The United States Golf Association (USGA) and The PGA of America have announced a partnership for a Junior Golf Program in 2009 that focuses on expanding the number of junior golfers while fostering life-long participation in the game.
The pilot program will involve PGA Professionals in seven PGA Sections across the country that have demonstrated strong junior golf infrastructures— Indiana, Illinois, New Jersey, Northern Texas, South Florida, Southern California and Wisconsin.
The USGA/PGA Junior Golf Program will comprise three initiatives: an After School program, a Trio Mentoring program, and a Course Access program.
“Building the next generation of golfers is one of the hallmarks of our mission as PGA Professionals and one that is shared by our partner, the United States Golf Association,” said PGA of America President Jim Remy. “Our partnership with the USGA in this program represents the next step to extending those building blocks for our country’s future golfers. We are excited about the curriculum that will be used to reach youngsters and the enthusiasm that our member professionals bring to the lesson tee each day. It is their body of work that makes the game of golf enjoyable for everyone.”
In addition to the After School Program, recruitment of junior golfers will continue through mentoring programs, PGA and LPGA professionals, partner programs with The First Tee, and other junior golf programs and associations that have been utilized in the seven pilot PGA Sections.
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