USGA Awards $5.1 Million In Grants In 2008, Assisting 230,000 Individuals 

USGA Corporate Partners Assist In The Charitable Efforts 

January 26, 2009
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Far Hills, N.J. - The United States Golf Association announced today that it awarded $5.1 million to support the development of 230 golf programs through its "For the Good of the Game" Grants Initiative during the 2008 calendar year. These funds aided in the effort to open opportunities through the game of golf to more than 230,000 youths and individuals with disabilities. 

The USGA has allocated $63 million over the 12-year existence of this unique initiative, making the game more affordable and accessible to underserved populations. USGA funding helps these programs pay for professional instruction, access to golf courses and practice ranges, equipment, transportation, alternative golf facilities and other essential aspects of the game. 

For the Good of the Game 

For more about specific programs and initiatives supported by the USGA in 2008, click on the links below: 

Midnight Golf 

Helping Our Wounded Warriors 

Golf And Special Olympics 

Florida Adaptive Golf 

Patriot Golf Day 

Relief From Hurricane Ike (HGA) 

"The USGA is very pleased to help support so many young people and individuals with disabilities to play golf and experience the many values inherent in the game," said USGA President James F. Vernon.  "It is inspiring to see hundreds of non-profit organizations around the country utilizing the game to fulfill their missions."

A founding partner of The First Tee, the USGA continues to be the largest financial supporter of the network.  In 2008, the USGA distributed $2.1 million among 86 local chapters and The First Tee Home Office, bringing total USGA support of The First Tee efforts to more than $24 million since 1997.  Of funds awarded to local chapters in 2008, $500,000 was made possible through The Royal Bank of Scotland Group (RBS), a corporate partner of the USGA.

"RBS is a proud supporter of the USGA and even more pleased to be able to support some of the Association's many charitable endeavors," said Stephen Moir, head of community investment for RBS.  "We believe strongly in the value of introducing young people to the game of golf and look forward to continuing our work with the USGA to make it happen in various ways around the country."

Beyond contributions to The First Tee, RBS support continued the development of three USGA direct charitable activities in 2008: 

( LPGA-USGA Girls Golf ), a partnership that provides opportunities in golf to young women, benefited from a $220,000 USGA contribution made possible by RBS. These funds supported the matching grants program that aided in the development of nearly 200 Girls Golf sites nationwide serving more than 50,000 girls.   

( Catch The Spirit ), an event that draws the next generation of young golfers to experience a USGA championship, was presented by RBS at the three Open Championships and reached nearly 19,000 juniors.

( Kids On Course ), an initiative to provide affordable course access for junior golfers in USGA-supported programs, was the benefactor of nearly $23,000 in contributions presented by RBS. These funds subsidized more than 6,300 rounds of golf.

Two other USGA corporate partners, American Express and Lexus, also contributed to the charitable efforts of the Association in 2008.  American Express supported $150,000 in USGA grants in the 2008 Open Championships markets.  American Express also made possible a $100,000 contribution to support the American Junior Golf Association's ACE Grant program. ACE Grants enable young men and women aspiring to earn golf scholarships the opportunity to experience top-flight junior golf opportunities regardless of their financial means. 

Through support from Lexus, the USGA awarded $200,000 to the National Alliance for Youth Sports to help fund various Hook A Kid On Golf programs. These programs, which include instruction on the Rules of Golf, etiquette, and the values of the game, serve as a gateway for juniors to participate in the game and develop as regular participants.

The entire USGA 2008 Annual Report , including a message from President Jim Vernon and the organizational financial summary, can be viewed online.

USGA Grants Initiative: A Capsule History 

The USGA works to make the game of golf affordable and accessible. Since 1997, the USGA Grants Initiative has provided more than $63 million to in excess of 1,000 programs that serve economically-disadvantaged juniors and individuals with disabilities. More than 2.2 million participants have benefited from these programs. Beyond its Grants Initiative, the USGA operates several direct charitable activities and partners with national organizations to promote accessible facility development, affordable course access, opportunities for girls in golf and initiatives for individuals with disabilities.

For more information on the USGA Grants Initiative, contact the USGA Grants and Fellowship Department at (719 471-4810 or visit the Supporting the Game section of the USGA Web site.

About the USGA 

The USGA is the national governing body of golf in the USA and Mexico, a combined territory that includes more than half the world's golfers and golf courses.

The Association's most visible role is played out each season in conducting 13 national championships, including the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open. Ten additional USGA national championships are exclusively for amateurs, and include the U.S. Amateur and the U.S. Women's Amateur.

The USGA also writes the Rules of Golf, conducts equipment testing, provides expert course maintenance consultations, funds research for better turf and a better environment, maintains a Handicap System and administers an ongoing "For the Good of the Game" grants program, which has allocated more than $63 million over 12 years to successful programs that bring the game's values to youths from disadvantaged backgrounds and people with disabilities. For more information about the USGA, visit .

A complete list of the 230 programs (alphabetical by state) receiving funding across the country: 

Grant Recipient  Location  Amount 
Boys and Girls Club of Ozark, Inc. Ozark, Ala. $16,000
The First Tee of Greater Alabama Hoover, Ala. $9,000
Challenge Alaska, Inc. Anchorage, Alaska $4,170
Russian Jack Springs Junior Golf Association Anchorage, Alaska $20,000
Southern Arizona Junior Golf Association Tucson, Ariz. $500
Alma Area Boys and Girls Club, Inc. Alma, Ark. $1,150
Boys & Girls Club of Southwest County Temecula, Calif. $5,000
Central Coast Junior Golf. Summerland, Calif. $20,000
City of Bell Gardens Bell Gardens, Calif. $15,000
Del Rio CC Foundation Modesto, Calif. $12,000
Disabled Sports USA Far West Citrus Heights, Calif. $15,000
East Bay Golf Foundation Concord, Calif. $2,000
Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. $630
Kappa Golf Association Sacramento, Calif. $6,000
Lake Chabot Junior Golf Academy Oakland, Calif. $7,500
Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce Charity Foundation Los Angeles, Calif. $12,000
Northern California Golf Association Foundation Pebble Beach, Calif. $75,000
Oak Run School District Oak Run, Calif. $12,000
Pauma Schools Foundation Pauma Valley, Calif. $55,500
Pin Pals Junior Links San Diego, Calif. $11,000
Pro Kids Golf Academy San Diego, Calif. $75,000
Rosamond Community Services District Rosamond, Calif. $20,000
San Diego County Junior Golf Association San Diego, Calif. $7,500
San Joaquin Junior Golf Foundation Stockton, Calif. $9,000
San Jose Sports Authority San Jose, Calif. $32,500
Siskiyou Family YMCA Yreka, Calif. $2,700
Southern California Golf Association Foundation Studio City, Calif. $10,000
Tiger Woods Foundation, Inc.. Irvine, Calif. $150,000
Valley Junior Golf Association Murrieta, Calif. $20,000
Valley-Wide Recreation & Park District San Jacinto, Calif. $1,000
Colorado Golf Association Greenwood Village, Colo. $175,000
Golf 4 Fun Greenwood Village, Colo. $12,500
Open Fairways Highlands Ranch, Colo. $25,000
Pikes Peak Golf Links Colorado Springs, Colo. $30,000
The First Tee of Denver Denver, Colo. $1,000
The Youth Foundation Edwards, Colo. $40,000
YMCA of Pueblo Pueblo, Colo. $10,000
Cardinal Shehan Center Bridgeport, Conn. $3,000
Urban Youth Golf Program Rockland, Del. $29,000
Girls Scout Council of the Nations Capital Washington, D.C. $15,000
Special Olympics North America Washington, D.C. $35,000
The First Tee of Greater Washington Washington, D.C. $20,000
Champions Junior Golf Tour Sarasota, Fla. $30,000
Chi Chi Rodriguez Youth Foundation Clearwater, Fla. $50,000
Florida Adaptive Golf, Inc. South Trail, Fla. $60,000
LPGA Foundation, Inc. Daytona Beach, Fla. $227,500
Miami Dade County Park & Recreation Department. Miami, Fla. $11,975
National Alliance for Youth Sports West Palm Beach, Fla. $200,000
Smart School Tamarac, Fla. $22,500
The First Tee of St. Johns County Elkton, Fla. $12,000
The Robert Gamez Foundation Celebration, Fla. $32,000
World Golf Foundation - Golf 20/20 Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. $100,000
World Golf Foundatioin - The First Tee Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. $250,000
Albany Junior Golf Development, Inc. Albany, Ga. $30,000
American Junior Golf Association Braselton, Ga. $100,000
Boys & Girls Club of Rome, Inc. Rome, Ga. $1,000
Boys & Girls Club of Southeast Georgia, Inc. Brunswick, Ga. $15,000
Community Foundation Inc. Macon, Ga. $3,540
Decatur County of Georgia Bainbridge, Ga. $1,000
DeKalb County Decatur, Ga. $10,000
East Lake Community Foundation, Inc. Atlanta, Ga. $1,220
Fore! Augusta Foundation, Inc. Augusta, Ga. $14,000
Henry County Parks and Recreation. McDonough, Ga. $6,000
The Larry Nelson - Joe Inman Foundation, Inc. College Park, Ga. $20,000
Walton Foundation Augusta, Ga. $5,260
Women In Golf Foundation, Inc. Ellenwood, Ga. $20,000
North Kohala Community Resource Center Hawi, Hawaii $12,500
Idaho Youth Golf Association, Inc. Boise, Idaho $15,000
Boys & Girls Club of Springfield Springfield, Ill. $12,100
Carbondale Park District Carbondale, Ill. $7,500
City of Rock Island P&R Department Rock Island, Ill. $3,500
Dupage A.M.E. Church Lisle, Ill. $12,000
First Tee of the City of Aurora and Fox River. Aurora, Ill. $17,500
George Bell Youth Opportunity Fund Libertyville, Ill. $5,600
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Lake Forest, Ill. $7,895
Housing Authority of Champaign County Champaign, Ill. $3,400
Joliet Sweet Swingers Golf Club Joliet, Ill. $18,500
Lawrence Hall Youth Services Chicago, Ill. $2,000
New Hope Community Baptist Program Chicago, Ill. $10,000
New Hope Community Services Center Chicago, Ill. $29,500
Patriots' Gateway Community Center Rockford, Ill. $12,000
Proviso-Leyden Council for Community Action Maywood, Ill. $12,000
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Chicago, Ill. $2,500
Revelation Golf Elk Grove Village, Ill. $47,500
Sunshine Through Golf Foundation Lemont, Ill. $17,640
The First Tee of Chicago Foundation Chicago, Ill. $17,500
The Great River First Tee Quincy, Ill. $15,000
Blackford County Community Foundation Hartford City, Ind. $11,200
Boys and Girls Club of Greater Goshen Goshen, Ind. $4,410
Boys and Girls Club of Zionsville Zionsville, Ind. $9,000
Decatur County Family YMCA Greensburg, Ind. $2,400
Indianapolis Junior Golf Foundation, Inc. Indianapolis, Ind. $10,000
Positive Swing Southport, Ind. $30,750
Link Associates Des Moines, Iowa $1,075
Youth Sports Foundation Muscatine, Iowa $2,000
Buddie's Buddies Mission, Kan $5,295
Community Action, Inc. Topeka, Kan. $12,000
Native American Junior Golf Association Lawrence, Kan. $25,000
Youth Golf Coalition Louisville, Ky. $79,000
Owensboro Junior Golf Foundation Owensboro, Ky. $55,000
TFT, Inc. Pineville, Ky. $33,750
Northern Maine Development Commission Caribou, Maine $5,000
City of New Bedford New Bedford, Mass. $1,940
Public Schools of Brookline Brookline, Mass. $25,000
Worcester Public Schools Worcester, Mass. $5,500
Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation Baltimore, Md. $3,430
Children and Adults with ADHD Landover, Md. $6,000
City of Baltimore. Baltimore, Md. $6,250
Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Bethesda, Md. $50,000
Kids Rock Ocean City, Md. $2,500
The First Tee of Howard County, Inc. Columbia, Md. $6,710
The Salvation Army, Baltimore Command Baltimore, Md. $10,000
Capitol Area Golf For Youths Inc. Lansing, Mich. $5,430
Michigan State University East Lansing, Mich. $4,357
Monroe County Special Olympics Monroe, Mich. $3,300
The Midnight Golf Program Detroit, Mich. $46,900
Traverse City Junior Golf Association Traverse City, Mich. $10,000
Courage Center Duluth, Minn. $4,250
Fairway Foundation St. Paul, Minn. $8,335
Hmong Youth Education Services St. Paul, Minn. $2,450
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board Minneapolis, Minn. $8,333
Minnesota Minority Junior Golf Association Minneapolis, Minn. $8,333
National Sports Center Foundation Blaine, Minn. $8,333
Saint Paul Junior Golf Program Shakopee, Minn. $25,833
Three Rivers Park District Plymouth, Minn. $33,333
Meridian Junior Golf Association Meridian, Miss. $25,000
Triple 'A' Youth Foundation St. Louis, Mo. $32,000
Life Skills FORE Montana Youth Billings, Mont. $12,000
Cleveland County Family YMCA Inc Shelby, N.C. $750
Eliada Homes, Inc. Asheville, N.C. $2,000
Junior Golfer Assistance Program Wilmington, N.C. $20,000
Saint Augustine's College Raleigh, N.C. $15,000
The Carol S. Petrea Youth Golf Foundation Shallotte, N.C. $25,000
The First Tee Chapter of the Sandhills Vass, N.C. $15,000
Walter T. Morgan Service Foundation, Inc Cornelius, N.C. $8,630
Impact Foundation Fargo, N.D. $13,000
Southern New Hampshire University Manchester, N.H. $9,000
Bergenfield Public School District Bergenfield, N.J. $16,000
Greater Trenton Junior Golf, Inc. West Trenton, N.J. $27,500
Hoboken Board of Education Hoboken, N.J. $13,380
Jersey Shore Junior Golf, Inc. Ocean, N.J. $27,000
New Jersey After 3 Inc. New Brunswick, N.J. $10,000
The ARC of Atlantic County Egg Harbor Twnshp, N.J. $4,800
Township of Brick, Recreation Department Brick, N.J. $60,000
Township of Pemberton Pemberton, N.J. $10,000
Golf For Kids New Mexico, Inc. Santa Fe, N.M. $30,000
Life Skills Fore Youth of Pecos Valley Roswell, N.M. $34,000
New Choices Las Vegas, N.M. $13,000
San Juan College Foundation Kirtland, N.M. $28,000
Boys and Girls Club of Western Broome Endicott, N.Y. $9,000
City Parks Foundation Corona, N.Y. $27,000
Greene County Golf Course Association Inc. Westerlo, N.Y. $23,000
Henrietta Foundation, Inc. Henrietta, N.Y. $5,000
Metropolitan Golf Association Foundation Elmsford, N.Y. $49,000
Mount Vernon Boys and Girls Club Mount Vernon, N.Y. $12,000
Parks Junior Golf Foundation, Inc.. Rochester, N.Y. $12,000
Research Foundation of State University Stony Brook, N.Y. $22,000
The First Tee of Western New York East Concord, N.Y. $3,000
Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation Lincoln, Neb. $10,000
Lakota Golf Association Rushville, Neb. $2,000
Northern Nevada Youth Golf Foundation Reno, Nev. $20,000
Southern Nevada Junior Golf Association Henderson, Nev. $40,000
Bob Kramer Youth Golf Academy Middletown, Ohio $15,000
Boys and Girls Clubs of Lorain County Oberlin, Ohio $9,000
City of Massillon Parks & Rec. Massillon, Ohio $14,000
Cleveland Metroparks Cleveland, Ohio $14,000
Ebony Ladies Youth Golf Youngstown, Ohio $10,000
Edwin Shaw Hospital Development Foundation Akron, Ohio $14,500
Fore Hope, Inc. Columbus, Ohio $75,000
Hamilton County Park District Cincinnati, Ohio $4,950
Malta-McConnelsville Rotary McConnelsville, Ohio $2,400
Mound Street Military Academy Dayton, Ohio $3,000
Muskingum Family Y, Inc. Zanesville, Ohio $5,150
Northern Ohio Hemophilia Foundation Independence, Ohio $4,000
Ohio Junior Golf Association. Norwalk, Ohio $20,000
The First Tee of Akron Akron, Ohio $10,000
The First Tee of Canton Canton, Ohio $30,000
The First Tee of Cleveland Newburgh Heights, Ohio $25,000
Tony Yates Caring For Kids Foundation Cincinnati, Ohio $10,000
ViaQuest Foundation Dublin, Ohio $26,500
YMCA of Greater Dayton Dayton, Ohio $6,000
The Chickasaw Nation Ada, Okla. $13,500
Westville Public School Westville, Okla. $3,900
Eugene Family YMCA Eugene, Ore. $25,000
Rainbow Youth Golf Education Program Chiloquin, Ore. $1,500
Glen Mills School Golf Course Concordville, Pa. $10,000
Harrisburg Parks Partnership Harrisburg, Pa. $7,500
Heart of Variety Fund Philadelphia, Pa. $15,000
Kids on the Hill Audobon, Pa. $7,000
Orthotic & Prosthetic Assistance Fund Langhorne, Pa. $3,000
The First Tee of Southwest Pennsylvania Beaver Falls, Pa. $12,000
The Greater Philadelphia Scholastic Golf Association Philadelphia, Pa. $145,000
Woodlands Foundation Wexford, Pa. $15,000
Institute for International Sport Kingston, R.I. $31,250
Barrier Islands Educational Foundation. Charleston, S.C. $7,500
National Golf Course Owners Association Charleston, S.C. $25,000
SharedCare Myrtle Beach, S.C. $30,000
City of Chattanooga Parks and Recreation Chattanooga, Tenn. $14,145
Mid-South Junior Golf Association Memphis, Tenn. $75,000
Tennessee Golf Foundation Franklin, Tenn. $16,000
The First Tee of Chattanooga. Chattanooga, Tenn. $130,000
W.C. Two. Knoxville, Tenn. $34,000
Central Texas Players Golf Association Killeen, Texas $12,000
Clarence Clay Junior Golf Foundation Arlington, Texas $25,000
Fort Worth Junior Golf Foundation Fort Worth, Texas $30,000
Grand Prairie Independent School District Tyler, Texas $1,000
Lubbock Boys & Girls Club, Inc. Lubbock, Texas $9,000
Piney Woods Golf Youth and Development Longview, Texas $25,000
Project Still I Rise Dallas, Texas $15,000
Roaring Lambs International Junior Golf Association Dallas, Texas $15,000
Texas Golf Association Foundation Dallas, Texas $30,000
The Greater Brownsville Junior Golf Foundation Brownsville, Texas $31,000
United States Blind Golf Association San Antonio, Texas $6,000
Youth Life Skills Fore El Paso Inc. El Paso, Texas $20,000
Boys & Girls Club of Utah County Provo, Utah $50,000
Salt Lake City Corporation Salt Lake City, Utah $12,000
West Valley City Parks and Recreation West Valley, Utah $7,000
St. Croix Junior Golf Association Christiansed, U.S. Virgin Islands $10,000
City of Charlottesville Charlottesville, Va. $5,000
YMCA of Roanoke Valley, Inc. Roanoke, Va. $12,000
YMCA of South Hampton Roads Virginia Beach, Va. $27,500
Monongalia County Society Morgantown, W.Va. $1,500
Ohio Valley Golf Association Elm Grove, W.Va.. $12,000
Metro Parks Foundation Tacoma, Wash. $2,500
Seattle Junior Golf Foundation Seattle, Wash. $16,000
Learning Through Golf Foundation Green Bay, Wis. $40,000
Madison Junior Golf Foundation, Inc. Madison, Wis. $20,000
Madison Metro Youth Golf Initiative, Inc. Madison, Wis. $4,000
Milwaukee Public Schools Milwaukee, Wis. $5,225
United Community Center, Inc. Milwaukee, Wis. $4,740
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