Golf News for Thursday, December 5, 2013 | Growth Of The Game

New Jersey Golf Foundation debuts winter after-school golf program

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF), the charitable arm of the New Jersey Section, PGA of America (NJPGA), today announced a new winter season golf player development program for boys and girls from Paterson. Created to support the popular Golf In Schools program in Paterson, NJGF has teamed up with the Father English Community Center and Montclair State University (MSU) to offer winter golf programming for elementary school kids, via a six-week after-school golf program.

Beginning in December and concluding in January, the NJGF will be providing golf instruction to a group of children, ages 8-10, at Father English Community Center in Paterson. The program includes six, one-hour sessions from 4 p.m. - 5 p.m. on the following dates: December 4, December 11, December 18, January 8, January 15 and January 22. Most of the participating children have been introduced to golf through the NJGF's thriving Golf In Schools program.

Golf In Schools is an initiative that incorporates the sport into the physical education curriculum at elementary and middle schools, under the guidance of PGA Professionals. More, than 110,000 children (K-8th grade) at more than 200 schools in New Jersey are being introduced to the game of golf in gym class. In Paterson alone, golf is a part of the physical education curriculum at all 36 elementary schools, impacting more than 16,000 boys and girls.

"One of our core responsibilities is to provide access to the game of golf for boys and girls from all backgrounds, and this partnership provides another opportunity for kids from Paterson to experience the game of golf in a welcoming environment and under the guidance of PGA Professionals," said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, NJGF.

PGA Professionals will lead the instruction, while interns and mentors from the MSU Golf Club and MSU Hockey Club will be on-site to provide additional support. Throughout the winter, the NJPGA/NJGF will continually work with the MSU Golf Club to expand on golf-related instruction, nutrition and fitness.

In related news, the NJGF has also partnered with Floyd Hall Enterprises to host a charity hockey game at the Floyd Hall Arena in Little Falls, N.J., in the fall of 2014. This event will benefit the Golf In Schools initiatives in Clifton and Paterson.

For more information on the New Jersey Golf Foundation, please visit or call 732-465-1212.

About The PGA of America
Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has maintained a twofold mission: to establish and elevate the standards of the profession and to grow interest and participation in the game of golf. By establishing and elevating the standards of the golf profession through world-class education, career services, marketing and research programs, The PGA enables its professionals to maximize their performance in their respective career paths and showcases them as experts in the game and in the multi-billion dollar golf industry. By creating and delivering world-class championships and innovative programs, The PGA of America elevates the public's interest in the game, the desire to play more golf, and ensures accessibility to the game for everyone, everywhere. As The PGA nears its centennial, the PGA brand represents the very best in golf. The New Jersey Section is one of 41 geographic sections throughout the country and has been in operation since 1925. In 2012, the NJPGA was the recipient of the Herb Graffis Award, presented annually to a PGA Section that shows extraordinary or exemplary contributions in player development and growth of the game programming.

About The New Jersey Golf Foundation
The New Jersey Golf Foundation (NJGF) was created by the NJPGA in 2004 to positively impact lives and communities through the game of golf. The NJGF is committed to creating and offering programs where individuals from all backgrounds have an opportunity to access and experience the game. The NJGF "Golf In Schools" Program is run annually at more than 200 schools, impacting more than 110,000 boys and girls (K-8) throughout New Jersey. For more information, visit

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