Golf News ยป Growth-of-golf program updates

"We started our policy this year at Kingsmill and we've had a lot of great feedback," said Heather Daly-Donofrio, the LPGA's chief Tour operations officer. "The approval of the players has been huge." read more

"The biggest challenges are simply learning to swing and play, then gain access to golf courses. They don't need to be sold on the game. They just need instruction and facilities," said Andy Mears, Director of FGA Golf Operations. read more

"Through this partnership we are able to teach more than the game of golf, we are teaching life skills through golf that are preparing the next generation of leaders," said LPGA Foundation President, Nancy Henderson. read more

"This event will help us scout for young talent. We hope to assist two star players develop their skills so that they can compete at a professional level one day," said Lee-Anne Pace, the 5th ranked woman golfer in Europe. read more

"Women on Course provides access for golfers of all skill levels to connect in fun and unintimidating environments," says Donna Hoffman, President of WOC which she founded in 2005. read more

Golfweek CBM Director Bobby Minor: "The team behind this program has helped thousands of players and parents over the years successfully navigate the path from junior golf to college golf." read more

"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