The LPGA’s mission is to be a recognized worldwide leader in sport by providing women professionals the opportunity to pursue their dreams in the game of golf. But the organization does so much more. The LPGA provides the opportunity for ALL women and girls to follow their passion – professionals, amateurs and most importantly, the next generation.
At the 2022 edition of the LPGA #DriveOn Championship, a group of LPGA*USGA Girls Golf members had a front row seat to see their heroes in action. On Friday, a few Girls Golf members were treated to a junior reporter experience, which included an interview with LPGA Commissioner Mollie Marcoux Samaan.
They also walked inside the ropes with Girls Golf alumnae and 2022 LPGA Tour rookies Sophia Schubert and Amanda Doherty.
Saturday, the final round of the event, featured a Girls Golf experience for 40 members from across Florida, including Central Florida, Miami, and Fort Myers, along with Fore Life Inc., an organization of junior golfers from Miami. The girls got to enjoy a full day of behind-the-scenes access, inside the ropes, and up-close experiences with their favorite LPGA Tour players.
As players came off the course, they were greeted to a line of smiling Girls Golf members waiting for autographs and photos. Several players took to social media to share what this meant to them.
“Nothing better than walking outside of scoring and a bunch of Girls Golf girls waiting with their flag ready to be signed.” – Isi Gabsa
“Coming off the course to see all of these Girls Golf fans makes everything worthwhile. Hopefully we’ll be seeing some of them on Tour in the future!” – Gemma Dryburgh
“A lot of kids came to support us over the weekend! Handmade cheer flag. I was so happy.” – Nasa Hataoka
The Girls Golf experience at the LPGA #DriveOn Championship culminated in VIP access to the trophy ceremony and a chance to meet the latest Rolex first-time winner, Leona Maguire. The girls and their parents were starstruck, admiring how incredible all the LPGA Tour players were for taking the time to inspire golf’s future stars.
As we carry the Drive On spirit through the rest of the 2022 season and beyond, one thing is certain: the future of the game is bright.
Celebrating its 32nd year, LPGA*USGA Girls Golf is the only national program of its kind that specializes in providing a girl-friendly environment for juniors to learn and play the game of golf. With over 500 sites and 90,000 girls engaged in 2021, the LPGA is on a mission to engage over 100,000 girls through Girls Golf by 2022, continuing the movement to change the face of golf. Learn more at www.girlsgolf.org