Texas Golf Association, Since 1906
Texas Golf Association, Since 1906

START - TGA Foundation Programs

START - TGA Foundation Programs

The TGA Foundation gives golfers a START in the game.

Bill Penn Grant
Winners' Program

START programs teach golfers the skills needed to begin a life of loving golf.  The TGA Foundation supports youth golf development programs that provide kids of all ages an introduction to golf.  When children learn to play golf, they also learn critical personal and social skills that will serve them for the rest of their lives.  As a youth, getting into to golf also provides an introduction to one of the first ever social networks a child can establish - one that might last a lifetime!  As a child learns to enjoy golf, they gain priceless opportunities to acheive, expand their horizons and enrich their lives.

Bill Penn Grant

The Bill Penn grant was designed to reach out to new generations of golfers by supporting established golf-related community outreach programs.  Eligible programs provide local-level instruction, develop golf skills for juniors and introduce disadvantaged kids to golf.  By making golf more accessible for young people, Bill Penn grant recipients serve the mission of the TGA Foundation by ensuring that the game of golf grows and prospers.

  • 2018 Grant recipients:  Ladies of Golf (Houston), LPGA / USGA Girls Golf Fort Worth / Dallas East
  • 2017 Grant recipients:  First Tee El Paso, First Tee Houston, etc..
The Youth at this location are children that move often, change schools and parents are deployed for long periods of time. Our program teaches the importance of strong character, doing well in school and making the right choices on and off the golf course.  First Tee Greater El Paso, 2017 Bill Penn Grant Recipient
 

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Winners' Program

The Winners Program and Texas Challenge introduce young girls to the game of golf and form a lasting connection between golf and overall achievement.  The programs work to foster excellence on the golf course AND in the classroom.  By supporting the development of golf skills and encouraging academic accomplishments, young girls can connect the game of golf with opportunities for the rest of their lives.

Through the Texas Challenge, girls may also participate in a team competition with team members in different age groups.  This creates a big sister – little sister environment and provides older girls with a chance to serve as mentors and role models as they progress.

The programs were created in 2008 by the Women’s Texas Golf Association.  When the WTGA merged with the TGA in 2014, a restricted fund was established to provide ongoing financial support for initiatives that focus on golf participation among women and girls.  Funding for the Winners Program and Texas Challenge come primarily from this fund.

  • 2018 Grant Recipient (LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Chapters):  Austin, Dallas, Houston, Longview, San Antonio, Waco
Elise Pope knew there was nothing she could love more than golf…Her desire to one day make an impact on the industry led her to Mississippi State’s Professional Golf Management Program… “I really want to focus on junior golf,” she said. “I’d like to teach those who might have a mental, learning or physical handicap and really work with those students of all ages, but then also all juniors.  Elise Pope, 2011-2012 Winners Program & Texas Challenge participant

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