RIVERSIDE, CA – With a handful of sets left to distribute this season, six lucky students from Norte Vista High School were stunned to discover that their Head Coach, Bonnie Mitchell coordinated the delivery of brand new Wilson Golf clubs as part of the ClubsForeYouth program. On a day with powerful Santa Ana winds howling across campus, the six members of the girls golf team were elated to discover that the Southern California PGA Foundation arrived to deliverer the new Wilson Golf clubs. Since July of 2017, the ClubsForeYouth initiative has now donated 146 sets across two dozen high schools in the Southern California area. Head Coach Bonnie Mitchell told us, “This team is five years in the making and this donation makes us feel really supported. It’s nice to see the girls getting brand new clubs, and it’s surly going to inspire many other girls to get into the game of golf.” Below you can find the energetic responses for the six lucky Norte Vista students.
Lyla Manumaleuna – “I am extremely appreciative and blessed to be granted this wonderful opportunity. I have never actually had my own set before and now I can strive to get to the next level, which is competing in collegiate golf.”
Kalysta Cupell – “I feel so happy and blessed that I’ve been awarded this opportunity from the SCPGA. I can’t wait to take them out of school hours and use them everywhere! My family is big into golf and now I just can’t wait to get out on the weekends to play with these Wilson Golf clubs!”
Lilly Duron – “I’m feeling the same emotions as all the girls on my team today, I am very grateful and happy for this opportunity. Now that I have my own brand new set, I look forward to using them all the time. I’m striving to play college golf after high school and I now I cant wait to try out my favorite club, which is the driver!”
Carissa Erices – “I’m so happy to be surprised today, and now I cant wait to get out on the course to try them out! I will be practicing well beyond the season now, which will do wonders to improve my game in the offseason. I’m striving to compete in college, so this is huge for me.”
Lesley Galvan – “Overall, I’m just so happy and grateful for this amazing program. Like most girls on my team, I’ve never had my own set of clubs. I look forward to getting to practice outside of school and on the weekends. Ultimately, I want to play competitive golf, and now I will have no excuses to develop my skills to get me there.”
Michelle Dang – “I feel so grateful to the SCPGA for supplying our team with this chance to excel on the golf course. It’s a huge surprise today to receive these new clubs because I’ve never owned any of my own before.”
Upon the conclusion of the donation ceremony, Head Coach Bonnie Mitchell said, “Thank you so much to everyone involved in making this program a reality, namely the LA84 Foundation and Friends of Golf. It’s getting the message out that girls need to have exposure to golf and we’re glad that organizations notice this because it is a tough game to get into in this area, because these girls have never been exposed to the game before.” This is an essential pillar of the ClubsForeYouth program, the notion of instilling the game of golf into the minds of young women who wouldn’t have had the resources to experience recreational opportunities like this. Assistant coach, Vanessa Segura told us, “I am so elated that these girls are going to have their own clubs, theres nothing like owing your own pair of clubs. I am really happy for them and I know that this will take their game to the next level. We only have one senior on the team this season so this group of girls will continue to grow and develop their skill for many years to come.”
The ClubsForeYouth program is experiencing a wonderful introductory year, having now officially delivered 146 sets to girls in need across two dozen schools. The SCPGA Foundation is aiming to grow this program in the coming years, and it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the LA84 Foundation and the Friends of Golf. In addition, we ask that members of the community share this message, and support this cause by visiting the link provided below to learn more about the program.