LPGA-USGA Girls Golf February 14, 2015

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf provides an opportunity for girls, ages 7 to 17, to play the game of golf in a fun and supportive environment.  The program currently serves more than 6,000 girls at some 200 sites across the country.  Since its inception, the program has reached more than 60,000 girls nationwide as it continues its objective of increasing the number and diversity of young women involved in the game.

The USGA has supported the program since 1996 and has dedicated more than $1.4 million to assist in the development of new and established sites nationwide. 

While developing successful competitive golfers is not the purpose of the program, the playing achievements of Girls Golf alumnae demonstrate its success in introducing the game of golf to young women.  In 2009, 59 Girls Golf alumnae participated in USGA national championships, from the U.S. Girls’ Junior to the U.S. Women’s Open. Girls Golf alumnae Morgan Pressel became the youngest player to win an LPGA major when she won the 2007 Kraft Nabisco Championship.  Also, Amanda Blumenhurst, a past participant of the original Girls Golf site in Phoenix, won the 2008 U.S. Women’s Amateur.  Another alumnae, Brittany Lincicome, captured a major by winning the 2009 Kraft Nabisco Championship. 

A number of LPGA players have supported the program.  Most notably, Inbee Park donated $50,000 of her 2008 U.S. Women’s Open prize money to Girls Golf to help provide golf equipment for girls with financial need.  The PGA of America, PGA TOUR, and Executive Women’s Golf Association also provide significant support to LPGA-USGA Girls Golf.

For more information on Girls Golf, please visit the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf Web site.