Northern Texas PGA teams with school golf initiative

A seamless transition from school-based golf education to playing the game at neighboring courses.

That's the vision the Northern Texas Section of the PGA of America and TGA Premier Junior Golf intend to make a reality.

The partnership announced Aug. 30 between TGA – a franchise business that organizes youth golf programs in schools – and the Northern Texas PGA aims to better shepherd juniors and their parents into the sport.

With more than 750 members working at more than 300 facilities, the Northern Texas PGA will align with local TGA programs to develop activities and events that help shift learning from school gyms and playgrounds to courses. For example, the partnership will promote the NTPGA Team Golf initiative that introduces children, ages 7-14, to "fun, social" tournament play through 9-hole, team stroke play competition.

"By reaching the general public through school-based enrichment programs, it makes golf accessible and affordable… and the Northern Texas PGA is a perfect partner to create a pathway for growing the game and creating avid golfers for the future," said Joshua Jacobs, chief executive officer of TGA.

TGA enables franchisees to offer its golf curriculum – which also emphasizes academics, health education and character-building – at schools, childcare facilities and community centers.

Alliances such as this one could bridge the missing link that has undermined the industry's efforts to boost participation.

Mark Harrison, executive director of the Northern Texas PGA, said his group's partnership could "serve as a model for other (PGA) sections to grow the game nationwide."

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