DALLAS -- Troy Lewis, PGA professional and owner of the TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA) franchises in Denton, Tarrant and Collin Counties has been awarded the 2012 Randy Smith Junior Golf Leader award by the North Texas Section of the PGA of America (NTPGA).
"I'm honored to be recognized among so many great golf professionals who have a passion for reaching kids through the game of golf," said Lewis. "The PGA Professionals in our section have set a high standard for excellence and we hope to lead the promotion of junior golf across the nation for the PGA of America."
The NTPGA members selected Lewis, the PGA director of instruction at The Golf Club at Fossil Creek, for his achievement in developing successful junior golf programs, which are positively impacting youth and growing the game.
Lewis has built one of the leading junior golf programs in the state of Texas through his successful TGA Premier Junior Golf franchises, which he launched in 2006. The TGA programs are engaging students at over 50 elementary and middle schools, as well as two partner golf courses in the Dallas Fort Worth area.
In addition, Lewis has developed a dynamic junior golf program at Fossil Creek for players of all ages and abilities, which has grown steadily over the years with 30-50 kids participating each month.
Lewis and TGA, together with the North Texas PGA section, have also developed the first 'Player Pathway' program to seamlessly transition students from learning golf in schools to NTPGA junior programs and onto area golf courses where they can take lessons from local PGA Professionals.
"This new Player Pathway program is the first program of its kind in the industry, which will engage students 10 and under, and their parents ages 25-40, providing a clear picture of all the ways they can get involved in the game of golf for years to come," explains Lewis. "I am very excited about the opportunity to be launching this new program and bringing more juniors into the game."
About TGA Premier Junior Golf
TGA Premier Junior Golf runs the leading school-based youth golf programs in the U.S. through a franchise model for self-starters who enjoy working with children in a business venture that provides a unique entry into youth sports, education and the golf industry. TGA makes golf affordable and accessible through consistent programs that offer physical education and after-school programs at elementary and middle schools, childcare centers and community centers.
Entrepreneur magazine named TGA a "Top 10 Franchise Value" in 2010 based on total startup costs, as well as No. 295 on the Magazine's Franchise 500 rankings in 2012. In addition, the publication has ranked TGA among the top children's fitness, low-cost and home-based franchises the last few years.
TGA is a national supporting organization of the After School Alliance and Lights on After School, and is a corporate advocate and national partner of the President's Challenge on Physical Fitness, Golf Coaches Association, as well as the National Council of Youth Sports. TGA's curriculums are also approved by the United States Golf Association (USGA) under the Rules of Amateur Status.
For more information about TGA Premier Junior Golf, visit www.playtga.com.
TGA Premier Junior Golf of West DFW and Collin County
Troy Lewis - Owner
TGA Premier Junior Golf
Kevin Frisch - Public Relations