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Minnesota Section PGA Awards Six Programs With George Waters Memorial Grants

July 1, 2016

The Minnesota Section PGA Foundation has awarded six programs to receive grants for player development through the George Waters Memorial Grant Program. The George Waters Memorial Grant Program was established to help worthy PGA Professionals and other golf related Player Development or “Golf in the Schools” programs further their goals in player development with an emphasis on junior golf, disabled golfers or Special Olympics athletes.

The program was developed from the gracious support of PGA Professional George Waters.  Waters, owner of George’s Driving Range and a PGA Member for more than 50 years, enjoyed teaching the game of golf to all interested including juniors. The six programs selected to receive support in 2016 include:

First Tee Saint Paul – Special Needs Teenagers (Third Grant)
This golf program was created to build the First Tee Saint Paul’s relationship in providing golf opportunities to teenagers and adults with disabilities. There are over 250 juniors without the adequate resources and funds that will have an opportunity be a part of the program.

“Golf in the Schools” Program – Edina High School – Braemar Golf Course (Second Grant)
A program that aims at introducing girls and boys to the game of golf at Edina High School. The program includes 30 students per class with six classes each day for three days at Braemar Golf Course teaching the golf swing, ball striking and the short game.

“Swing Fore it Golf Camp” – 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 and play the game. The camp continues to advance and expand with attending athletes competing at the state and national games in the field of golf.

“Get a Grip Youth Golf Association” – Glen Lake Golf Course
This is program was established to promote the game of golf and provide boys and girls the opportunity to learn and compete in the game of golf. The program is expected to include 100 juniors ranging from ages 6-18 and includes participants with beginner to intermediate skill levels.

“Golf in the Schools” Program – First Tee Blaine – Victory Links Golf Course
This “Golf in the Schools” program will teach golf and life skills in a school setting as well as offer field trips to Victory Links Golf Course. The program will serve third through fifth graders at Golden Lake Elementary School—roughly 200 individuals every year.

“Golf in the Schools” Program – First Tee South Dakota
In South Dakota, this “Golf in the Schools” program includes seven local courses that provide a fun, safe environment for summer play. The youth go through a tiered system that is age appropriate, ages 4-18, learning basic life and golf skills; many participants are seeing golf for the very first time.

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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