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Mission Statement

The Southern California PGA Foundation’s mission is to provide all those who might benefit, especially youth, with opportunities to acquire sustainable life skills and values obtained through the game of golf. The Southern California PGA Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization and operates as a public foundation. The Foundation is involved in and supports the growth of the game of golf through initiatives such as ClubsForeYouth®, Neighborhood Golf, PGA Junior League Golf, SCPGA/TGA Golf Enrichment, Drive, Chip & Putt, Special Olympics, SCGA Junior, CIF, PGA HOPE and California Alliance for Golf, to name a few.

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The Southern California PGA Foundation’s Grants and Scholarships Program is tailored toward at-risk and underprivileged youth in the Southern California community. The SCPGA Foundation’s sole focus is to assist those in need through a variety of options focused on the game of golf. The life skills associated with the game are unmatched and the SCPGA Foundation views each activity and event as key contributions to a junior’s overall mental, physical, and social development. Click below to learn more information on our Grants & Scholarships.

SCPGA Foundation Grant Application
SCPGA Foundation Scholarship Information (Word Doc)
SCPGA Foundation Scholarship Information (PDF)
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Programs

PGA Jr. League Golf

PGA Junior League Golf is a fun, social and inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and under to learn and enjoy the game of golf. Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.

Each team is captained by a PGA or LPGA Professional, who serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. PGA Junior League Golf utilizes a popular scramble format that creates a nurturing environment for learning and development – both on and off course.

With more than 2,900 teams and 36,000 participants in 2016 – and Ambassadors like Rory McIlroy and Michelle Wie – PGA Junior League Golf has wide-ranging appeal for both youth and their parents

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Drive, Chip and Putt

The Drive, Chip, and Putt Championship (DCP) is the ever-popular youth golf initiative re-created in 2013 by the PGA of America, The United States Golf Association, and the August National Golf Club. Designed to increase participation and interest in the game of golf, junior golfers from all over the United States compete in a series of qualifiers located in all 50 states. Each competitor is competing for a chance to reach the National Championship, hosted at Augusta National Golf Club the week before the Masters Tournament.

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PGA Southern California and TGA

The SCPGA/TGA Golf Enrichment Program is an innovative and highly popular after school program that brings hands on, introductory golf experiences to juniors throughout Southern California. Our efforts emphasize lower income communities and school districts, SCPGA/TGA Golf Enrichment Program’s education, fitness and life skills training often have the most profound effect on kids and families. All of SCPGA/TGA Golf Enrichment Program’s instruction and programming are provided by PGA Members, Apprentices and other golf industry professionals. The SCPGA/TGA Golf Enrichment Program emphasizes relatable, interdisciplinary instruction that reinforces classroom learning in vital subjects, including Math, Science, and English.

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Neighbourhood Golf

Neighborhood Golf is a cornerstone in our Player Development efforts. Annually, we bring the opportunity to take complimentary golf lessons from a PGA Professional to Southern Californians attending community and sporting events. Each 15-20 minute golf lesson is taught in a relaxed and comfortable environment by certified golf professionals. Interested in having Neighborhood Golf out to your next event? Please contact Anthony Leone at aleone@pgahq.com.

PGA Southern California

SCPGA Link, in coordination with Neighborhood Golf, serves are the idea platform to grow the game of golf in our section. Over 50 golf professionals have joined the program with hopes of growing the game to those individuals looking for an opportunity to get started in the game we all love. SCPGA Link serves as the connection between our PGA Professionals and the Southern California consumers. The first lesson, taught by a certified golf professionals, is completely complimentary.

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Foundation News

2019 JDT Championship

2019 JDT Championship

April 17, 2020

Congratulations To All Of The JDT Champions! NEWPORT BEACH, CA – The Southern California PGA’s 2019 Junior Development Tour (JDT) Championship was

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2019 SCPGA Junior Tour Banquet Of Champions

2019 SCPGA Junior Tour Banquet Of Champions

April 17, 2020

Celebrating The 2019 Junior Tour Season! POMONA – Each January, the SCPGA Junior Tour hosts the annual Banquet of Champions, a night dedicated to

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2019 Toyota Tour Cup Championship

2019 Toyota Tour Cup Championship

April 17, 2020

Final Round Recap LA QUINTA, California | Ethan Chung of Murrieta and Karen Tsuru of Carlsbad needed heroic shots on the toughest finishing holes in

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Contact Us

Foundation Director
Matt Gilson
951.845.4653
mgilson@pgahq.com

Player Development & Golf In Schools Director
Anthony Leone
909.994.5263
aleone@pgahq.com

Foundation Board of Directors
951.331.4738
SCPGAFoundationBoard@pgahq.com

2019-2020 SCPGA Foundation Board Of Directors

Chairman Frank Talarico Jr.
SCPGA President Tony Letendre, PGA
SCPGA Vice President Robin Shelton, PGA
SCPGA Secretary Eric Lohman, PGA
SCPGA Past President Todd Keefer, PGA

Board Members:
Tom Sargent, PGA
Mark Wilson, PGA
Susan Roll, PGA/LPGA
Matt Knabe
Bob Cluck
Kevin Martin, PGA
John McClure
Betty Potalivo
Sal Cimbolo
John McNair

Consulting Member:
Kurt Schuette

Staff Liaisons:
Tom Addis, PGA Executive Director/CEO TAddis@pgahq.com
Nikki Gatch, PGA Assistant Executive Director/COO NGatch@pgahq.com
Jeff Johnson, PGA CMO/CFO JJohnson@pgahq.com
Matt Gilson Foundation Director MGilson@pgahq.com