Golf News for Monday, May 7, 2012 | Growth Of The Game

New York's Metropolitan PGA Section and SNAG Golf form partnership

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- The Metropolitan (New York) PGA Section has announced a new partnership with SNAG® Golf ('Starting New At Golf'), a proven first touch player development program designed for new learners of all ages.

"When the PGA of America and the Metropolitan Section established plans for the Golf 2.0 Player Development initiatives, they quickly realized that the success of getting new players into the game required partnerships with allies who understood both golf and education. SNAG is an ideal partner and Starting New At Golf is more than a slogan," said Charlie Robson, Executive Director, Metropolitan PGA headquartered in Elmsford, NY. "SNAG has become one of our PGA Professionals' best resources and the colorful, oversized and safe equipment is ideal for kids (and adults) of all ages. The Met PGA is excited about the potential that SNAG can have to bring new golfers into the game in our area, whether teaching golf in a classroom or a park, using the SNAG equipment and curriculum with First Tee students, autistic children or the very youngest of beginners."

"We admire the MET PGA Section's commitment and look forward to a long term partnership toward bringing new golfers to the game throughout the New York area," said Terry Anton, Owner & CEO of SNAG® Golf.

About SNAG® Golf:
SNAG® Golf ('Starting New at Golf') is a proven first touch development program designed for new learners of all ages. It is an easy and fun way to learn and play golf. SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. It builds on strong fundamentals of putting, chipping, pitching and full swing to develop playing ability quickly and effectively. SNAG® Golf incorporates developmentally appropriate equipment that will allow golf to be learned and played in non-traditional venues, such as on a soccer field, in a gym, or on the beach. It can be taught and played almost anywhere in the world with immediate, positive results. This instant success keeps new learners wanting to be further involved with golf.

SNAG® is the skills-acquisition program used in the national school golf program headed by the World Golf Foundation's First Tee Program. There are more than 5,000 schools that are successfully introducing children to golf in the U.S. and over 8,000 worldwide. Professionals, please visit our SNAG® Pros website for more information on our Coaching System used to instruct new learners. For individuals and groups that want to have fun learning golf visit

About The Metropolitan PGA Section:
The Metropolitan Section PGA is one of 41 geographical sections of The PGA of America. Each section serves as the managing entity for their designated regions. The Metropolitan Section includes Long Island, New York City, Westchester County, Rockland County, Sullivan County, Putnam County, Orange County, Southern Dutchess County, Southern Ulster County, and Fairfield County (south of Danbury and Bridgeport). This section manages 775 PGA Members and Apprentices who are employed at over 300 golf facilities in our region. The section staff, under the direction of elected officers and committees, administers events, educational programs, workshops and seminars for its membership. In addition to managing the day-to-day affairs of the Section, the headquarters operates the Metropolitan PGA Junior Golf Foundation, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization with over 1,300 members.

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