Grants & Fellowships Partnerships

The USGA has formed partnerships with several national initiatives to help better serve the game at its grass-roots level. All of these programs share a common philosophy with the Association in terms of growing the game while also teaching valuable life skills.

The First Tee

The First Tee

The First Tee is an initiative of the World Golf Foundation that was officially founded in 1997 as a partnership between the USGA, PGA of America, LPGA, PGA TOUR, and Augusta National Golf Club. The organization was created to increase the number of youth participating in the game, with an emphasis on those who would not otherwise have access, by developing affordable golf learning facilities where kids can learn the game of golf at places where they are welcome to play. In addition to developing junior-friendly facilities, The First Tee has developed a strong life skills component to complement the golf curriculum that incorporates community service and mentoring opportunities. The First Tee programming is implemented at its individual chapters, which are located in 48 states across the country. The USGA is the largest financial supporter of The First Tee network, and has provided a more than $24 million dollars since the program's inception to 174 individual chapters of The First Tee and to the Home Office.

LPGA - USGA Girls Golf

To attract more girls to the game of golf, the USGA entered into a partnership with the LPGA and the Girls Scouts of the USA in 1996 to create the LPGA Girls Golf Club. This program introduced more than 2,500 girls nationwide to the game of golf. In 2002, the USGA continued its support of junior girl golfers by partnering with the LPGA Foundation. The newly restructured program titled LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is aimed at increasing the number and diversity of girls who have the opportunity to learn and play the game of golf in a fun and comfortable environment. Each site is operated on a local level with professional instruction and volunteers. USGA volunteers, state and regional golf associations, and EWGA members provide Rules of Golf education as well as community support. Additionally in 2002, Girls Golf launched its matching grants program as a way to help local sites with expenses incurred for equipment, instruction, and course and range access. As of December 2008, the USGA has awarded more than $1.3 million to support the initiative since its involvement in 1996. At year end 2008, Girls Golf had 187 sites and nearly 6,000 girls participating nationwide. More than 60,000 girls have participated in Girls Golf since its inception.

National Allicance for Accessible Golf

National Alliance for Accessible Golf
The National Alliance for Accessible Golf (the Alliance) is a charitable organization founded in 2001 working to ensure the opportunity for all individuals with disabilities to play the game of golf. The Alliance is a broad-based coalition comprised of individuals with disabilities, representatives from national golf organizations, and specialists in the fields of rehabilitation, medicine, therapeutic recreation and physical therapy.

In an effort to advance golf for individuals with disabilities, the organization has written tool kits for golf course owners and golfers. Through GAIN (Golf: Accessible and Inclusive Networks) and other programs, the Alliance also promotes inclusion and awareness to the golf industry, golf instructors, and the public.

To view the National Alliance for Accessible Golf's Web site, please visit .

National Allicance for Youth Sports

Hook a Kid on Golf- Tee and Green Level Clinic, Challenge Golf Leagues
Hook a Kid on Golf (HAKOG) was founded in 1990 by the National Alliance for Youth Sports (NAYS), in order to give individual communities the tools and resources necessary to start their own junior golf programs. The USGA assisted with the creation of HAKOG with a $90,000 start-up challenge grant, followed by a $45,000 challenge in 1991. After NAYS not only met both challenge grants but exceeded them, it became clear that HAKOG was a well-established program that effectively introduced the game to youth across the country.  The USGA has continued its financial support HAKOG programs, awarding NAYS to date over $973,000 in funding. Hook a Kid on Golf    

At the local level, USGA financial assistance matches the $125 program enrollment fee for up to 10 economically disadvantaged youth in the HAKOG Tee Level Clinics provided that the organization subsidizes participant fees for an equal number of economically disadvantaged youth as they are requesting.  Tee Level Clinics are designed to introduce the game of golf to beginners through a week-long curriculum that focuses on basic instruction and life skills education.  In addition, participants receive a new starter set of golf clubs at the end of programming.  Since 2001, the USGA has awarded over $800,000 for this subsidization, which translates into over 6,400 youths who have been able to participate in the Tee Level Clinic for no fee. This process has effectively doubled the number of economically disadvantaged participants impacted by USGA dollars through HAKOG programs.  Although HAKOG also operates a Start Smart program for beginner golfers ages 5-7 and Green Level Clinics, a six-week program designed to transition beginners onto the golf course, USGA funds only subsidize enrollment into the Tee Level Clinics. Organizations should not come directly to the USGA Foundation for these matching grants but instead contact the NAYS office, who is responsible for distributing the matching funds awarded to them by the USGA. 

The USGA office will accept grant applications for HAKOG Challenge Leagues provided that these programs are also operated for economically disadvantaged youth.  Challenge Leagues are designed as a continued access opportunity for youth who have advanced through the introductory HAKOG Clinics and have demonstrated the ability and desire to play on the golf course.  In 2002, the USGA awarded NAYS $50,000 in matching funds for Challenge Golf Leagues operated through their partnership with the Police Athletic League. 

Special Olympics International
The USGA has provided financial support to Special Olympics since 1992. Additionally, representatives of the USGA have assisted at the Special Olympics national invitational golf tournament, which is played in accordance to the USGA's Rules of Golf. More than 100 Special Olympics athletes compete annually at the Special Olympics National Invitational Tournament. Among Special Olympics sports, golf provides one of the greatest opportunities for these athletes to train and compete with their peers in the community. The public setting of a golf course is a great venue for all athletes to demonstrate their skills and passion for the game. The mission of Special Olympics is to provide year-round sports training and competition to athletes with cognitive or developmental disabilities.

For more information about Special Olympics, please visit .

Golf 20/20

Golf 20/20- Junior Initiative
Golf 20/20 is an industry-wide initiative to develop future interest and lasting involvement in the game of golf. The Junior Initiative is aimed at enhancing communication and organizing resources related to junior golf. In 2001, the USGA launched --- the ultimate junior golf web site, serving kids, parents and program directors. The site hosts a searchable database of junior golf programs registered across the country. offers articles and resources on junior golf. The USGA manages the day-to-day operations of

Partner Links
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The USGA and Chevron have committed to using the game of golf to encourage students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. This commitment has led to the creation of extensive golf-focused STEM teaching tools, and has resulted in charitable contributions to support golf-related programs through Eagles for Education™

At U.S. Open Championships the Chevron STEM ZONE™ is an interactive experience highlighting the science and math behind the game of golf through a variety of hands-on exhibits and experiments.

The partnership has also produced educational materials such as the Science of Golf video series and a nationally-distributed newspaper insert which are provided to teachers as tools to enhance existing curriculum in schools. These lessons teach the science behind the USGA’s equipment testing, handicapping, and agronomy efforts.

For more interactive experiences featuring golf-focused STEM lessons, visit the partnership homepage.

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Rolex has been a longtime supporter of the USGA and salutes the sportsmanship and great traditions unique to the game. This support includes the Rules of Golf where Rolex has partnered with the USGA to ensure golfers understand and appreciate the game.

As the official timekeeper of the USGA and its championships, they also provide clocks throughout host sites for spectator convenience.

For more information on Rolex and their celebration of the game, visit the Rolex and Golf homepage.

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IBM has partnered with the USGA to bring the same technology, expertise, and innovation it provides to businesses all over the world to the USGA and golf's national championship.

IBM provides the information technology to develop and host the U.S. Open’s official website,, as well as the mobile apps and scoring systems for the three U.S. Open championships. These real-time technology solutions provide an enhanced experience for fans following the championship onsite and online.

For more information on IBM and the technology that powers the U.S. Open and businesses worldwide, visit

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Lexus is committed to partnering with the USGA to deliver a best-in-class experience for the world’s best golfers by providing a fleet of courtesy luxury vehicles for all USGA Championships.

At each U.S. Open, Women’s Open and Senior Open, Lexus provides spectators with access to unique experiences ranging from the opportunity to have a picture taken with both the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open trophies to autograph signings with legendary Lexus Golf Ambassadors in the Lexus Performance Drive Pavilion.

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Together, American Express and the USGA have been providing world-class service to golf fans since 2006. By creating interactive U.S. Open experiences both onsite and online, American Express enhances the USGA’s effort to make the game more accessible and enjoyable for fans.

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