboration chairman. Green also was presented with the Alabama Men’s Golf Scholastic Achievement Award earlier this year.
The Tom Cousins Award is named after developer and philanthropist Tom Cousins, who laid out an aspirational blueprint to revitalize the East Lake community of Atlanta by providing cradle-to-college education, mixed-income housing and community wellness to break the cycle of poverty to create a holistic environment. East Lake now acts as a national model for community redevelopment through Purpose Built Communities for transforming a struggling community into a thriving neighborhood.
The East Lake Cup is being contested over three days, following the format from the final three days of the NCAA men’s and women’s golf national championships. Day 1 consists of an individual stroke play competition to determine the individual champion and to seed for two days of match-play competition. The final two days of the competition feature two match-play tournaments hosted simultaneously for the men’s and women’s divisions, with the semifinals taking place on Tuesday and the finals and consolation matches on Wednesday.
Teams for the East Lake Cup are competing on the championship golf course at East Lake Golf Club, home of the TOUR Championship, the season-ending event of the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup Playoffs. The East Lake Cup benefits the East Lake Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping families build better lives and children reach their highest potential through its holistic approach to community revitalization incorporating mixed-income housing, cradle-to-college education and community wellness. The East Lake Cup has raised nearly $1.5 million for the East Lake Foundation since its inception in 2015. Mercedes-Benz, CSX, Bridgestone Golf and ZipRecruiter are sponsors for the 2018 East Lake Cup.
For more information about the East Lake Cup please visit the tournament website www.golfchannel.com/eastlakecup. Stay connected with the championship using the hashtag #EastLakeCup.