Youth on Course — the non-profit providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, caddie programs and paid internships – announced a partnership with the Golf Association of Philadelphia (GAP) to bring affordable junior golf to the oldest regional golf association in the United States.
Members ages 6-18 in this territory will be able to join the Youth on Course national network and access unlimited golf for $5 or less per round at 700 facilities across 23 states. Having more than 200 golf courses that stretch across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, the GAP plans to announce the selection of participating courses in early 2018.
“Golf Association of Philadelphia has always prioritized growing golf through financial accessibility,” says Adam Heieck, Youth on Course Executive Director. “We’re thrilled to help them build upon that mantra and develop relationships with young people who might not have otherwise entered the sport.”
Having already partnered with four other golf associations in 2018 (Colorado Golf Association, Greater Cincinnati Golf Association, Iowa Golf Association, Maryland State 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 they align perfectly with our mission to preserve, protect and promote the game of golf,” says Mark Peterson, GAP Executive Director. “With this additional offering, the GAP now has a proven model of providing junior golfers with affordable access to area courses. This program will help allow junior golf participation to rapidly expand across the GAP.”
In addition to promoting the game through affordable access to golf, nearly 200 individuals have benefited from Youth on Course scholarships totaling $1.2 million in financial support. The current college scholarship retention rate is 98 percent, with 46 students already graduated from a four-year university.
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About Youth on Course: Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a non-profit organization serving as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. Its core purpose is to provide youth with access to 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. Since 2006, nearly 500,000 rounds have been played by Youth on Course participants and more than $2 million has been raised for college scholarships. Currently, Youth on Course serves California, Ohio, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, New Mexico, Kentucky, Texas, Minnesota, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Michigan with plans to expand nationwide.