Golf News for Thursday, September 5, 2013 | Business

TGA Premier Junior Golf franchise acquired in Mercer County, New Jersey

LAWRENCEFILLE, N.J. -- One of the nation's most successful and fast-growing youth sports companies, which specializes in developing school-based golf enrichment programs for young people, has expanded in the state of New Jersey.

The husband and wife team of Stuart and Winnie Woody have acquired the TGA Premier Junior Golf franchise in Mercer County. This will be the fourth such franchise in New Jersey, which will offer after-school golf enrichment curriculums to local students and families.

"Having a husband-wife team like Stuart and Winnie, who have strong business backgrounds, local community ties and a passion for youth and sports, is great for building successful TGA programs," said Steve Tanner, TGA chief operating officer. "We are seeing some exciting growth with our golf franchises recently, mainly due to our sustainable business model that creates business ownership opportunities in the golf industry impacting youth and the future growth of the sport."

The Woodys bring a wonderful combination of business backgrounds and youth sports experience to TGA. Stuart, a graduate of the University of Virginia, is a former elementary and middle school teacher and financial services representative, as well as a youth sports coach for ten years. Winnie, a Columbia University graduate who also worked in the financial services industry, has spent the last decade as a corporate recruiter, speaker and trainer. Together they look forward to making a difference in children's lives through TGA's unique curriculum.

"We're super fortunate," says Winnie. "With TGA, we are able to do every day what most people only have the privilege of doing on the weekends and on vacation. We're ambassadors for the best life-long sports -- and we get to proactively bring the message to the youngest and most energetic future players in our community. Our mission is to use the TGA teaching philosophy (fun with focus and sportsmanship) to make a difference in children's days, while encouraging them to 'keep swinging' in every area of their lives for the long term."

TGA Premier Junior Golf of Mercer County is expected to involve thousands of youth annually by introducing golf to children at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community based organizations through a multi-level instruction program. TGA will then transition the students to local partner golf courses through parent-child clinics, tournaments, and summer camps.

"TGA is the culmination of everything good for students growing up in the new millennium," said Stuart. "We offer the chance to learn from students, to equip and teach young players, to mentor people in the sports and education field, to develop leadership within our organization and to introduce students to a life-long sport - golf."

TGA's sports franchises, which run the leading school- and community-based youth golf and tennis programs in the U.S., are geared toward motivated self-starters who are passionate about the sport, their community and enjoy working with children. Each franchise offers not only business ownership and job opportunities in the industry but also unique ways to grow the sports.

About TGA Premier Junior Golf
TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA), which has been enriching the lives of youth for the past 10 years through its school-based youth golf programs, is an innovative 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 or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.

Media Contacts:
TGA of Mercer County
Stuart and Winifred (Winnie) Woody - Owners
(609) 558-7342

TGA Premier Junior Golf
Kevin Frisch - Public Relations
(989) 614-0241