The Texas Golf Association Foundation strives to grow the
game through new initiatives every year. In 2020, it launched
Youth on Course in the San Antonio area. The program gives juniors access to
play golf for $5 or less at eight courses in San Antonio.
love this program because it gives junior golfers a chance to take their skills
from The First Tee, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf and more junior programs to the course
and continue to learn the game,” TGA Foundation Managing Director Kelly Kilgo
said. “Youth on Course helps to make golf a big part of their lives because now
they can go play fantastic courses for no more than a $5 green fee.”
The eight courses in San Antonio participating in this
year’s Youth on Course program are Mission Del Lago, Riverside, Willow Springs,
Brackenridge Park, Olmos Basin, Northern Hills Golf Club, Cedar Creek and San
Pedro Driving Range.
Founded in 2006 by the Northern California Golf Association,
Youth on Course began as a way to increase the accessibility and affordability of
golf for the area’s youth. Within five years, the program was thriving and
expanded as a nationwide initiative. Today, the 501(c)(3) organization partners
with state and regional golf associations across the country. Youth on Course
is currently offered in 34 regions and has subsidized more than 900,000 rounds
“Investing in the future and health of the game is exactly what
the TGA is built for and Youth on Course allows us to accomplish this with
juniors, families and golf facilities,” TGA Executive Director Stacy Dennis
said. “Youth on Course provides juniors with an opportunity to take the next
step from skill development programs to access on a golf course. It
creates relationships between juniors, their parents and local golf facilities.
This program creates a pipeline of juniors that can continue to build
confidence on the golf course and become lifelong players.”
Youth on Course memberships are $20 a year. The membership
gives access to the eight courses in San Antonio as well as internships, caddie
programs and scholarships. The program is designed for youth ages 6-18 and there
are zero restrictions on when to join.
To learn more about Youth on Course, click here.
The TGA Foundation started its own initiative in 2016. The
TGA Works Program gives high schoolers who are interested in working in the
golf industry opportunities to intern at various Member Clubs across the state.
TGA Works is a paid summer internship and offers invaluable lessons on and off
the golf course.
“Throughout the TGA Works internship, I learned the ins and outs of
the golf business,” said Cade Cook, who worked at Indian Creek Golf Club in
Carrollton last summer. “The internship opened my mind to so many new things
and persuaded me toward a career in the golf business even more.”
The program strives to introduce motivated youth to respected
careers in the golf industry. It helps clubs invest in their local communities
and grow the game. Member Clubs, who offer internships, will receive up to
$3,000 in grant funding to offset intern wages.
Along with Indian Creek Golf Club, Quail Valley Golf Course
in Missouri City and Mira Vista Country Club in Fort Worth had TGA Works
interns last summer. Responsibilities ranged from tournament operations, golf
course agronomy, merchandise management, outside services and golf instruction.
To apply for a TGA Works internship, click here.
Application deadline is May 15.
ABOUT THE TGA
FOUNDATION: The charitable arm of the TGA, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization that was established to make certain golf in Texas continues
to grow and prosper. It achieves this mission through the financial and
administrative support of existing grass-roots junior golf development
programs, and in creating new avenues for deserving and underserved youth to
learn some of life’s most important lessons through their exposure to the game
of golf. By ensuring that deserving young
people from every walk-of-life have the opportunity to be exposed to this great
game and the accompanying valuable life lessons to be learned, as well as
discovering the many possible career opportunities surrounding the sport, the
TGA Foundation expects that golf in the Lone Star State will be in good hands
for generations to come. To learn more about the TGA Foundation, click here.