How and why was Georgia PGA Foundation created?
The Georgia PGA acquired ownership of the Georgia Junior Golf Foundation in the late summer of 2011, and re-branded the organization the Georgia PGA Foundation as a vehicle to grow the game. The Foundation was introduced to the membership at our Spring 2012 meeting.
What programs do we deliver through the Foundation?
1. The Georgia PGA Junior Tour
Our goal is to provide junior golfers throughout our state an opportunity to experience competitive golf. Each year we offer an outstanding list of venues for our junior players to experience. The Tour teaches the values of sportsmanship, honesty, self-discipline, integrity and a competitive spirit. By encouraging the involvement of young people, the Tour serves to grow the game.
2. Interactive Etiquette and Rules of Golf Schools
Interactive Etiquette and Rules of Golf Schools are delivered through PowerPoint presentations and video programming by Georgia PGA Professional and Foundation volunteers throughout the state. The program is offered to middle school and high school students and serves to elevate their knowledge of the game. All participants receive a copy of “The Rules of Golf.”
3. J. Smith Lanier & Company Charity Classic supporting the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
For more than 20 years, our section professionals have participated annually in the J. Smith Lanier & Co. Brain Tumor for Children Charity Classic in support of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. The proceeds go toward brain tumor research and golf therapy programs for the affected children.
4. Drive, Chip and Putt
This free youth golf development initiative is open to boys and girls, ages seven to 15, from all 50 states who compete in separate divisions and four age categories. Top performers at the local level advance through sub-regional and regional qualifiers. The top 80 performers – 40 boys and 40 girls – earn an invitation to the National Finals at Augusta National Golf Club.
5. National Charities, Endowments and Scholarships
During the past few years, The American Cancer Society, Folds of Honor, Autism Speaks and other charitable organizations have received support from the Georgia PGA. Working together with these organizations, we deliver the game through tournaments, clinics, and promotions. Scholarships for participation in junior events are awarded to deserving junior players. The Georgia PGA and our partners are changing lives, making a difference, and growing the game and the Georgia PGA brand.
How do we currently generate funding for our initiatives?
1. Georgia License Tag Program
Using our personalized Georgia PGA Golf Tag delivers revenue annually to the Foundation.
2. Birdies for Love
Since 2012, the McGladrey Classic and the Georgia PGA have teamed up with the Davis Love Foundation through the Birdies Fore Love initiative. Birdies Fore Love, presented by Nalley Buick-GMC, is a fun way to bring new donors to our Foundation. Donors pledge dollars for every birdie made at The McGladrey Classic; their donations go directly to the Georgia PGA Foundation.
3. Foundation Golf Tournaments
PGA Professionals host events at their facilities to support the Foundation. Can you?
4. The Georgia PGA Section Gala
Our section’s premier social function and auction bring charitable organizations, partners, golf associations and PGA members together to create awareness and deliver the funding needed to expand our reach.
5. Private Donations
The generosity of our friends in Georgia is greatly appreciated. These private donations and corporation gifts encourage and allow us to create initiatives that help us serve our communities and grow the game.
Who benefits from the Georgia PGA Foundation?
PGA members believe the act of sharing is extremely powerful, whether it involves your time, talent or a financial contribution. Giving back provides benefits exponentially. Collaborating on programs with charitable partners and other organizations affords us new opportunities to expand the game of golf. Initiatives with our corporate partners who benefit from our ability to deliver the game permit us to build our brand and increase our section revenues, allowing us to expand our member programming, including education, employment and golf events. The growth of the game is our mission, but the willingness to share the values of the game with others is a business practice we as golf professionals can all share and embrace.
Let’s share our time and talent in support of our beloved game! To learn more about how you can get involved in this important initiative, please contact Brian Albertson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring Meeting 2015