Engaging the next generation of golfers is just as critical to our Section as it is to young people. Participation in not only golf, but also other sports is associated with a wide range of benefits – physical, emotional and cognitive to list just a few. Golf can provide a safe, fun activity for children, while simultaneously teaching them discipline, teamwork and other important life lessons. These benefits can last well into adulthood and can also help develop an appreciation of the game which can create a lifelong interest in golf. The Alabama-NW Florida PGA and our members work hard to deliver exciting and relevant programs to attract new golfers—whether by assisting with program registration fees or access to golf equipment, and by developing new formats to make the game more enticing to beginners.
PGA Jr. League is a game-changing opportunity for boys and girls to learn and play golf. The program brings family and friends together around fun, team golf experiences with expert coaching from PGA and LPGA Professionals. Learn More 〉
A joint initiative founded in 2013 by the Masters Tournament, United States Golf Association and the PGA of America, DCP is a free nationwide junior golf development competition aimed at growing the game by focusing on three fundamental skills employed in golf. Learn More 〉
Everyone who plays the game of golf was invited in to the sport in some form or fashion. The AL – NW FL PGA Junior Tour crosses competition with development opportunities for junior golfers of all backgrounds and is open to all boys and girls ages 10-18. Learn More 〉
According to recent statistics published by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs: PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) affects 31% of Vietnam War veterans, 10% of Gulf War Veterans and 11% of veterans of the war in Afghanistan. There are 3.5 million veterans today living with a service-connected disability. There are currently over 500,000 veterans living in the state of Alabama and more than 800,000 veterans residing in the state of Florida. Additionally, within our Section, there are over 20 Veterans Affairs (VA) locations and hospitals that exist to better the lives of veterans who have suffered for wartime injuries and/or psychological trauma.
Growing the game is essential to the mission of our Section. An important part of this effort is making sure that people of all backgrounds have access to and feel authentically welcome in the game and business of golf. Our goal is to make golf—both the game and the business—as diverse as the United States.
Through our Scholarship Program, new for 2020, we are giving students of all backgrounds and abilities an opportunity to pursue their dreams. The PGA Family Scholarship and Junior Tour Scholarship were established to honor both our PGA Professionals and our Junior Tour Members – past, present and future. Our hope is this Scholarship Program becomes a light for new opportunities, hopes and dreams for students across Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Learn More 〉
In the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, golf has seen boom in participation. On the flip side of this coin, many collegiate and high school golf seasons were cut short – stripping many athletes the opportunity to play the game they love. Established in 2020, the Willow Cup is collegiate and amateur event aimed to give a recognized playing opportunity to a diverse network of players, inspire a new generation of golfers and create awareness and support for the Foundation. Learn More 〉