FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
May 8, 2019
Youth on Course Opens Registration for 2019 Hundred Hole Hike
Top Fundraisers Rewarded with Dream Golf Getaways
(PEBBLE BEACH, Calif.) – Youth on Course – the non-profit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – announces open registration for the fourth annual Hundred Hole Hike.
Participants nationwide will be challenged to complete more than five rounds of golf in one day and secure donations aimed at increasing affordability and accessibility for youth interested in the game. This year’s event rewards top performers with dream getaways, including stay-and-play packages at Pinehurst Resort & Country Club and Pebble Beach Golf Links.
“The Hundred Hole Hike is a remarkably challenging event that brings together golfers from around the country to work toward a common goal to help youth,” says Jeff Clark, Youth on Course Chief Development Officer. “The Hikers are accomplishing a major feat for themselves and raising money to create access to the game for youth.”
Golf associations from the Carolinas, Colorado, Iowa, Philadelphia and South Dakota will join Northern California, Georgia, Minnesota and Utah who were involved last year. With nine AGA’s already committed to hosting a group of hikers locally, 100% of contributions will be used to provide $5 or less green fees for more than 50,000 youth across 29 states and Canada.
The national Hike date is set for September 30th with statewide hikes differing over the summer to accommodate course availability. Take the challenge and register today. Those unable to join the hike may still pledge any amount and support a team of your choice here:
The Hundred Hole Hike evolved from a 2012 event created by Jim Colton and has experienced exponential year-over-year growth since its implementation by YOC in 2016. The 2018 Hike attracted 61 golfers from seven states and fundraised $297,505. This represents a 325% increase from 2017, with 24 golfers from three states collecting $91,506. Its inaugural year drew six golfers and raised $15,000.
Operating in every U.S. region, Youth on Course has more than 50,000 active members. Since 2006, juniors have played more than 10 million holes and 795,000 rounds while the organization has helped generate more than $5.2 million in tee-time revenue reimbursed back to individual golf courses. In addition to subsidized rounds, Youth on Course also facilitates paid internships, a caddie program and nationwide scholarships. They have awarded 223 students with college scholarships totaling more than $1.4 million in financial support. The current Youth on Course scholarship retention rate is ninety-four percent, with 80 students already graduated.
More information: 831.625.4653.
About Youth on Course
The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. Members play hundreds of courses for $5 or less, benefit from employment 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 765,000 rounds have been played by Youth on Course members and more than $1.4 million has been raised for college scholarships. In the United States Youth on Course serves Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin with the goal of delivering affordable golf in all 50 states by 2021. The program has expanded to Alberta, Canada with plans on servicing every province by 2022.