Golf News for Monday, March 25, 2013 | Growth Of The Game

Dustin Johnson Foundation supports Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. -- PGA Tour star, Dustin Johnson first learned about the new Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, powered by SNAG in January when the launch announcement went viral. It was then that he instructed his own Foundation to make a $10,000 contribution that would help bring the game of golf into the National Recreation and Park Association facilities across the country.

The Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues (JNLL), powered by SNAG is supported by a non-profit entity known as G.O.L.F. (the Global Outreach for Learning Foundation) Sponsor donations and funds are being raised to help reduce entry costs and to ensure JNLL will be successful for future generations. G.O.L.F.'s mission is to help people develop golf skills and have fun through developmentally appropriate programs. The goal is to ensure retention and provide a sustainable model for transition to other programs at golf facilities, in order to increase participation for current and future generations.

"Junior golf is the developmental cornerstone of our game, and it is critically important to the continued growth and popularity of the sport," said Johnson. "My Foundation and G.O.L.F. are both focused on the next generation of golfers, and I am proud to support Mr. Nicklaus and his new Learning Leagues with my donation. Perhaps we will someday have a Jack Nicklaus Learning League here in my hometown of Myrtle Beach (S.C.)."

The Dustin Johnson Foundation was founded in 2010 for the purpose of supporting various youth initiatives with the primary focus of promoting and supporting youth and college golf programs. Johnson owes much of his success to strong youth golf programs that he participated in and believes that youth programs are important to give children and young adults strong foundations that they can carry throughout their lives both on and off the course.

The Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues will launch in May at select National Recreation and Park Association facilities in five major markets. The innovative Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, combined with SNAG's well-established, first-touch development program, will provide a golf learning experience for children, ages 5 through 12, in a safe, affordable and accessible environment.

The Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues will ultimately become a global philanthropic endeavor to bring the sport to emerging golf regions and countries that are embracing the game as part of the Olympic movement. For further information about the Jack Nicklaus Learning Leagues, powered by SNAG, call (866) 946-5092 or e-mail

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 8,000 schools that are successfully introducing children to golf in the U.S. and over 12,000 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

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