LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, Chevron Teach Kids Golf Through Science

September 4, 2014

During the two-day LPGA-USGA Girls Golf STEM Academy, participants learned the scientific principles behind the game while also receiving instruction from LPGA professionals. (USGA/Michael Hadlow)

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf partnered with Chevron to host a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Academy at TPC of Harding Park in San Francisco. The academy, which took place Aug. 11-12, gave 75 girls from the San Francisco Bay Area the opportunity to receive instruction from LPGA teaching professionals and discover the important role that STEM plays in the game.

The STEM ZONE, a hands-on experience that fans have been able to enjoy at the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open and U.S. Senior Open since 2012, was also available during the academy. John Spitzer, the managing director of equipment standards for the USGA, gave a presentation on how radar can be used to track a golf shot.

“It is very rewarding to work with young people and share new experiences with them,” said Spitzer, who has worked at the USGA since 1997 and has headed up its Research and Test Center since 2013. “Hopefully, their time at the Girls Golf Academy will enhance their enthusiasm for the game of golf and their curiosity about the science involved.”

Another objective of the free two-day academy was teaching aspiring golfers the nuances of the game. LPGA professional Debbie Koyama, who earned low-amateur honors in the 1993 U.S. Women’s Open, was among those who provided instruction.

“The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf STEM Academy brings girls with different backgrounds together from various parts of the country and provides them with a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience, along with memories that they will cherish forever,” said Kiernan Schindler of LPGA-USGA Girls Golf. “The STEM Academy is truly one of our pinnacle events and a shining example of what LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is all about. The fun, girl-friendly environment not only focuses on camaraderie, but also allows girls to invest in their own personal growth both on and off the golf course. “ 

LPGA-USGA Girls Golf introduces the game to girls throughout the year at sites around the country with Girls Golf Days. A full schedule can be found here

Since 2012, the USGA and Chevron have provided more than $1.2 million in charitable support for golf education programs, including the development of a STEM scholarship program that will help 20 incoming college freshmen achieve their dream of a career in STEM disciplines. In addition to their charitable efforts, the partners have collaborated with NBC Learn and other educational partners to develop a library of content, including videos, tool kits and interactive modules, designed for use in classrooms and junior golf programs. To learn more about the partnership’s efforts, visit www.usga.org/chevron.

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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, www.usopen.com, 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 http://www.usopen.com/IBM

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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 http://www.lexus.com/

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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 www.americanexpress.com/entertainment

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