Golf News ยป Growth-of-golf program updates

"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

"We are passionate about the game of golf and it's natural to want to share our game with others," said KemperSports President Josh Lesnik. "Player Development Week reiterates our commitment to introducing golf in an unintimidating and fun manner." read more

"The scale and connections of Billy Casper Golf are powerful," said Donna Hoffman, President of Women on Course which she founded in 2005. "Our membership growth affirms that females are responding exceptionally well to our welcoming social and business networking environment." read more

"It is important for the future of the sport to capture interest in golf early so that youngsters will transition with confidence to play with actual golf equipment on a traditional golf course," said Terry Anton, founder and CEO of SNAG Golf. "The more fun we make golf for children, the more chance they have to play the game for a lifetime." read more

"We are pleased to partner with the LPGA Foundation to provide a unique opportunity for a couple of girls golf members. Our hope is that, together with the LPGA Foundation, we can expand the opportunities for girls in future years," said US Golf Camps Director of Golf & Master Kids Teacher, Frank Mantua. read more