DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., April 12, 2021 – The LPGA Foundation, whose mission is to empower, inspire and transform the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf, announced today a three-event LPGA Leadership Academy schedule for 2021.
The schedule will cover the breadth of the United States with two-day academies taking place in Michigan, California and New Jersey. Each LPGA Leadership Academy will host 40 girls aged 13-18.
"The 2021 LPGA Leadership Academy schedule is fully funded by donations from our sponsors, enabling us to offer each two-day academy at no cost to those selected to participate," said Nancy Henderson, president of the LPGA Foundation. "We are committed to empowering, inspiring and transforming the lives of girls and young women through the game of golf, and we are very excited about the impact that the LPGA Leadership Academy has already had on those who have participated in the program."
The LPGA Leadership Academy uses the game of golf as a platform and learning tool to:
- Teach girls how to become better decision-makers
- Overcome and let go of setbacks
- Take calculated risks and embrace opportunities
- Develop skills to accomplish specific goals
- Play their own game and find their own voice
This is the LPGA Leadership Academy schedule for 2021:
June 21-22 – Bucks Run Golf Club in Mt. Pleasant, Mich., presented by the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational
“The Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational is excited to team up with the LPGA to host our second LPGA Leadership Academy in Michigan in 2021. We received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the first group of young women to complete the program in 2019, and the impact the experience had on their self-esteem and confidence in facing life’s challenges,” said Chris Chandler, Executive Director, Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. “We look forward to empowering a whole new class of future female leaders as we bring this opportunity to the Great Lakes Bay Region again this summer.”
Aug. 9-10 – Lake Merced Golf Club in Daly City, Calif., presented by Acer
"It’s an honor to partner with the LPGA to empower the next generation of girls and young women,” said Kim Phipps, Senior Director, Global Marketing & Brand for Acer. “We share the belief that technology, like golf, provides opportunities to dream, learn and grow, and we look forward to a great event.”
Oct. 16-17 – USGA Campus in Liberty Corner, N.J., presented by the USGA
“These young women represent the future of our game, and it is our responsibility to do all we can to connect them with inspiring female role models and mentors who can help them build confidence, grow fundamental business skills and develop lasting friendships,” said Mike Davis, CEO of the USGA. “We warmly welcome them to the USGA campus and look forward to collaborating with the LPGA as we work together to elevate the role women play in golf.”
In addition to attending the Academy, each participant will be eligible to apply for the LPGA Foundation Scholars Program, which includes invitations to an LPGA event, mentoring programs and a $5,000 college scholarship. Details about the LPGA Leadership Academy, the locations and applications for participation can be found on the LPGA Foundation website at https://www.girlsgolf.org/events/leadership-academy
The LPGA Foundation introduced the two-day LPGA Leadership Academy in 2015 to engage teenage girls in golf and provide them with a framework for young women to develop their confidence, communication and leadership skills. With activities on and off the course, attendees discover their unique strengths through group exercises, expert-led discussions, journaling and interactions with female executives.