FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2014
Southern California PGA Contact: Breanne Mitchell | (951) 845-4653 | email@example.com
Southern California PGA named 2014 PGA of America Herb Graffis Recipient
Ontario, California – For a record 12th time, the Southern California PGA Section (SCPGA) is the recipient of the Herb Graffis Award for extraordinary and exemplary contributions by a Section to grow the game of golf. Led by Section President Jeff Johnson and PGA Past President Tom Addis III, who serves as Section Executive Director and CEO, the Southern California PGA Section has hosted one of the largest and most successful youth golf programs in the country for six decades. The Section reaches more than 2,500 participants and conducts nearly 300 tournaments annually for players of various ability levels.
The Section’s “Neighborhood Golf” program brings the game to more than 1 million people annually across Southern California, including diverse populations that may not otherwise have been exposed to golf. The new “Golf in Schools” initiative, through a partnership with TGA, has reached six schools during its first year, will bring the game to 50 schools this fall, impacting nearly 1,000 students. To foster player development, the Section conducts numerous other growth-of-the-game programs year-round, such as: Get Golf Ready; PGA Junior League Golf; Drive, Chip & Putt Championship; Play Golf America Days; Play with the Professional; Girls Clinics; Golf Schools; Special Olympics; Adopt-a-Junior and the SCPGA Junior Tour including the popular JDL, Junior Development League.
“Before the beginning of the 20th century, Herb Graffis was destined to realize the importance of sharing enthusiasm for the game of golf. Among his storied list of accomplishments was the publication of a remarkable book which chronicled the history of the PGA of America. The Southern California Section of the PGA of America and its Members are so grateful to be acknowledged for having some future design on his great love and the game we all treasure. This award is, and will always be, the product of remarkable staff members, enthusiastic and single minded professionals and their dedication and commitment to helping people young and old to realize the great gift the game of golf might provide. On behalf of those dedicated colleagues and servants to the game, we say thanks for the light shining brightly on us, while shining on all PGA Golf Professionals that serve this great game while helping it evolve.” – Jeff Johnson, Southern California PGA President
The Southern California PGA will be presented this prestigious award at the 98th PGA Annual Meeting in Indianapolis on November 20th.
ABOUT THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PGA
The PGA of America is the world’s largest working sports organization, comprised of 28,000 men and women golf Professionals who are the recognized experts in growing, teaching and managing the game of golf, while serving millions of people throughout its 41 PGA Sections nationwide. Since its founding in 1916, The PGA of America has enhanced its leadership position by growing the game of golf through its premier spectator events, world-class education and training programs, significant philanthropic outreach initiatives, and award-winning golf promotions.
The Southern California Section was established in 1924, and today is comprised of over 1,700 golf Professionals working at over 500 facilities within the Section. The mission of the Southern California Section (SCPGA) is that Purpose of the PGA of America, to promote the enjoyment and involvement in the game of golf and to contribute to its growth by providing services to golf professionals and the golf industry. The SCPGA provides competitive playing opportunities, educational seminars, and growth of the game initiatives, within a geographic area that stretches from San Luis Obispo to the Tijuana Border, and from the Pacific Ocean to the Nevada and Arizona borders.
The SCPGA created the Southern California PGA Foundation to develop and administer junior golf programs as well as an increasingly wide array of other community services throughout the Section. The Southern California PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates as a public foundation. The SCPGA Foundation is involved in and supports the growth of the game of golf through initiatives such as Play Golf America, Neighborhood Golf, California Alliance for Golf and the University of California at Riverside Turfgrass Research Program, to name a few. For more information, visit scpga.com or follow us on Twitter @scpga.
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