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PGA of America, United States Golf Association launch golf program for youth at Boys and Girls Club of the Northern Neck

Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at 1:16 pm


Program Focuses on Promotion of Character and Healthy Lifestyles, While Developing Next Generation of Golfers

The PGA of America (PGA) and the United States Golf Association (USGA) today announced the expansion of its PGA Sports Academy golf program to youth at the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northern Neck.  Golf training equipment and instructional support from PGA Professionals will be provided through this partnership to help youth build character, develop healthy lifestyles, and learn the game of golf.

The PGA Sports Academy was launched in 2012 and has expanded its program to 100 sites nationwide, adding 25 clubs in 2014. Plans call for the program’s expansion to at least 150 Boys & Girls Clubs during the next three years. The Boys & Girls Club of the Northern Neck, with the assistance of Indian Creek Yacht and Country Club’s PGA Golf Professionals Mike and Brenda Mayer, will implement this five week curricula for youth ages 7 to 12 beginning Tuesday, March 25th (4:30 to 5:30 p.m.)  The program will be repeated each Tuesday through April 29th, and will run again in the fall starting October 7th. The three core components of the partnership are:

  • PGA Professionals from Indian Creek will serve as our instructors, utilizing space both in and out of the local clubs located at 517 N. Main Street in Kilmarnock to facilitate the PGA Sports Academy program.
  • Mike and Brenda Myers with their staff will teach basic skills and the Rules of Golf, in addition to coordinating contests, games and a visit to local golf course to reinforce both the fun of the game and skill development.
  • Golf training clubs and equipment have also been provided to be used for the program at each Boys & Girls Club which allows for safe golf activity in limited space, and is designed for multiple users.

“This is an incredible opportunity for our Club members, their families and our Staff,” said Club Operations Director Wardell Carter.  “We are excited to be partnering with the professionals at Indian Creek and through them the PGA and USGA in order to expose youth here in our community to the sport of golf. The many merits of golf – determination, focus, discipline, and respect – also include fitness and fun, and the promotion of healthier lifestyles. This program opens doors to new experiences to help the young people we serve become positive role models, better citizens and have even greater futures.”

This program is also open to current non-club members.  All you need to do is call the Club at 804-435-9696, fill out a form and your child can participate in this great opportunity.  Deadline for registration is Monday, March 24th.