When Sophia Schubert lifted the Robert Cox Trophy after capturing the 117th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship, the Oak Ridge, Tenn., native couldn’t help but think back to a journey in the game that led to her triumphant moment at San Diego Country Club.
Seventeen years earlier, Schubert’s mother, Delisa, had signed her up for the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program.
“My mom originally signed me up as a way to learn the game so I could play with my dad, Bill,” Schubert said. “I started at the Fairways and Greens practice facility in Knoxville,” about a half-hour from the family’s Oak Ridge home.
The USGA is proud to partner with the LPGA Foundation to bring LPGA-USGA Girls Golf, the country’s flagship junior golf program for girls, to 60,000 girls annually. The program, which currently serves members in 47 states, prepares girls for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game, instills confidence and enriches lives. Girls Golf has seen exponential expansion in recent years and the USGA is committed to helping to grow the program and increase girls’ participation in golf across North America.
“LPGA-USGA Girls Golf made the game fun for me and provided competition at a young age,” Schubert said. “Seeing progress in myself kept me wanting to play more. I also remember going to an LPGA event with our group of girls. Watching the women play inspired me to continue and work hard.”
Schubert is an advocate for getting more girls into the game, stressing the impact that the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program had on her life.
“Through different activities and drills I learned golf etiquette and proper swing mechanics, while also teaching me to have respect for this challenging but rewarding game,” she said. “It helped me learn that hard work would take me places that I never thought I could go. I found a desire to keep improving on and off the course.”