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Henri Johnson, CEO of FlightScope: "Deciding to partner with The First Tee program allows us the opportunity to provide young golfers from all walks of life the chance to further develop their skills with FlightScope's advanced technology." read more

"A generation ago, kids like me were granted affordable access to golf and it became a life-changing experience," says RJ Harper, Pebble Beach Executive Vice President of Golf. "Youth on Course allows us to offer that availability and hopefully pass along the same life lessons through the game." read more

"I believe this has the potential to be a powerful network knowing we all share the same two passions; our love for God and our passion for this great game of golf," said Scott Lehman, Founder and President of IHG. read more

"Youth on Course provides an inexpensive opportunity for young Kansas City golfers to play a multitude of courses," says 39-time PGA TOUR winner and World Golf Hall of Famer Tom Watson. "This will open the door for kids to play new courses and to connect with other junior golfers outside of tournament settings." read more

"We want to expand and increase opportunities for junior golfers in Utah, specifically to complement the instructional and tournament programming our state already offers," said Utah Golf Foundation and Utah Golf Association (UGA) Executive Director Bill Walker. read more

"We have been opening doors and welcoming women into golf for 25 years. So why not launch our 25th Anniversary celebration by sharing golf gifts?" says Pam Swensen, CEO of EWGA. "It's a fun way to engage members and introduce others to expect more from golf by being part of EWGA's golf community for women." read more

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2016, the EWGA is the largest women-focused national amateur golf association in the United States with chapters located in more than 100 cities as well as international chapters in Bermuda, Canada and Italy. read more

Washington State Golf Association CEO/Executive Director Troy Andrew: "Growing the game and diversifying its participants have always been goals of the association, and YOC is a perfect fit for helping us achieve both objectives." read more

"Youth player development and training has always been a personal passion of mine, and this partnership is a great way for FlightScope to help develop and shape a new generation of skilled golfers," said FlightScope's CEO, Henri Johnson. read more

"These young girls are the future of our game," said Pat Bradley, winner of 31 LPGA Tour events and six major championships. "I look forward to spending the day helping and encouraging the girls to enjoy the game, and to watching them play the course." read more

"TGA has tackled and beat the traditional barriers to entry for youth through our programs making golf available to entire communities. We take on cost, time, accessibility and transportation in one fatal swoop, which leads to new players in the sport," TGA founder and CEO Joshua Jacobs said. read more

Born in the Northern California Golf Association Foundation, Youth on Course is expanding to other states and regions and now totals nearly 15,000 youth members combined. read more

Speaking live from the organization's backyard in northern California, Ginella praised Youth on Course's subsidized rounds of $5 or less policy, caddie initiatives and scholarship funding. "There's really no reason why a course wouldn't want to be a part of this," he said. "I think you're going to see a program like Youth on Course spreading across the country." read more

"Rickie Fowler represents everything PGA Junior League Golf is about," said PGA President Derek Sprague. "He is a tremendous role model for kids, as he embodies youth, passion, integrity and a great honor for the game." read more

"Course Playability is a critical element in our evaluation process and we are encouraging more courses to consider how they can set up their facilities to enhance the playing experience for women and all golfers," said Jan Bel Jan, a founding partner of NWGA and owner of Jan Bel Jan Golf Course Design. read more