Georgia PGA Revitalizes Foundation Initiatives with PGA REACH Georgia Re-Brand
The Georgia PGA Foundation completed a re-brand to become PGA REACH Georgia. With this re-branding effort, the Foundation adopted a new set of by-laws and elected a Board of Directors who are passionate about youth, military and inclusion programming.
In addition to participation in nation-wide programs like PGA Junior League and Drive, Chip & Putt, the Foundation also operates a high-level junior tour and provides financial assistance to youth through scholarships and the Gene Siller Memorial Grant (GSMG).
Named for the late PGA Member Gene Siller, the GSMG awarded over $20,000 to junior golfers and initiatives in 2022, the first year of the grant’s existence. In 2023, it is expected to continue to grow.
PGA REACH Georgia operates nine PGA HOPE Chapters across the state, providing golf instruction to the military community as a tool for physical and emotional well-being. With the goal of expanding the program in 2024, over 20 Georgia PGA Members will complete their PGA HOPE Instructor Certification this year. With the help of 2023 Veteran Ambassador Karen Cooper, a US Army Veteran, PGA HOPE Georgia will serve over 500 veterans this year.
PGA REACH Georgia is expanding inclusion-focused programming this year with the establishment of a new mentorship program pairing students from backgrounds that are under-represented in the golf industry with industry mentors. The goal of the program is to bring awareness of career opportunities in golf to new audiences. The program was developed and executed by PGA WORKS Fellow Destany Hall with the hope that it will roll out on a national scale. We thank Destany and as her fellowship draws to a close, leadership is interviewing candidates to be the next Fellow.
The re-brand to become PGA REACH Georgia has marked a pivotal time in Foundation operations. It is our hope that this alignment with PGA REACH will allow us to reach a broader audience and kick off fundraising initiatives to maximize the amount of lives improved by golf. For more information please visit: georgiapga.com/foundation