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Six Local Programs Receive Minnesota PGA Foundation Grants

July 17, 2013

The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation selected six local programs to receive grants for player development through the George Waters Memorial Grant Program. A total of $18,000 has been awarded to support programs that focus of player development with an emphasis on junior golf, golfers with disabilities or Special Olympics athletes. The George Waters Memorial Grant Program, established by past PGA Professional George Waters, helps worthy PGA Professionals and other golf related Player Development or Golf in Schools programs. Waters, owner of George’s Driving Range and a PGA Member for more than 50 years, enjoyed teaching the game and passion of golf. His legacy lives on through the works of the six programs selected to receive support this year.kid2

The First Tee Saint Paul – Highland Friendship Club Golf Program  

The golf program was established to expand the First Tee’s relationship in providing golf opportunities to individuals with disabilities ranging from teenagers to adults. The Highland Friendship Club has more than 250 members with disabilities that will have the opportunity to be part of the program.

“Golf in the Schools” Program – Chisago Lakes Golf Coursekid3

The “Golf in the Schools” program is designed to introduce every third through fifth grade student in the Chisago Lakes School District to the game of golf. The program will include three class sessions during school and a field trip to the golf course.

The First Tee Minneapolis – Golf in the Schools Program

The program is designed to introduce children ages 6-17 to the game of golf and hopefully create a feeder program to summer First Tee programming.

kid1Kathy Swanson Golf – Introducing Girls to the Game

Kathy Swanson Golf is introducing young girls to the game of golf through the “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” (ages 7-11) and Girls that Rock (ages 12+) programs at Medina G&CC (Medina, MN) and Crow River CC (Hutchinson, MN).

Wild Marsh Golf Club – City of Buffalo Junior Golf Program

The program is a joint effort between Wild Marsh Golf Club, Buffalo Heights Golf Course and the city of Buffalo, MN to introduce children ages 7-12 to the game.

Dun Mac Golf for Vets – Victory Links Golf Course

The program was established to introduce golf to military veterans and help them with their life skills through the game.

The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation was founded in 1995 as a 501(C)3 charitable organization. The goal of the Foundation is to specifically carry out two main functions; promotion of the game through programs and to provide financial assistance to worthy members of the Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf Program and PGA member facilities to further their education.

Promotion of the game of golf has been directly associated to programs with core values such as integrity, honesty, respect, self-assurance, courtesy and perseverance. Those programs that the Foundation has provided assistance to include; the Fairway Foundation, The First Tee Programs of Minnesota, Midnight Golf, Minnesota PGA Family Clinics, the Dakota Chapter Junior Golf Camp, and University of Minnesota Golf for Business and Life Program.

The Foundation also provides financial assistance to members of the Minnesota Section PGA Junior Golf Association through scholarships. These scholarships enable these individuals to continue their education beyond High School. Since 1995, the Foundation Committee has awarded more than $200,000 to worthy students including $24,000 in 2013.

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