Catch the Spirit

Catch the Spirit began in 1991 as an effort to attract more youth and families to the game of golf and USGA Championships. The goal of the program is to provide exposure to the game - its rich history, heroes and lessons - to a new generation of golfers. Several unique components of the program allow juniors to learn about the game of golf and enjoy its traditions through special events and educational opportunities at USGA Championships. The program strives to make these experiences educational, interactive, and fun in order to ensure the game's traditions and spirit are passed on to each junior spectator.

As part of the Catch the Spirit program during the U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open, juniors ages 17 and under receive complimentary admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult. Typically, a junior-friendly tent is open for the duration of these championships where kids receive USGA publications, a complimentary lunch voucher and a Catch the Spirit cap among other items. Additionally, juniors have the opportunity to participate in an array of activities, including course tours, scavenger hunts, and practice swing stations. At the U.S. Open, and a handful of Amateur Championships each year, participants and chaperones from USGA-supported programs and other social service agencies are invited to attend a Catch the Spirit Junior Day. Typically, the day consists of course tours, exhibitions by trick-shot artists, a golf clinic, and presentations by USGA staff.

Catch the Spirit is supported by the Regional Affairs Committee, the Regional Directors, and the Grants and Fellowship Department. In 2008, a record-setting 19,000 juniors participated in Catch the Spirit events during the championship season.

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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.

For more information on Lexus, visit

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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.

For more information on American Express visit

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