Developing the fundamentals of the game early in an athlete’s experience assists in providing the best opportunity in creating a long-term athlete. As the new golfer learns the fundamental movement skills of the game they also build overall motor skills helping them on and off the golf course. As golf is a game that can be played at every age, an active start includes learning the fundamental movements of the swing and linking them together in play.
Junior golf programs teaching the fundamentals in Southern Ohio:
Drive, Chip and Putt is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on the three fundamental skills employed in golf. DCP is a joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association, and The PGA of America.
By tapping the creative and competitive spirit of girls and boys ages 7-15, Drive, Chip and Putt provides aspiring junior golfers an opportunity to play with their peers in qualifiers around the country. Participants who advance through local, sub-regional and regional qualifying in each age/gender category earn a place in the National Finals, which is conducted at Augusta National Golf Club the Sunday before the Masters Tournament and is broadcast live by Golf Channel.
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PGA Jr. League is a fun, social, and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls, ages 17 & under, to enjoy the game of golf. Like other recreational youth sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with friends. Our Southern Ohio PGA Professionals captain teams in a popular two-person scramble format which reinforces the team concept and creates a nurturing environment for learning the game of golf. More than 800 juniors across the Southern Ohio participate in this entry point to the game.
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First Tee began in 1997 as a partnership among the LPGA, the Masters Tournament, the PGA of America, the PGA TOUR, and the USGA to make golf affordable and accessible for all kids. While introducing the game, instructors also introduced a life skills curriculum that supported the development of values found within the game of golf, including honesty, integrity, perseverance and respect. For over two decades First Tee chapters throughout the nation been committed to helping kids build character strengths and important life skills through the game while providing all kids with access to opportunities for personal growth in a fun and safe environment.
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Youth on Course began in 2006 as a simple solution to the disconnect that golf faced for juniors in Northern California. While youth programs were successfully helping teach juniors the basics of the game, the cost to play prevented those same young golfers from being able to take their skills onto the course. The Northern California Golf Association (NCGA) developed a unique model for local kids to play the game by giving them access to play Poppy Hills Golf Course, home of the NCGA, for just $5.
Today, Youth on Course delivers more than just affordable access for young people to play the game. They are helping to deepen young people’s connection to golf with paid summer work experience through Internship and Caddie programs. Youth on Course has also awarded more than $2 million in scholarships to high school students who have demonstrated financial need and academic excellence, many of whom became the first in their family to attend college.
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