Golf News for Monday, September 16, 2013 | Business

TGA Premier Junior Golf launches new franchise in Southern California

SAN DIEGO -- One of the nation's leading youth sports companies specializing in activating youth through an after-school golf enrichment program has expanded in the state of California. The husband and wife team of Kat Pruchnic and Brandon Schwendeman have acquired the TGA Premier Junior Golf franchise in Central San Diego.

"We are very excited about the continued growth of our golf franchise business across the country and the impact it is having on growing the game and enriching the lives of youth," said Steve Tanner, TGA chief operating officer. "Kat and Brandon, with their past golf business experience and passion for youth sports, will be a great team to further develop and grow successful TGA programs in the San Diego area."

Pruchnic is a former production assistant for FOX Sports, NBC Sports, CBS Sports, and TNT working with such premier events as NASCAR, NFL and the Wachovia Open golf tournament. Schwendeman is a native of Southern California and former real estate executive and graphic designer. They are both lifelong golfers who were looking for a business opportunity in the golf industry when they discovered TGA.

"We are so thrilled about the opportunity TGA provides us," said Pruchnic. "My passion for golf began at the age of two and to now be able to pass that on and teach the game to youth providing life lessons, etiquette, and good sportsmanship together with problem solving and physical activity is very gratifying."

Pruchnic and Schwendeman are already making an impact in San Diego with TGA programs in 12 area schools in the San Diego Unified School District, North County and La Mesa schools with more coming online soon.

TGA's five level school based program introduces the lifetime sport of golf to students and enables them to advance from one stage to the next while building confidence and self-esteem. The curriculum is designed to enrich students' lives through physical activity, health and nutrition, character building initiatives, as well as teaching core academic subjects like math, science, reading and social studies into every lesson.

TGA Premier Junior Golf of Central San Diego is expected to impact thousands of youth annually by introducing the game of golf to children at elementary and middle schools, child care centers and community based organizations through a multi-level enrichment program. TGA will then transition students and families from schools to local partner golf courses through camps and parent-child events, creating new golfers and generating new customers for local golf courses.

"This new opportunity is an exciting way to challenge ourselves and build a successful business that impacts children, the community and grows the game of golf", said Schwendeman. "To be able to provide these quality programs in the San Diego area is a great opportunity for students, parents, and schools."

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 www.playtga.com or follow @TGAJuniorGolf on Twitter.

Media Contacts:
TGA of Central San Diego
Kat Pruchnic
Brandon Schwendeman
(858) 444-6770
Kschwendeman@playtga.com

TGA Premier Junior Golf
Kevin Frisch
Public Relations
(989) 614-0241
kevin@playtga.com