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Women account for just 24 percent of golfers worldwide, yet the number of prospective female players could add $35 billion to the global golf economy. These are the findings of a groundbreaking global study into female golf participation commissioned by Syngenta and conducted by an independent international market research company. read more

"We're sincerely humbled by the gracious, generous support of everyone who participated in the auction," said Youth on Course Executive Director Adam Heieck. "It's exhilarating to see how many people value growing the game through access and ensuring that every child in the country has the option to play golf at an affordable rate." read more

Speaking on "Marketing to the Power of the Purse" at the Midwest Golf Course Owners Association (MWGCOA) Conference in Oakdale, Minn., Pam Swensen, CEO of the Executive Women's Golf Association (EWGA) shared insights from the organization's 25 years of promoting women's golf. read more

"Junior.Golf can be a real game changer for facilities, PGA Professionals, children and parents," said Mark Harrison, CEO of the Northern Texas PGA. "The interactive technology is easy to use, fun and provides children, parents and PGA Professionals valuable information to help children grow and improve their love for the game." read more

This field trip is part of First Green's STEM program, which uses golf courses as learning labs. Golf course superintendents need to be highly-trained in STEM to manage their golf courses; they share this knowledge with teachers and students, showing real world applications that inspire student interest in STEM. read more

The Golf & Health Project "is going to provide real, tangible resources that can be used by governments and politicians, professional tours, governing bodies, golf businesses, PGA Professionals and more -- all to the sport's benefit," said Steve Mona, CEO of the World Golf Foundation. read more

"Our mission is about sharing the gift of golf through technology and innovative programs. We are blessed to support the NTPGA and PGA Junior League to give players more opportunities for high 5s and fist pumps," said Jason Black, founder of Junior.Golf. read more

Select winners from the global series of ANNIKA Invitational junior tournaments have been invited to play in the 2016 Faldo Series Grand Final, Oct. 11-13 in Gainsborough, England. And beginning in 2017, Faldo Series winners will also receive exemptions into ANNIKA Invitational events. read more

"We recognize budgets are tight for many college students that enjoy the game of golf, thus, this program will provide more opportunities for this important sector to experience our collection of championship golf courses, at very reasonable rates," said Brett Stark, Senior Director, Marketing & eCommerce, Marriott Golf. read more

"Getting kids interested in golf at an early age is vital to growth and sustainability of the game," said Zach May, General Manager of Dunedin Stirling Links. "Partnering with The First Tee represents an amazing opportunity to nurture a passion that often lasts a lifetime." read more

"The LPGA*USGA Girls Golf of Phoenix is a huge supporter of the Biion brand. Their students and parents alike wear Biion shoes. They support us daily and it's our pleasure to return their support with this sponsorship of Girls Golf Day," Biion Footwear CEO & President Rick Buchanan said. read more

"The Cushman brand is more than delivering reliable, durable vehicles, we are committed to supporting the industry we serve, which is why we launched Growing Greens," said Michael R. Parkhurst, Vice President, Golf for Textron Specialized Vehicles. "The Growing Greens program and GCSAA have a common goal of advancing the superintendent profession and growing the game of golf." read more

"I was really thrilled to see so many TGA kids participate in Drive, Chip and Putt this year," said Dave Robinson, director of TGA of Southeast Michigan. "We work very hard in creating the pathway for these kids to learn the game and be able to grow with it and become lifelong golfers." read more

"Our members and Chapters are very dedicated to giving back and 'paying it forward,' especially in their support of Girls Golf," said Pam Swensen, EWGA CEO. "The TLink Buy One, Gift One promotion complements this commitment and benefits everyone." read more

First Green, a unique STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education program that uses golf courses as environmental learning labs, is preparing for its 20th year celebration by looking back at its origins. read more