Golf News for Tuesday, November 12, 2013 | Growth Of The Game

TGA Premier Junior Golf continues franchise expansion in Northeast

UNION COUNTY, N.J. -- TGA Premier Junior Golf (TGA), one of the leading grow-the-game initiatives in the golf industry, has awarded a fifth franchise in New Jersey to Nick Meltzer, a former financial services and investment executive.

Meltzer's franchise joins 10 other TGA franchises serving students and families in more than 500 schools throughout the Northeast region of the United States.

A graduate of New York University with an MBA in Finance, Meltzer is an accomplished investment operations executive with experience in financial services, financial management and is highly skilled in collaborating with organizations to achieve business and financial objectives. He was looking for a more balanced work life and career that could incorporate sports and youth when he discovered TGA.

"I love kids and I love sports," he said. "After 20 years in the financial services industry, I decided to follow my dreams and join TGA Premier Junior Golf. TGA's unique opportunity allows me to pursue my passion for the sport I have been playing since early childhood while working with kids."

TGA, which is one of the nation's most successful and fastest growing youth sports companies, developed and implements a new and innovative school-based activation model that brings the sports of golf and tennis to school campuses through after-school enrichment curriculums.

"The Northeast is one of the largest golfing markets in the country and we are very excited to see the impact and growth that our school-based model is having on the region," said Steve Tanner, TGA chief operating officer. "Nick's strong business background, community ties and passion for youth sports, will make him very successful in executing our model and enriching the lives of youth in Union County."

TGA Premier Junior Golf of Union County will impact thousands of youth annually 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 camps, community play days and parent-child events.

"With having two-daughters ages 5 and 7, it is so rewarding to be able to develop affordable after-school enrichment programs that promote life skills and teach a lifelong sport. This is a curriculum I will be proud to offer all the children of Union County," Metzler said.

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 Union County
Nick Meltzer - Owner
(732) 835-8TGA
Nmeltzer@playtga.com

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