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Minnesota Section PGA Awards Ten Programs with George Waters Memorial Grants

May 30, 2015

In addition to the Valspar Junior Golf Scholarship winners, the Minnesota Section PGA Foundation also recently announced that ten programs were chosen to receive grants for player development through the George Waters Memorial Grant Program. The program was established to help worthy PGA professionals and other golf related development or “Golf in the Schools” programs further themselves in player development, especially amongst junior golfers, disabled golfers, and the Special Olympics. The Memorial Grant Program was developed thanks to an extensive amount of help and support from PGA professional George Waters.

Waters, who was a PGA professional for over 50 years, owns George’s Driving Range and taught the game of golf to all people interested including youth. The ten programs selected to receive the George Waters Memorial Grant in 2015 include:

“Golf in the Schools” Program – Chisago Lakes Golf Course (Third Grant)

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.

Wild Marsh Golf Club – City of Buffalo Junior Golf Program (Third Grant)

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.

Northwest Junior Golf League – Bunker Hills GC and Rush Creek GC (Second Grant)

Program will be conducted at four facilities, Bunker Hills GC, Cedar Creek GC, Riverwood National GC, and Rush Creek GC and will bring junior golfers ages 8-14 together for on-course instruction and competitions.

The First Tee Saint Paul – Highland Friendship Club Golf Program (Second Grant)

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.

Ramsey County First Tee Saint Paul Scholarships

The program was established to provide scholarships to underprivileged youths to attend the First Tee Saint Paul’s First Tee program in Saint Paul.

“Golf in the Schools” Program – Wilson Golf Group and Mahtomedi Schools

The “Golf in the Schools” program is designed to introduce every third through fifth grade student in the Mahtomedi School District to the game of golf. The program includes class sessions during school using SNAG golf equipment.

“Golf in the Schools” Program – Braemar Golf Dome & Edina High School

The “Golf in the Schools” program is designed to introduce High School students in the Edina School District to the game of golf. The program includes class sessions during school at the Braemar Golf Dome.

“Swing Fore it Golf Camp” Program – Rush Creek Golf Club

The “Swing Fore it Golf Camp” is designed to introduce Special Olympic athletes to the game of golf. The weekly program introduces athletes beginning to learn golf as well as those that already know the game.

“Courage Kenny” Adaptive Golf Program – Three Rivers Park District

The “Courage Kenny” golf program helps introduce the game of golf to individuals with physical challenges that include amputees, spinal and brain injuries and a variety of other diseases and physical challenges.

The Minnesota Section PGA consists of PGA Professionals who are experts in the game and business of golf. Our mission is to promote the enjoyment and involvement of the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals, the golf industry, people who play golf or would like to start playing golf. PGA Section Offices oversee the 41 geographic regions throughout the United States and provide the grass-roots network for the nation’s 25 million amateur golfers and with the PGA’s 27,000 members.

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