Golf News ยป Growth-of-golf program updates

"It is such a pleasure to support Junior Golf in Australia and see so many talented young golfers prosper after competing in this long-standing event," said golfing icon Gary Player. "Junior golf is extremely crucial to the future and growth of golf around the world. Golf Queensland has done a superb job with the Gary Player Classic, and I am thrilled to be involved with this top-notch tournament." read more

"The new Troon Junior Club helps address some of the barriers of entry into the game that include affordability and access," stated Ryan Walls, senior vice president of operations for Troon. "Our company, facilities and golf professionals are dedicated to growing the game and getting more kids involved in golf and this is yet another vehicle to help support that effort." read more

"College students are always at work and play with their friends and/or families, and so many enjoy the game of golf," said James Keane, Senior Director of Operations, Marriott Golf. "Now, with our College Links program, we are making our portfolio of championship and resort golf courses more accessible to this important group of golfers." read more

"For the second year in a row, 2,000 new members have joined our Association to experience what golf is all about and to have fun," said EWGA's CEO Pam Swensen. "This is exciting for our organization and the industry to be able to invite women to the game and help them get comfortable playing. We are constantly striving to provide meaningful, organized golf experiences and business connections that open doors." read more

"The kids had a great time competing against one another and they took the event very seriously," said Terry Anton, CEO of SNAG, who flew to Miami to be part of the championship. "Through our partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, we have been reaching thousands of kids in parks around the country who sign up to learn the fundamentals of golf." read more

"By teaching the game of golf, The First Tee of Metropolitan New York is educating, enriching and empowering young people throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut," said PGA Tour Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. "Supporting those efforts is an honor for the entire PGA Tour Superstore organization." read more

"We are thrilled with this contribution from the California Golf Course Superintendents Association and it comes at a critical time, as we are in the process of expanding our outreach efforts," said Tom Addis, president of CAG and executive director of the Southern California PGA. read more

"It was amazing to be on-site at Augusta National and see the faces of the 88 participants and everyone involved in coordinating the Drive, Chip and Putt Championship," said Ted Bishop, President of The PGA of America. "Our PGA Professionals will continue to play a vital role in administering the local and regional events and we are looking forward to again working alongside the Masters and the USGA." read more

"Team sports are such an important part of growing up and I'm excited that golf now allows young kids to experience this," said McIlroy. "I attribute much of my passion for the game to how much fun I had playing in team competitions like the Junior Ryder Cup. Judging from the initial success, PGA Junior League Golf has the ability to grow the game and help develop the next generation of golfers." read more

"We were excited to be able to share our passion for the game with new golfers," said KemperSports President Josh Lesnik. "Introducing or reintroducing the sport to more than 3,500 interested participants is a real positive." read more

"The EWGA is all about bringing women together on the course and welcoming more individuals into the EWGA community through the game of golf," said CEO Pam Swensen. "By providing these young adults with a role model and mentor, it really can create a sense of empowerment and enhance their lives in every aspect." read more

"FGA has been blessed with outstanding support from donors, volunteers and staff. In two short years, we have progressed beyond expectations and it has been a heartwarming experience to seeing so many special needs people enjoy a sense of freedom with FGA's assistance," said E.Q. Sylvester, Chairman and Founder of FGA. "FGA has demonstrated that Golf is truly 'Anyone's game'." read more

"We are thrilled to be expanding golf and learning opportunities for special needs children through their inclusion into The First Tee program of Greater Chicago," said E.Q. Sylvester, Chairman and Founder of FGA. "We're proud to begin a pilot program that will pave the way to bringing joy and a sense of freedom to many more disabled children by assisting them to learn the nine core values of The First Tee program." read more

"The First Tee of The Grand Strand has a wonderful opportunity to reach young people in Myrtle Beach and the surrounding areas through the game of golf," said PGA TOUR Superstore President and CEO Dick Sullivan. "The entire PGA TOUR Superstores family believes in supporting the values and lessons of The First Tee." read more

"The STPGA is excited to partner with TGA to help grow junior golf in south Texas. The model that TGA has implemented in our local schools is a perfect starting point for potential STPGA Junior Golfers," said Thomas Hutton, Director of Junior Golf for the STPGA. "If we are able to successfully transition juniors from golf in schools to golf at facilities and tournaments with PGA Professionals, our game has a very bright future." read more