Affordable Junior Golf Program Expands to 750 Courses in 23 States
(PEBBLE BEACH, CA) – Youth on Course – the non-profit providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – partners with the Maryland State Golf Association (MSGA) to bring affordable junior golf to the Old Line State.
Members ages 6-18 in this territory will be able to join the Youth on Course national network and access golf for $5 or less per round at 750 facilities across 23 states. Having nearly 150 golf courses that stretch across Maryland, MSGA plans to announce the selection of participating courses in the coming weeks.
“Maryland has a great history with golf and its junior programming is formidable and growing,” says Adam Heieck, Youth on Course Executive Director. “We hope to foster that community even further and build lasting relationships between the state’s young golfers.”
Having already finalized affiliations with four other golf associations in 2018 (Golf Association of Philadelphia, Colorado Golf Association, Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, Iowa Golf Association), Youth on Course continues to gain momentum. Operating in every U.S. region, Youth on Course has upwards of 30,000 active members. Since 2006, juniors have completed 650,000 rounds.
“Youth on Course is an ideal partner for our association, as their core purpose aligns with our mission to promote the best interests of the game for all ages” says Bill Smith, MSGA Executive Director. “With this additional offering, juniors in our region will now have access to affordable golf and our member courses will reap the benefits of increased rounds without loss of revenue. Our association has been looking for ways to foster the next generation of golfers, and Youth on Course will help the MSGA achieve this goal.”
In addition to promoting the game through affordable access to golf, more than 200 individuals have benefited from Youth on Course scholarships totaling $1.25 million in financial support. The current college scholarship retention rate is 98 percent, with 53 students already graduated from a four-year university.
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About Youth on Course
The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide juniors with access to life-changing opportunities through golf. Members play hundreds of courses for $5 or less, benefit from employment through the Caddie Academy 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, nearly 650,000 rounds have been played by Youth on Course participants and more than $1.25 million has been raised for college scholarships. Currently, Youth on Course serves Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Utah, Washington, and Wisconsin with the goal of delivering affordable golf in all 50 states by 2021.
About the Maryland State Golf Association (MSGA)
Founded in 1921, the Maryland State Golf Association fulfills its constitutional mandate by promoting the best interests and true spirit of the game of golf as embodied in its ancient and honorable traditions; sponsoring and conducting state tournaments as well as USGA qualifying rounds each year; educating and informing Maryland golfers about changes in the Rules of Golf; fostering respect for the game of golf as well as its Rules; and awarding scholarships. The MSGA provides services to over 150 member clubs and courses as well as over 40,000 individual members. In 2016, the MSGA introduced a grant program to reimburse junior golfers for expenses incurred while participating in tournaments. For more information about the Maryland State Golf Association, visit www.msga.org.