July is Family golf month, and the week of July 9 is dedicated to young girls. The USGA is launching a public awareness campaing to envourage moms and dads to bring their daughters to the course. This video will be broadcast during the 2012 Women's OPen and can be found on the USGA website.
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"In a recent survey, the National Golf Foundation determined that fewer than 3 percent of all U.S. golfers are junior girls ages 6-17,” said USGA President Glen D. Nager. “More young people need to be introduced to golf if the game is to remain healthy and sustainable for future generations. We believe industry and public support of developmental programs such as LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is essential.”
The goals of the the TV ad are to highlight the fun atmosphere and benefits of the program, as well as to promote their Girls Golf program missions: mpower, enrich, engage, exercise and energize the minds and bodies of the participants. Both the LPGA and the USGA worked together to produce and promote the video.
This year the USGA has launched several programs to get more people to the course, and I think this is great idea. Golf truly is a family sport, and I think it is a great way for dads to be able to spend time with their girls doing something they both can enjoy.
Courses are providing free green fees to you girls accompanied by an adult and willalso offer at least one free instructional clinic during the week. To find a course near you can visit the National Golf Course Owners of America and search for participating courses.
So get out there with the young girls in your family. Let us know if you plan on taking your daughters, granddaughters, or neices to the course with you.