Golfer Russ Cochran inability to donate to our area

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Russcochran

Paducah, KY

#1 Jun 24, 2012
I think it's a shame that Russ Cochran has not donated more money to Paducah and the Jackson Purchase area. I know Russ well, and he's a very nice person, and the publicity he has drawn to Paducah and the area is well-documented. He was honored about two years ago at a lavish ceremony at the Country Club of Paducah, where many told tales of his heroism. As a Cochran insider, it bothers me that he has won millions in prize money and about the same in endorsement money, yet has given little back to Paducah.

Through 2009, Russ had won over $6 million in prize money, so $12 million with endorsements. Counting his senior tour wins, Cochran has $15 to $20 million in wins and endorsements. One percent of that would be $200,000, and Russ has never donated, as far as I know, that kind of money to any charity in Paducah or the surrounding area.

Wouldn't it be great if he donated 10 percent, or $2 million, and thus accomplished something that would be much more important than winning any golf tournament?

Since: Jun 12

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#2 Jun 24, 2012
Russcochran wrote:
I think it's a shame that Russ Cochran has not donated more money to Paducah and the Jackson Purchase area. I know Russ well, and he's a very nice person, and the publicity he has drawn to Paducah and the area is well-documented. He was honored about two years ago at a lavish ceremony at the Country Club of Paducah, where many told tales of his heroism. As a Cochran insider, it bothers me that he has won millions in prize money and about the same in endorsement money, yet has given little back to Paducah.
Through 2009, Russ had won over $6 million in prize money, so $12 million with endorsements. Counting his senior tour wins, Cochran has $15 to $20 million in wins and endorsements. One percent of that would be $200,000, and Russ has never donated, as far as I know, that kind of money to any charity in Paducah or the surrounding area.
Wouldn't it be great if he donated 10 percent, or $2 million, and thus accomplished something that would be much more important than winning any golf tournament?
I go to church with the Cochrans and maybe he gives to his church, wouldn't that be giving back to his community or does that not count?
Rick

Paducah, KY

#3 Jun 24, 2012
And what was your name again?
Jackie

Paducah, KY

#4 Jun 24, 2012
Super Valu Scramble extends focus to junior golf
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After raising approximately $140,000 to help renovate the 69-year-old Paxton Park public golf course, the Super Valu Golf Scramble that features PGA Tour golfers Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran is expanding its goals.

Besides continuing to raise money for improvements at Paxton Park, the Oct. 2 benefit and clinic will also attempt to improve junior golf in McCracken County.

A new feature of the event, a one-day scramble that includes a morning clinic by Perry and Cochran, will be to raise money for high school golf teams and provide junior scholarships for kids to play at Paxton Park in 2008.

Started in 2002 by Cochran, Perry, Freddie Sanders, Mark Page and Burton Banks, the annual benefit is limited to 32 4-man teams with entry fees of $125 per player or $500 for a team. Entry forms are available at the Paxton Park Pro Shop.

Paxton Park has used proceeds from the first five events to pay for turf renovation on fairways, greens and tee boxes along with course management. A $20,000 private donation from former club professional Daniel "Kayo" Mullen and wife Velva also paid for turf sod projects.

While the course still has need for many infrastructure projects (bridges, cart paths, fencing, clubhouse renovations and water well installation) the event sponsors have decided to utilize funds to help junior golf.

Golf teams from Paducah Tilghman, Lone Oak, Heath, Reidland, St. Mary and Community Christian will be asked to raise $500 to enter a team in the event and will receive a share in the event proceeds (expected to be in excess of $1,000) for participating.

Also, 25 percent of the proceeds will be used to award golf scholarships to are players that will allow them to play at Paxton Park next year. An application process will be used to award the scholarships.

Read more: The Paducah Sun - Super Valu Scramble extends focus to junior golf
willy

Paducah, KY

#5 Jun 24, 2012
In the end it is his business what he does with his money. It would be very noble of him to donate some of his money. I have no idea if he does or not. He may donate money to St. Jude's or other causes, but I refuse to bash a man for spending the money that he earned as he sees fit as long as it is within the law.
abc

United States

#6 Jun 24, 2012
willy wrote:
In the end it is his business what he does with his money. It would be very noble of him to donate some of his money. I have no idea if he does or not. He may donate money to St. Jude's or other causes, but I refuse to bash a man for spending the money that he earned as he sees fit as long as it is within the law.
Well said Willy!

Since: Jun 12

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#7 Jun 24, 2012
willy wrote:
In the end it is his business what he does with his money. It would be very noble of him to donate some of his money. I have no idea if he does or not. He may donate money to St. Jude's or other causes, but I refuse to bash a man for spending the money that he earned as he sees fit as long as it is within the law.
I totally agree and with kids in college, I am sure that he is paying for their education. I am sure that is a pretty penny, no matter where they go to college. Scholarships and things like that only pay for so much. This is his career and what he has chosen to do for a living so who are we to tell him what to do with his money.
kevlar

Paducah, KY

#8 Jun 24, 2012
As a single father on one, I can tell you college is devastating to the savings. I could not afford more than one. In agreement, why does he "owe", Paducah, anything? Please explain.
Russcochran

Paducah, KY

#9 Jun 24, 2012
Jackie wrote:
Super Valu Scramble extends focus to junior golf
Aug 26, 2007 | 0 views | 0 0 comments | 0 0 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff report
After raising approximately $140,000 to help renovate the 69-year-old Paxton Park public golf course, the Super Valu Golf Scramble that features PGA Tour golfers Kenny Perry and Russ Cochran is expanding its goals.
Besides continuing to raise money for improvements at Paxton Park, the Oct. 2 benefit and clinic will also attempt to improve junior golf in McCracken County.
A new feature of the event, a one-day scramble that includes a morning clinic by Perry and Cochran, will be to raise money for high school golf teams and provide junior scholarships for kids to play at Paxton Park in 2008.
Started in 2002 by Cochran, Perry, Freddie Sanders, Mark Page and Burton Banks, the annual benefit is limited to 32 4-man teams with entry fees of $125 per player or $500 for a team. Entry forms are available at the Paxton Park Pro Shop.
Paxton Park has used proceeds from the first five events to pay for turf renovation on fairways, greens and tee boxes along with course management. A $20,000 private donation from former club professional Daniel "Kayo" Mullen and wife Velva also paid for turf sod projects.
While the course still has need for many infrastructure projects (bridges, cart paths, fencing, clubhouse renovations and water well installation) the event sponsors have decided to utilize funds to help junior golf.
Golf teams from Paducah Tilghman, Lone Oak, Heath, Reidland, St. Mary and Community Christian will be asked to raise $500 to enter a team in the event and will receive a share in the event proceeds (expected to be in excess of $1,000) for participating.
Also, 25 percent of the proceeds will be used to award golf scholarships to are players that will allow them to play at Paxton Park next year. An application process will be used to award the scholarships.
Read more: The Paducah Sun - Super Valu Scramble extends focus to junior golf
I assume that this the previous post or one close to it is from his wife, jackie cochran, commenting. Jackie, I'm very proud of what you and Russ have accomplished. However, Russ' charity work for Paxton Park accumlates money from donations, not from Russ. I'm sure he donates to Paxton Park, but I believe he is not conributing to society as a person should for his social and financial status. Again, Russ has not contributed nearly as much an amount of money as most of us would, in comparison to our income.

As to another post, what Russ contributes to his church is not the same as what he contributes to our community. I would be nice and quite Godly if all of us donated 10 percent to our church. I doubt the majority of us do (remember, a majority is over 50 percent), so if Russ contributes tons of money to St. Mary, that's fantastic.
Paxton

Paducah, KY

#10 Jun 24, 2012
Please explain why you think he owes anything?
just wondering

Murray, KY

#11 Jun 24, 2012
Russcochran wrote:
I think it's a shame that Russ Cochran has not donated more money to Paducah and the Jackson Purchase area. I know Russ well, and he's a very nice person, and the publicity he has drawn to Paducah and the area is well-documented. He was honored about two years ago at a lavish ceremony at the Country Club of Paducah, where many told tales of his heroism. As a Cochran insider, it bothers me that he has won millions in prize money and about the same in endorsement money, yet has given little back to Paducah.
Through 2009, Russ had won over $6 million in prize money, so $12 million with endorsements. Counting his senior tour wins, Cochran has $15 to $20 million in wins and endorsements. One percent of that would be $200,000, and Russ has never donated, as far as I know, that kind of money to any charity in Paducah or the surrounding area.
Wouldn't it be great if he donated 10 percent, or $2 million, and thus accomplished something that would be much more important than winning any golf tournament?
Just wondering who appointed you to be the judge of how much an individual should "give back". He earned it and it is his right to do with it as he pleases. Why do you think successful people have an obligation to give it away? I am sure that in his tax bracket he is supporting the irresponsible behavior of many.
Obama

Paducah, KY

#12 Jun 24, 2012
Give give give! It is the new American way!

Since: Jun 12

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#13 Jun 24, 2012
I wonder if people realize that it costs to enter these tournaments, it costs to go there, stay there and what happens if as a golfer one doesn't finish in the money then that golfer is out of the money. When did it become anyone's business what Russ, Kenny Perry or any of the other local golfers do with the money? As I said-this is there job, I am sure he probably does donate money to other organizations that we are not aware of and to where he attended school. A church is a community to some it his community and where he attends.

Since: Aug 11

United States

#14 Jun 24, 2012
I wouldn't donate sh!t either!

LMFAO!
Russcochran

Paducah, KY

#15 Jun 24, 2012
I think charity and helping others is what makes this country great; I think greed is what makes it deplorable.
Chef Padook

Paducah, KY

#16 Jun 24, 2012
And you give how much locally?
Friend

Paducah, KY

#17 Jun 24, 2012
Has it ever occurred to you that not everyone brags about their donations to charity? Russ is a great guy, and unlike some local families I could name, he may prefer to keep his donations private.
buckwheat

Paducah, KY

#18 Jun 24, 2012
I wish I had a watamelon
preachitbrother

Paducah, KY

#19 Jun 24, 2012
im sure he gives something somewhere. i also know he has a large family to suport..take care of the family first..oh, and by the way, what concern is it to anyone what anyone does with their money...you are a real toolbox...
AreUnuts

Paducah, KY

#20 Jun 24, 2012
If you're so close to Russ, why don't you man or woman up and speak to him about his charitable donations? I mean really, do you think Russ raced from the green on the final hole of the tournament this weekend to check Topix to learn how he can live his life better?
Please, if you will Russcochran, post just a little more. I plan to start posting a "dumbest Topix posts of the week" list on Mondays and you haven't quite got it wrapped up yet.

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