PEBBLE BEACH, California — Youth on Course — the non-profit organization providing rounds of golf for $5 or less, scholarships and caddie programs for youth – has joined forces with the Washington State Golf Association (WSGA) to extend key initiatives in the Pacific Northwest.
Washington joins Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Arizona as states to embrace Youth on Course platforms that provide access to golf for kids ages 6-18. Born in Northern California, YOC has grown to include nearly 15,000 members who have access to unlimited affordable golf.
“We want to have a deeper impact on the junior golf population of Washington, and seeing the success that Youth on Course is having across the western United States, it’s obvious that the program is a game-changer for the industry,” says WSGA CEO/Executive Director Troy Andrew. “Growing the game and diversifying its participants have always been goals of the association, and YOC is a perfect fit for helping us achieve both objectives.”
Through the subsidizing of greens fees, Youth on Course enables juniors to play golf for $5 or less at hundreds of courses, eliminating the financial barrier that might prohibit them from enjoying the game. The organization also provides opportunities for meaningful employment through paid high school internships and caddie positions. Additionally, $282,000 in college scholarships were awarded to 50 deserving members in the past year – part of an ongoing mission to provide educational support.
“We’re excited to partner with the Washington State Golf Association and the thousands of young golfers they serve,” says Youth on Course Executive Director Adam Heieck. “We hope it can be a vehicle for continuing to increase accessibility and affordability throughout the Pacific Northwest.”
For additional information, as well as a full list of Youth on Course partners, visit www.youthoncourse.org, or call 831.625.4653.
Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a non-profit organization serving as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with life changing opportunities through golf. This is achieved through initiatives that include subsidized rounds at partner courses, mentorship opportunities through caddie programs and paid internships, and scholarship grants for qualifying members. Currently, Youth on Course serves California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Northern Nevada, Arizona, and Utah, with plans to expand nationwide.
Founded in 1922, the WSGA is a 501c4 non-profit, amateur golf association governed by men and women volunteers. Serving over 68,000 individual members at more than 550 member golf clubs and 270 golf courses throughout the state of Washington and Northern Idaho, the WSGA works to continually expand the game of golf to people of all backgrounds. For more information, visit www.thewsga.org.