Longmont, CO – The impact the JGAC has had on the playing landscape is profound and exciting. More than 850 junior golfers participated in more than 80 tournaments this year. But did you know, the golfers participating in tournament rounds represent only 10% of the young people that the JGAC will have an impact on this year? Through community focused programs, the JGAC will utilize golf as a vehicle to teach life lessons, community involvement, engage families, and leave a legacy of positively impacting the lives of others.
One of the JGAC’s core developmental programs, Colorado PGA Golf in Schools, headed north for a three day program at Twin Peaks Charter Academy in Longmont, CO. Megan Williams, the educator who requested the program noted that of the 120 students who will participate in the program, only a handful have ever touched a club. These opportunities for growth in the game of golf are prime examples of the need for community focused programs that meet prospective junior golfers on their own terms and turf.
The GIS program, now in its 6th year has reached over 50,000 students by bringing golf and the lessons it teaches to the schools at no cost to the school, the parents, or the students. Funded through the Colorado PGA REACH Foundation and the Colorado Open Golf Foundation, the program pairs a PGA Professional and golf course with a school in their community. PGA Professionals provide three days of in-school programming, teaching swing fundamentals and linking the traditional lessons learned in golf to the student’s experience in school and life with focuses on Integrity, Responsibility, Honesty, and Perseverance among others. Following the in-school program, a field trip to the local golf course is scheduled and funded. Students on the field trip have the opportunity to apply their newly acquired skills on the golf course as well as learn about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) components that go into the care and maintenance of these 100 acre green spaces.
Colorado PGA Golf in schools allows PGA Professionals to reach kids who may never have the opportunity to experience golf and the lessons it teaches. Traditionally underserved communities and schools make up about half of the schools that are visited each year. To learn more about bringing golf to YOUR school, contact the Colorado PGA’s Junior Golf Director, Holly Champion, PGA at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Junior Golf Alliance of Colorado is the Alliance of the Colorado Section of the PGA and the Colorado Golf Association, and each association’s individual community and development programs have been rolled up under the Alliance so that the impact of each association could be amplified. The programs embraced under the JGAC are
- Colorado PGA Golf in Schools
- Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship
- PGA Junior League
- Solich Caddie & Leadership Academy
- Hale Irwin Elite Player Program
- Big Brothers, Big Sisters
- Special Olympics