(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) – Youth on Course — the non-profit organization dedicated to opening doors, supporting dreams and transforming the lives of young people through opportunities on and off the golf course – has partnered with the Louisiana Golf Association (LGA) to deliver affordable and accessible golf and personal growth opportunities to the young people across Louisiana.
Committed to making the game more appealing, inclusive and accessible to nurture the next generation of lifelong players and lovers of the game, Youth on Course members may play rounds of golf for $5 or less at more than 1,400 participating courses across 40 states and Canada. Members also benefit from career opportunities through a caddie and internship program in various regions and nationwide college scholarships. Beginning January 15, 2021 juniors in Louisiana ages 6-18 can sign up for a Youth on Course membership at www.youthoncourse.org/join.
“Golf has seen a significant surge across the country this year and we’re continuing to expand our reach to give young people new opportunities through the game as shown with this new partnership,” says Michael Lowe, vice president of programs for Youth on Course. “The LGA is committed to growing the game and our partnership will help open the doors to juniors who may not have had access to the game of golf otherwise.”
“The program provides opportunities for junior golfers to deepen their love for the game and, in doing so, creates lifelong golfers,” says Logan Ray, LGA Executive Director. “Youth on Course has proven its ability to positively affect lives and we are eager to introduce it in Louisiana. This initiative aligns with our mission to promote junior golf in Louisiana and to do so in an affordable manner, for the health of the game.”
Courses across the state of Louisiana will now have the opportunity to join Youth on Course’s efforts in providing affordable access to golf by signing on as a participating YOC facility. Participating courses offer rates of $5 or less at designated times for Youth on Course members and receive subsidies for each round played. Courses interested in signing on can complete an online interest form here: https://youthoncourse.org/courses/course-interest-form/
Born out of the Northern California Golf Association in 2006, more than 100,000 members have played more than one million rounds of golf. Fueling the golf industry, Youth on Course subsidizes rounds for members and puts money back into allied golf associations and individual courses. The organization’s structure helps golf courses fill typically unused tee times and garner additional revenue with more than 40% of members playing with paying adults. The amount reimbursed back to participating courses has almost doubled in the past year, reaching close to $2.8 million this year alone and totaling nearly $8 million dating back to 2005.
More information: 831.625.4653.
About Youth on Course
The core purpose of Youth on Course is to help young people grow and succeed both on and off the course by providing opportunities to play, learn, grow, and build relationships through affordable, inclusive access to play. More than 100,000 members play thousands of courses for $5 or less, benefit from career opportunities through the caddie and internship program and receive college scholarships. Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a 501(c)3 organization that began as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. Since 2006, more than one million rounds have been played by Youth on Course members and nearly $2 million has been awarded in college scholarships. Across North America, Youth on Course serves Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and parts of Canada.
About Louisiana Golf Association
Founded in 1920, the Louisiana Golf Association is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to advancing golf in Louisiana. The LGA’s mission is to foster the enhancement and expansion of amateur golf through the development of member and information services, the promotion of opportunities for all who want to play, and the protection of the game’s integrity and valued traditions. The LGA is licensed by the United States Golf Association as the “Allied Golf Association” of record for the state of Louisiana and is comprised of approximately 90 Member Clubs and 14,000 individual members.