Golf News for Tuesday, February 26, 2013 | People

Scott Kmiec appointed new Senior Director of the PGA Foundation

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. -- Scott Kmiec, the Executive Director of the New Jersey PGA Section since 1997, has been named Senior Director of the PGA Foundation.

Kmiec will support the strategic mission of the PGA Foundation and its programs, including PGA R.E.A.C.H. (Recreation, Education, Awareness, Community, Hope), PGA H.O.P.E. (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere), the PGA Golf Management Diversity Scholarship program, and local philanthropic support in The PGA's 41 geographical Sections nationwide. In addition, Kmiec will support the goals of the golf industry's efforts to grow the game, and he will oversee all fundraising efforts including gifts and endowments, and partner with and engage the 41 Sections.

Kmiec was an integral part of the creation of the New Jersey Golf Foundation - the charitable arm of the New Jersey PGA - when it was established in 2004. The New Jersey Golf Foundation created programs that positively impact lives through golf, including special needs and autistic golf camps, women's initiatives, and local First Tee support. In 2012, more than 100,000 youth participated in the Foundation's "Golf in Schools" initiative.

"The PGA of America is fortunate to have someone with Scott's experience to lead the PGA Foundation," said Darrell Crall. "Scott's familiarity with our 41 Section Leaders will help us collaborate our fundraising and operational efforts to build greater awareness of the PGA Foundation and achieve our goals."

"It is an honor to be named senior director of the PGA Foundation," said Kmiec, who will report to Crall. "The PGA Foundation and PGA Professionals have helped millions of Americans through this game that we love. I'm excited to take what I have learned at the Section level and hope to make more of an impact, especially as The PGA approaches its Centennial."

About the PGA Foundation
Founded in 1978, as a charitable foundation to raise funds to support junior golf, the mission of the PGA Foundation is to "Improve Lives Through Golf," with specific focus on America's youth, persons with disabilities and minorities.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf.