USGA Grants In 2009 Benefit More Than 230,000 Young People, Individuals With Disabilities February 14, 2015

USGA Grants In 2009 Benefit More Than 230,000 Young People, Individuals With Disabilities

Far Hills, N.J. (Jan. 8) - The United States Golf Association announced today that it awarded $1.87 million to support the development of 127 golf programs through its "For the Good of the Game" Grants Initiative during 2009. More than 230,000 young people and individuals with disabilities were projected to participate in quality golf programs supported by these grants. The USGA has allocated $65 million to more than 1,000 organizations over the 13-year existence of this broad-reaching initiative, making the game more affordable and accessible to underserved populations. USGA funding helps these programs pay for essential programming components such as: golf instruction, access to golf courses and practice ranges, equipment and transportation. 

"The USGA is pleased to continue its support of organizations working to improve the lives of young people and individuals with  

Junior golfers remain one of the biggest benefactors of USGA grants. (John Mummert/USGA)

disabilities through the game of golf,” said USGA President Jim Vernon. “Seeing hundreds of non-profit organizations using golf as a vehicle to positively influence the next generation speaks highly of the enduring values of the game.”

 A founding partner of The First Tee, the USGA continues to be the largest financial supporter of the network. In 2009, the USGA distributed $888,860 among 62 local chapters and The First Tee Home Office, bringing total USGA support of The First Tee to more than $25 million since 1997.

Beyond grant making, the USGA supports a variety of other outreach efforts including U.S. Open Junior Day and LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

Nearly 800 juniors from local junior golf programs, youth service agencies and schools attended the 2009 U.S. Open Junior Day on June 14 at Bethpage State Park in Farmingdale, N.Y. The annual event enables the next generation of young golfers to experience the U.S. Open Championship. Participants were treated to a golf exhibition featuring 2009 U.S. Open competitor and 1999 U.S. Junior Amateur champion Hunter Mahan and two-time U.S. Open champion Andy North. The day included various activities for the attendees such as tours of the 18th green of the Black Course, a putting station, photo opportunities with a U.S. Open replica trophy and visits to the American Express Championship Experience tent and the U.S. Open Merchandise Pavilion. Attendees received complimentary U.S. Open practice round tickets. The day was made possible by The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS), a USGA corporate partner.

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, a partnership between the USGA and The LPGA Foundation, provides opportunities for girls ages 7-17 to learn and enjoy the game. The initiative celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2009 with program alumna and LPGA Tour member Brittany Lincicome and program founder LPGA Teaching Professional Sandy LaBauve serving as national ambassadors. The program has reached more than 60,000 girls since its inception, including nearly 6,000 girls at 177 sites across the country in 2009. 

In 2009, 59 current or former members of Girls Golf participated in USGA championships, including eight in the U.S. Women’s Open. The program benefited from a USGA contribution made possible by RBS. The funds were used to provide matching grants for instruction, access, and equipment to Girls Golf sites.

In addition to RBS, two other USGA corporate partners, American Express and Lexus, contributed to the philanthropic efforts of the Association in 2009. American Express supported USGA grants in U.S. Open markets, assisted in the USGA’s promotion of Patriot Golf Day and conducted a gift-with-purchase program at the U.S. Open benefiting USGA charitable activities.  Lexus supported a USGA grant to the National Alliance for Youth Sports and its Hook A Kid On Golf program.

USGA Grants Initiative: A Capsule History 

The USGA works to make the game of golf affordable and accessible. Since 1997, the USGA Grants Initiative has provided more than $65 million to in excess of 1,000 programs that serve economically-disadvantaged juniors, girls, minority youth, and individuals with disabilities. More than 2.2 million participants have benefited from these programs. The USGA also operates several direct charitable activities and partners with national organizations to promote affordable course access, opportunities for girls in golf and initiatives for individuals with disabilities.

For more information on the USGA Grants Initiative, contact the USGA Grants and Fellowship Department at 719-471-4810.

The following programs, organized alphabetically by state, received funding from the USGA in 2009:


Organization Name  Grant Amount  City  State 
The First Tee of Fort Smith $844 Ft. Smith Ark.
City of Bell Gardens $10,000 Bell Gardens Calif.
City of Ventura $9,000 Ventura Calif.
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara $7,000 Santa Barbara Calif.
Life Skills FORE Pasadena Youth Inc. $12,500 Pasadena Calif.
NCGA Foundation $25,000 Pebble Beach Calif.
Pin Pals Junior Links $5,000 San Diego Calif.
Pro Kids Golf Academy $25,000 San Diego Calif.
San Joaquin Junior Golf Foundation $7,000 Stockton Calif.
San Jose Sports Authority $15,000 San Jose Calif.
Siskiyou Family YMCA $1,500 Yreka Calif.
Southern California Golf Association Foundation $15,000 Studio City Calif.
The National University Golf Academy $5,000 La Jolla Calif.
Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District $1,000 San Jacinto Calif.
Western States Golf Association Southern Area Youth Program Inc. $20,000 Los Angeles Calif.
Colorado Open Golf Foundation $20,000 Denver Colo.
The Youth Foundation $20,000 Edwards Colo.
The Connecticut Golf Foundation $20,000 Rocky Hill Conn.
Girl Scout Council of the Nation's Capital $10,000 Washington D.C.
The First Tee of Greater Washington $100 Washington D.C.
Urban Youth Golf Program $15,000 Wilmington Del.
Champions Junior Golf Tour $1,404 Sarasota Fla.
Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation $20,000 Clearwater Fla.
City of Miami Beach $4,000 Miami Beach Fla.
City of North Lauderdale Parks & Recreation Foundation $4,000 North Lauderdale Fla.
Enlightenment, Inc. $168 Orlando Fla.
Future Masters, Inc. $4,848 Orlando Fla.
Junior Golf Foundation of America, Inc. $10,000 West Palm Beach Fla.
LPGA Foundation, Inc. $200,000 Daytona Beach Fla.
National Alliance for Youth Sports $100,000 West Palm Beach Fla.
Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, Inc. $10,000 Tampa Fla.
The First Tee of St. Johns County $2,380 Elkton Fla.
World Golf Foundation $100,000 Ponte Vedra Beach Fla.
Albany Junior Golf Development, Inc. $20,000 Albany Ga.
Camp Village, Inc. $13,000 Atlanta Ga.
H&J Junior Golf Program, Inc. $5,000 Stone Mountain Ga.
Walton Foundation for Independence, Inc. $3,500 Augusta Ga.
Women in Golf Foundation, Inc. $15,000 Ellenwood Ga.
North Kohala Community Resource Center $4,376 Hawi Hawaii
Bureau County Co-Op Alternative School $2,500 Manlius Ill.
Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club $10,000 Champaign Ill.
Dupage A.M.E. Church $6,000 Lisle Ill.
Evans Scholars Foundation $10,000 Golf Ill.
First Tee of the City of Aurora and Fox River $4,504 Aurora Illl.
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports  Association $2,500 Lake Forest Ill.
Joliet Sweet Swingers Golf Club $10,000 Joliet Ill.
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago $2,500 Chicago Ill.
Revelation Golf $20,000 Elk Grove Village Ill.
Sunshine Through Golf Foundation $10,000 Lemont Ill.
The Great River First Tee $7,988 Quincy Ill.
Blackford County Community Foundation $7,000 Hartford City Ind.
Indiana Golf Foundation $2,580 Franklin Ind.
Positive Swing $20,000 Southport Ind.
The Golf Foundation of Iowa $12,500 Urbandale Iowa
Junior Golf Foundation of Greater Kansas City $6,000 Leawood Kan.
TFT Inc. $15,000 Pineville Ky.
Northwest Lousiana Youth Golf and Education Foundation $1,480 Shreveport La.
Recreation and Park Commission of East Baton Rouge $8,500 Baton Rouge La.
The First Tee of Greater New Orleans $20,000 New Orleans La.
Maine Handicapped Skiing $4,900 Newry Maine
Northern Maine Development Commission $2,500 Caribou Maine
Massachusetts Golf Association $20,000 Norton Mass.
The First Tee of Howard County, Inc. $5,000 Columbia Md.
Advantage Academy $12,000 Southgate Mich.
Capitol Area Golf For Youths Inc. $9,000 Lansing Mich.
City of Battle Creek $10,000 Battle Creek Mich.
The Midnight Golf Program $27,500 Detroit Mich.
St. Paul Junior Golf Program $17,500 Shakopee Minn.
Sister Kenny Foundation $9,000 Minneapolis Minn.
Three Rivers Park District $15,000 Plymouth Minn.
Junior Golf Foundation of Greater St. Louis $20,000 St. Louis Mo.
Special Olympics of Montana/Yellowstone Valley Area $1,500 Billings Mont.
Cleveland County Family YMCA Inc. $3,440 Shelby N.C.
Eliada Homes, Inc. $7,500 Asheville N.C.
Golf Fore! Fun Inc. $25,000 Clemmons N.C.
Saint Augustine College $15,000 Raleigh N.C.
Special Olympics North America $35,000 Raleigh N.C.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg PAL $120 Charlotte N.C.
The First of the Sandhills $10,684 Southern Pines N.C.
The Triangle Golf Foundation $20,000 Raleigh N.C.
Walter T. Morgan Service Foundation, Inc. $6,116 Cornelius N.C.
Wilmington Disabled Athletic Association $292 Wilmington N.C.
Hillsboro Community Activities Association $536 Hillsboro N.D.
National Amputee Golf Association $10,500 Amherst N.H.
Bergenfield Public School District $11,000 Bergenfield N.J.
Boys and Girls Club of Camden County $17,500 Camden N.J.
Jersey Shore Junior Golf, Inc. $8,000 Ocean N.J.
Township of Pemberton $7,000 Pemberton N.J.
Las Cruces Junior Golf Association, Inc. $5,000 Las Cruces N.M.
Sun Country Junior Golf Foundation, Inc. $8,000 Rowe N.M.
Buffalo Inner City Youth Fan Club for Golfing Inc. $752 Buffalo N.Y.
City Parks Foundation $10,000 New York N.Y.
Greene County Golf Course Association Inc. $12,000 Westerlo N.Y.
Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation $50,000 Elmsford N.Y.
Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club $6,000 Mount Vernon N.Y.
Parks Junior Golf Foundation, Inc. $7,000 Rochester N.Y.
Research Foundation of the State University of New York $20,000 Stony Brook N.Y.
Tony Jordan Youth Sports Foundation $7,000 Rochester N.Y.
Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation $10,000 Lincoln Neb.
Hogan's Junior Golf Heroes Foundation $5,000 Omaha Neb.
Lakota Golf Association $4,000 Rushville Neb.
Community Action for Capable Youth $6,000 Mansfield Ohio
Ebony Ladies Youth Golf $10,000 Youngstown Ohio
Ohio Junior Golf Association $12,500 Norwalk Ohio
The First Tee of Canton $2,448 Canton Ohio
The First Tee of Cleveland $10,344 Newburgh Heights Ohio
ViaQuest Foundation $20,000 Dublin Ohio
YMCA of Greater Dayton $3,500 Dayton Ohio
Youth Development Corp. of SW Ohio $15,000 Loveland Ohio
Eugene Family YMCA $15,000 Eugene Ore.
Leisure Hour Junior Golf Club $10,000 Portland Ore.
CR Junior Chips, Inc. $10,000 Pittsburgh Pa.
Heart of Variety Fund $10,000 Worcester Pa.
The Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Golf Association $15,000 Philadelphia Pa.
The Therapeutic Center at Fox Chase $4,450 Philadelphia Pa.
Tommy Smith Junior Golf $6,500 Greensburg Pa.
Golf Foundation of Rhode Island $30,000 Providence R.I.
Charleston Junior Golf Foundation $35,000 Mount Pleasant S.C.
Fairway Outreach $7,500 Columbia S.C.
Rapid City Club for Boys, Inc. $3,000 Rapid City S.D.
The First of South Dakota $20,000 Sioux Falls S.D.
Mid-South Junior Golf Association $17,500 Memphis Tenn.
The First Tee of Chattanooga $15,000 Chattanooga Tenn.
W.C. Two $20,000 Knoxville Tenn.
Fort Worth Junior Golf Foundation $11,684 Fort Worth Texas
Houston Golf Association $540 Humble Texas
Piney Woods Youth Golf and Development Foundation $14,000 Longview Texas
Roaring Lambs International Junior Golf Association $44 Fort Worth Texas
San Antonio Golf Association $5,000 San Antonio Texas
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children $10,000 Dallas Texas
Youth Life Skills Fore El Paso Inc. $13,000 El Paso Texas
West Valley City Parks and Recreation - Family Fitness Center $3,000 West Valley City Utah
St. Croix Junior Golf Association $8,000 Christiansted V.I.
Golfers Social Foundation $2,000 Palmyra Va.
National Alliance for Accessible Golf $15,000 Reston Va.
YMCA of South Hampton Roads $15,000 Virginia Beach Va.
Youth Golf at Vista Links, Inc. $10,000 Buena Vista Va.
Monongalia County Society $5,000 Morgantown W.Va.
Ohio Valley Golf Association $10,000 Elm Grove W.Va.
Douglass Youth Golf Club $15,000 Kent Wash.
Special Olympics Washington $5,000 Seattle Wash.
Youth Golf of Columbia Basin $15,000 Kennewick Wash.
Madison Metro Youth Golf Initiative, Inc. $2,500 Madison Wis.