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TOUR Academy Awards Scholarships and Donations

April 18, 2011

By PGA TOUR Staff

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla.—The TOUR Academy is ready for a record number of junior golfers this summer. The Academy recently announced its annual junior golf development donation for summer 2011. The total donation is in excess of $10,000. 


The awards have been granted to several non-profits across the nation for local distribution within various cities and include both scholarships and cash donations. The recipients include the Northern California Golf Association, the Southern California Golf Association, The First Tee of San Francisco, the Junior Golf Association of Arizona, the Kentucky Junior Golf Association, and former NFL star Kurt Warner’s First Things First Organization. Scholarship awardees are eligible to attend one of the nearly 200 TOUR Academy junior golf camp programs being offered nationwide this summer.


“We are thrilled to be able to award as many camp programs as we have this year. In that junior golf is truly a bright spot in the golf industry, we are pleased to be able to support and cultivate so many juniors in terms of their golf goals and aspirations,” said John Fechter, president of the TOUR Academy.


TOUR Academy summer camp programs begin in June and run through August. Camp options include overnight, full-day, half-day and elite-player programs and are open to juniors ages 7 to 18 and all ability levels.


Camps will be held in highly desirable golf destinations including Florida, Arizona, New Jersey, California, Colorado and Texas.  Additionally, the camps will be held at some of the most recognized and celebrated golf courses in the country including; TPC Sawgrass, home of THE PLAYERS Championship; TPC Scottsdale outside Phoenix and home of the Waste Management Phoenix Open; and TPC Harding Park, located in San Francisco, site of the 2010 and 2011 Charles Schwab Cup Championship and 2010 Presidents Cup.


Camp curriculum includes the full-swing mechanics, short game and strategies pertaining to the mental aspects of the game. Additionally, camp curriculum will include review of golf jargon, golf etiquette and overall sportsmanship.


“In addition to the on-course game instruction, we also focus our curriculum around how to play the game with integrity, how to maintain a certain level of sportsmanship and etiquette, as well as other life skills that can be applied to situations which arise both on and off the course,” Fechter said. “So in addition to developing great junior golfers, we also look to develop junior golfers who serve as exceptional junior ambassadors to the game.”


The number of TOUR Academy elite-player programs has also been increased.  These programs, which will be held at select locations, are designed to develop and train junior golfers who have a handicap of 10 or below and who are
interested in pursuing a collegiate golf career.


Each camp will be taught by a member of the TOUR Academy staff, comprised of instructors recognized for their work in the golf industry. 


“In that we have one of the finest instructor teams in the game, parents can be assured that his or her junior golfer will receive best-in-class training,” Fechter said. “This combined with our outstanding locations and robust program offering, we really view the TOUR Academy as becoming a true leader in the junior golf instruction space.”

 

 

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