Alabama Golf Association Raises Nearly $40,000 for Youth on Course

The AGA Staff and Friends Walked and Played 15 Miles of Golf to Support Youth Golf: James Salter, Adam Powell, Stewart Whitt, Spike McRoy, Steve Hudson, Andy Priest, Jeremy Gardner, Will Swift (Left to Right)

HOOVER, AL (Nov. 3, 2021) – On Monday, Nov. 1, 2021, the Alabama Golf Association (AGA) walked and played 100 holes of golf to increase awareness and support for Youth on Course Alabama. The AGA Staff, alongside members Spike McRoy, Stewart Whitt, James Salter, Will Swift, Jimmy Green and Steve Hudson, exceeded fundraising goals to raise nearly $40,000. Every dollar donated goes directly toward supporting Youth on Course Alabama.

The golfers walked 15 miles and played 100 holes at a brisk pace, starting around 8 a.m. and ending at 4 p.m., in effort to advance the game of golf among youth in Alabama.

“Junior golf is near and dear to our hearts, and it’s what we do - setting up the next generation - so it’s very important that we do everything that we possibly can to provide those opportunities to the juniors,” said Andy Priest, the Executive Director of the Alabama Golf Association.

The Alabama Golf Association and Youth on Course (YOC) have partnered to open the door for more than 3,600 golfers in Alabama, ages 6-18, to play rounds of golf for $5 or less at participating facilities. The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide life-changing opportunities through golf.

“It was an incredible feat to participate in our second 100 Hole Hike and almost double the amount of funds raised from last year,” said Jeremy Gardner, the Director of Junior Golf for the Alabama Golf Association.

Now in its 15th year nationally and 2nd year in Alabama, Youth on Course now serves more than 120,000 members and operates in all 50 states and Canada.

A donation of just $100 ensures that 20 youth golfers will get the chance to play a round of golf. For participating facilities in Alabama, the AGA recognizes that the $5 fee may not adequately cover the expense of the round so each course is subsidized at a negotiated rate for the remainder of the green fee.  

To make a difference today and support youth golf within the state of Alabama, please visit: https://www.100holehike.org/yocalabama

To learn more about Youth on Course Alabama, please visit: https://www.alabamagolf.org/youthoncourse

About Youth on Course 

The core purpose of Youth on Course is to provide youth with access to life-changing opportunities through golf, with the goal of helping young people grow and succeed both on and off the course by providing opportunities to play, learn, grow and build relationships through affordable, inclusive access to play. Members play thousands of courses for $5 or less, benefit from career opportunities through the caddie and internship program and receive college scholarships. Headquartered in Pebble Beach, Youth on Course is a 501(c)3 organization that began as the charitable arm of the Northern California Golf Association. Since 2006, more than one million rounds have been played by Youth on Course members and nearly $2 million has been awarded to college scholarships. Youth on Course serves all 50 states within the United States and parts of Canada.

An important purpose of the Alabama Golf Association is to grow the game.  The AGA and the Youth on Course Alabama Board of Directors are committed to getting youth golfing at an affordable rate across the State of Alabama. For the participating facilities in Alabama, the AGA recognize that the $5 fee may not adequately cover the expense of the round so each course is subsidized a negotiated rate by the Alabama Golf Association for the remainder of the green fee. 

About the Alabama Golf Association (AGA)

The Alabama Golf Association is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit educational organization founded in 1915 whose mission is to serve and promote amateur golf in Alabama. AGA membership consists of over 117 member clubs represented by over 22,000 individuals. The activities and services of the Alabama Golf Association are governed by a Board of Directors consisting of Alabama golfers who wish to serve the game and the association through service.

AGA is the USGA's liaison for golf in Alabama conducting national championship qualifying, administering the USGA Handicap system including the GHIN Handicap service, course & slope rating and education. The AGA annually conducts 23 championships and team match competitions for men, women, juniors, and seniors. The AGA also conducts Alabama high school golf championships and assists with many collegiate events including the SEC Men's Golf Championship. In addition to competitions, the AGA administers the AGA Women's Scholarship Fund that is dedicated to assisting young female golfers in higher education and supports the Alabama Turfgrass Research Foundation.

Since 1980, the AGA has managed the affairs of the Southern Golf Association which includes conducting the Southern Amateur Championship and Southern Junior Championship, in conjunction with the Board of Directors of the Southern Golf Association.

For more information about the Alabama Golf Association, visit www.alabamagolf.org.

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