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Former Arizona All-American Golfer Ted Purdy to start Food Drive in Tucson

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Ted Purdy’s playing career began as a youth in the Phoenix area and golf carried him through a high school state championship in 1991, an All-American career at the University of Arizona and over $7 million in career earnings, but his most important role has to be the community relations director Midwest Food Bank Arizona.

The home branch of the Midwest Food Bank Arizona is located in Gilbert and that location gave away an estimated $19 million worth of food last year and, with the help of volunteers Curt and Caroline Kaufman, the Tucson location gave away 465,276 pounds of food last year and is looking to break that mark this summer.

Located at The Salvation Army at 829 S. 6th Ave, the Tucson site operates on Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings. A major food drive will begin on May 30 at the 22 locations listed below.

TED PURDY FILE

All-American at Arizona
Four time All-Pac-10 selection
Three time NCAA All-District selection
1991: AIA High School State Champion from Brophy Prep
1995: Runner up at the NCAA championships
1996: Won the Arizona Ping Invitational by six strokes over Tiger Woods
1997: Indian Master Champion and was named the Rookie of the Year on the Asian PGA
2003: 11 top-25 finishes; First Tee Arkansas Classic win; 15th on the Nationwide Tour money list
2004: Four top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour; 34th on the money list
2005: Byron Nelson Championship
2013: Abierto Mexicano de Golf victory on the PGA Tour Latinoamérica

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