Who We Are
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf (Girls Golf) supports girls by introducing them to the game of golf and the values that are inherent to the game. It provides an opportunity for girls, ages 7 to 17, to learn to play golf, create friendships, and experience competition in a fun, supportive environment, preparing them for a lifetime of enjoyment of the game.
Girls Golf provides a solid foundation for girls who want to play for fun with friends and family, to compete at the high school, college, and/or local, state and national levels or to learn for future career purposes, both inside and outside of the golf industry. The only national initiative of its kind, Girls Golf is administered through a partnership between The Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA) Foundation and the United States Golf Association (USGA), both non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations.
Girls Golf members learn values inherent to the game of golf, such as patience, respect, perseverance and honesty, preparing them to meet the challenges of today’s world with confidence. With over 250 programs across the globe and more than 10,000 members world-wide, LPGA-USGA Girls Golf has emerged as the leading golf program for girls in the country.
Why We’re Different
LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is the only national program of its kind aimed at introducing and keeping girls hooked on the game of golf. Girls Golf offers positive girl-friendly environments equipped to take them from beginner to advanced player with golf instruction led by LPGA and PGA teaching professionals. Local Girls Golf programs also focus on inspiring girls to feel confident, build positive self-esteem and live active and healthy lifestyles by incorporating the “Five E’s of Girls Golf”:
By helping girls learn a new skill that may have seemed impossible at the outset and supporting their interest in this newly acquired skill, we strive to help them build confidence in knowing they can achieve things they never felt possible.
Why “Girl-friendly” Programming?
On average, more than 40 percent of girls drop out of sports by the age of 14 years old. Participating in sports is crucial for helping girls develop positive self-esteem and confidence.
- Research has found that girls reap the biggest rewards when learning in all-girl environments – allowing them to feel more comfortable learning the game in a setting where they are free to be themselves.
- LPGA-USGA Girls Golf has also developed a curriculum that utilizes proven success strategies for attracting and retaining girls in the game of golf by incorporating fun and engaging instruction and social activities both on and off the golf course.
It is our goal that every girl who comes in contact with our program will always feel:
Important, Appreciated, Respected, Supported and Safe…
whether they are with us for a season, a day or even just an hour. It will be an experience that stays with them for life!
What People Are Saying
“I truly value the time that I spent with the LPGA-USGA Girls Golf program. The opportunity to meet other players gave me the drive to become a better golfer. The program made me realize that if I worked hard enough, I could achieve my dream and play collegiate golf. The clinics, mini- tournaments and trips to LPGA tournaments were a blast! I encourage every girl who likes to play golf to join this program. You walk away with great memories and new friends!”
Jamie, Girls Golf Alumnus
“Before joining our local program, my daughter felt very alone and did not want to participate in group activities.Now she not only attends all lessons, but she also goes to practice with her fellow Girls Golf members every day.”
“The game of golf teaches life skills such as time management, dedication and perseverance. One of our former members is a prime example of how participating in this program has taught her all of the aforementioned. She has gone on to college on a golf scholarship, but continues to return as a volunteer. She is a wonderful mentor and role model to our current members.”
Kathy Knadler, Girls Golf of Phoenix Program Director