About the Georgia PGA Foundation
The Georgia PGA officially acquired ownership of the Georgia Junior Golf Foundation in the summer of 2011. We have re-branded the foundation as the Georgia PGA Foundation and we strongly believe that this will give the Georgia PGA a vehicle to grow the game at our state level by forging partnerships with like-minded companies and individuals who love the great game of golf, but we are going to need your help in identifying these people.
The Georgia PGA Foundation (formerly the Georgia Junior Golf Foundation) was founded in memoriam of Robert T. Jones in 1974 with support from both the GSGA and the Georgia PGA. Since its inception, the Foundation's Mission has been to introduce and engage individuals of all ages and socioeconomic backgrounds to the game of golf by providing instruction, education and playing opportunities. The purpose of the Foundation is to impact and enhance the lives of individuals utilizing the game of golf-- a gift for a lifetime. The Foundation will achieve its vision and mission through fundraising programs and golf programming targeted to enhance individuals' lives and better communities.
Through the years, our message has been delivered in many different manners such as camps, clinics, seminars and tournaments. The Foundation implemented a new program in 2000 titled the "Junior Golf At Schools Program." This program was offered to middle school PE classes throughout Georgia. In five short years, the Golf at Schools Program was taught at 85 middle schools. As a result, golf has been introduced to over 40,000 middle school students. This wonderfully successful program is now a model that is being used in many States.
In 2005, the Foundation made a change to the Elementary school level when we began a new initiative in partnership with the First Tee Elementary Schools Program. We wanted to play a much more active role at that level. We have been extremely active on the leadership team and are working to increase the number of programs and help with course access for the students. These programs are now in both Cobb and Gwinnett Counties.
The Junior Golf Magazine is another tool for the Foundation to use in its effort to fulfill its Mission. The magazine is in its seventh year and is highly anticipated each January! The magazine offers a great collection of useful information for junior golfers of all skill levels. We will take you on a journey from where and how to get started playing golf, to instruction, to competitive golf, to preparing for college and how golf can be a part of your future.
The Foundation continues to explore various fundraising efforts and has gotten legislation passed through the House and Senate to do a golf license tag through the Department of Revenue that is now available. We are also a new participant to the Tickets for Charity program for fundraising at different golfing events.
The Foundation is very proactive around the state with a variety of different clinics and workshops to give juniors some PGA instruction time and get more juniors to the golf course.
Georgia PGA Foundation
• New Georgia PGA Foundation golf license tag program
• New Rules and Etiquette Power Point Presentations all over the state for juniors of all ages and levels
• New Player Development Programs launching all over the state to help grow the game with integrated programming at different sites that include free clinics and workshops
• Resource and information center for all junior golf activities in the state
• Georgia Junior Golfer Magazine