(Nov. 1, 2016)
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. – The PGA of America and national African-American Fraternity Sigma Pi Phi have partnered to launch a PGA Junior League Golf pilot program at seven top junior golf facilities across Florida, Georgia and Texas this fall. Funded by PGA REACH, the program provides six weeks of free PGA Professional golf instruction to children of all socio-economic backgrounds with the aim of increasing diversity in junior golf.
Participants are provided with numbered jerseys and utilize PGA Junior League Golf’s team format during the on-course portion of the program. The key youth program of PGA REACH, PGA Junior League Golf provides a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf under the direction of PGA and LPGA Professionals.
“We are tremendously proud to be partnered with Sigma Pi Phi,” said Sandy Cross, PGA of America Senior Director of Diversity and Inclusion. “We believe this is a powerful relationship that will bring more youth of color into the game of golf in a very intentional and meaningful way. Both organizations firmly believe that golf will pay dividends for these children, personally and professionally, throughout their lives. We also hope to spark great interest in careers in the business of golf and PGA membership through this partnership.”
Sigma Pi Phi Boulés (chapters) in each market recruit local youth to participate in the program. Boulés volunteer their time to assist host PGA Professionals in leading the kids through the program.
“We are delighted to partner with the PGA of America to expand the reach of PGA Junior League Golf at a time when many youth in our communities stand to benefit from learning a sport proven to develop invaluable critical and strategic thinking skills expected of tomorrow’s leaders,” said Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Grand Sire Archon Wesley A. Coleman. “Our combined resources create a powerful formula to impact their lives for a better America. We are indeed honored to continue our social action work through this new partnership.”
Participating facilities and hosting PGA Professionals include:
- Sandhill Crane Golf Club (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) – Sherri Pla, PGA
- Country Club of Miami (Miami, Fla.) – Larry Levow, PGA
- Quantum Performance Institute (Orlando, Fla.) – Anthony Stepney, PGA
- Cedar Crest Golf Course (Dallas, Texas) – Ira McGraw, PGA
- The Clubs of Kingwood (Houston, Texas) – Aurora Kirchner-McClain, PGA
- Roy Kizer Golf Complex (Austin, Texas) – Garry Rippy, PGA
- Bull Creek Golf Course (Midland, Ga.) – John Milam, PGA and Steven Paine, PGA Apprentice