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"There is nothing that I have been part of to-date that is more important and has greater opportunity," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. "The golf experience needs to be redefined. For many people the traditional 18-hole round simply doesn't work. With the industry at a critical juncture of growth it is our responsibility to consider any and all potential alternatives to enhance the consumer's enjoyment of the game." read more

"Brendon explained to me that he felt more children should have the opportunity to experience golf at younger ages but due to economic situations some families could not provide them that chance. We truly understood where he was coming from," said Peggy Rhodes White, President of the Ted Rhodes Foundation. read more

"Intimidation has been identified as one of the key barriers for participation in golf," said PGA Chief Marketing Officer Kevin Ring. "That barrier and the myth that all golfers are ‘good’ are exactly what we plan to break down through this campaign -- with targeted messages that engage both golfers and non-golfers. Ultimately, we want all players to ... realize that no matter your skill level, golf is an activity that truly anyone can enjoy." read more

"TGA's ability to work with and successfully teach special needs students the game of golf is a testament to the wonderful instructors that we have teaching the program," said Casey Kreis, territory director for TGA in Austin. "It is very rewarding for us to impact the students and bring smiles to so many of them and their parents." read more

"This organization is about mentoring girls through the game of golf," said Eric MacCluen, Director of Instruction, Applecross Golf Academy and Founder, Girls Golf Revolution. "This goes beyond chipping and putting, it is about developing life skills for these girls while raising awareness about the game of golf." read more

"The golf experience needs to be redefined. For many people the traditional 18-hole round simply doesn't work. With the industry at a critical juncture of growth it is our responsibility to consider any and all potential alternatives to enhance the consumer's enjoyment of the game," said PGA of America President Ted Bishop. read more

"By increasing the scope of the Hall of Fame's preservation work, our goal is to provide even greater value to the game and its fans. We're delighted to welcome Dr. Parker and look forward to his leadership in helping guide those efforts," said Jack Peter, Chief Operating Officer of the World Golf Hall of Fame. read more

"I'm excited about the SNAG program at our new facility as there has already been a lot of interest from families, seniors, students and the School District of Lee County to come out and learn the game of golf using SNAG," said Jack Feighery, co-owner of the Alico Family Golf Center. read more

"Introducing boys and girls to the game of golf at a young age and in a welcoming environment is very important as these kids represent the next generation of golfers," said Chris Hunt, Executive Director, New Jersey Golf Foundation. "Bringing the Golf In Schools program to the state capital is long overdue, but we anticipate this being the starting point of continued growth; move over dodge ball." read more

"The U.S. Kids Golf Certified Instructor Program perfectly aligns with our goals of growing the game using every tool available and making junior programs fun, effective, and successful," said Alejandro Duque, Junior Golf National Director of the Costa Rican Golf Federation. "We hope to use golf to teach kids life values and life lessons and to unite families in a healthy and fun environment." read more

"Many people think of golf as their dream job, which explains why 2 million people point to the industry as their place of employment," said PGA President Ted Bishop. "Golf is a highly attractive workplace, thanks to the beauty of the golf course, as well as the amazing relationships you form with colleagues, contacts and clients who love the game as much as you do." read more

"We recognize that golfers aren't always able to find the time to play a full 18-hole round. With the 'Play Nine' campaign, we are showcasing a practical avenue for fitting golf into a busy schedule, while also bringing new golfers to the game," said Jeff Foster, Senior Vice President of GolfNow's New Media Group. read more

"The R&A is delighted to be supporting the terrific junior work being carried out by Annika Sorenstam and her team," said Duncan Weir, Executive Director - Working for Golf at The R&A. "Annika is an iconic figure in women's golf whose passion for success will undoubtedly rub off on the boys and girls who compete in her events. We are proud to be involved." read more

"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. read more

"We are a company dedicated to offering the opportunity to play golf to all those who would like to have a go. Experiences over the past 15 years of teaching and grooming junior golfers have shown that golf is 'cool' with kids and there are many boys and girls wanting to play the game," said Romit, Director of Romit Bose Golf Schools and Champions Junior Tour. read more

 
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