TGA Foundation

Junior Girls’ Travel Fund


Almost all competitive golfers dream of qualifying for a national championship. For a junior, competing in a USGA Championship might open doors for a college scholarship, a professional golf career or a lifetime love of amateur competition.

In 1986, ‘Nez Muhleman established the Junior Girls Travel Fund to ensure that girls from all over the state of Texas who do qualify for the U.S. Junior Girls Championship have the opportunity and resources needed to go play. This fund is solely designed to secure donations and raise funds to pay for the girls’ travel and caddie fees.

The TGA Foundation provides a unique opportunity for those who wish to support individual golfers pursuing high-end competitive opportunities. In order to protect the integrity of amateur golf, the USGA has established strict limits and procedures on financial assistance for expenses related to tournament golf. While this creates a clean line between amateur and professional golf, it also creates challenges for golfers with limited financial resources in their families. The USGA allows Authorized Golf Associations to accept and disburse contributions for tournament-related expenses directly to competitors. The Junior Girls Travel Fund provides a tax-exempt vehicle for donors to support junior girls needing assistance.


This fund was established in 1986 by the late ‘Nez Muhleman of Houston, who served as a USGA volunteer on the U.S. Girls Junior Committee for 31 years as well as volunteering for countless local, collegiate and state-wide competitions.

The Junior Girls Travel Fund Committee was formed in 2011 when Mrs. Muhleman retired from the USGA after receiving its highest volunteer award, the Joe Dey Award. The JGTF Committee is committed to continuing ‘Nez’s efforts and ideals to support all eligible junior girls.

The “Nezzie”

The JGTF is funded through support from individuals, state associations and clubs throughout the state. The JGTF Committee hosts a fundraising golf tournament annually in June. The event, “The Nezzie” is played at Mrs. Muhleman’s longtime club, Riverbend Country Club, and all proceeds are directed to the fund.

Please contact Ellen Earle, Committee Chair, at (281)-265-3696 or [email protected] for inquiries regarding player participation or tournament sponsorship for the 2021 ‘Nez Muhleman Fundraiser Golf Tournament. Please check back to register for the 2021 ‘Nez Muhleman Fundraiser Golf Tournament. If you are interested in donating to this great cause, click HERE or contact Ellen Earle for more information.

*In just a few short weeks, the 34th annual Fundraiser for the Junior Girls Travel Fund was scheduled to be played at Riverbend Country Club. We truly appreciate your patience and continued support as we all have waited and wondered about our world under the strains of the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you to the teams that had signed up to date and just so you know, we held your checks and entries until we had a green flag or a red light for the tournament. We also had commitments from several sponsors should The ‘Nezzie happen! We thank you all for your support and faithfulness to our mission! Today, the USGA officially cancelled the US Girls Junior scheduled for mid-July. There was simply no way to hold the qualifiers at sites in 41 states let alone contemplate hosting the Championship at a military facility. The weeks up until this announcement have seemed incredibly long. We still remained hopeful that things would return to normal by summer. However, based on the current data and conditions, we are sorry to announce that the 2020 ‘Nezzie Fundraiser is cancelled. We appreciate your on-going support. We hope you all are safe and healthy and working on your golf visualization techniques and games, if you’re able! AND, we hope to see you with bells on in 2021 for the next ‘Nezzie!

For those of you who signed up before all of this happened, please email Lecia Alexander at [email protected] and let her know if she should return your check or just tear up the check.

All our best,

The Junior Girls Travel Fund Committee:

Lecia Alexander, Julie Hoopingarner, Cathy Irby, Marty Parrish, Jeanie Peterson, Julie Robichaux, Peggy Spann, Ellen Earle


Click here to view the 2019 JGTF Donors.