PGA Professionals from the Southern Texas PGA Section are joining with the National Pan-American Golf Association (NPAGA) to host a Play Golf America Family Fun Night this evening (July 26) at Brownsville (Texas) Golf Center. PGA Professionals will offer free golf lessons and golf clinics for all ages and skill levels as part of the 54th Annual NPAGA National Convention, which is being hosted this week in Brownsville, and in celebration of Family Golf Month in July.
The PGA of America’s participation in the NPAGA National Convention is part of The PGA’s ongoing support of Hispanic-oriented growth of the game initiatives. A leader in this Hispanic golf community, the NPAGA has been in existence for more than 50 years, promoting golf for men, women and juniors through community involvement and fund raising activities. The NPAGA is established in nine states with 42 Chapters and a membership of 2,600.
The PGA of America has also recently partnered with the Lorena Ochoa Foundation to grow diversity in golf by providing underrepresented demographics with the opportunity to learn, play and pursue careers in golf. Both The PGA and the Lorena Ochoa Foundation have a mission of using golf as the vehicle for teaching life skills to children and young adults, as well as introducing the game to the Hispanic community.
The 2010 U.S. Census reveals that there are 50.5 million Hispanics in the United States – a 43 percent increase since the previous census – making them the largest minority group in the country. Hispanics now represent 16.3 percent of the U.S. population and account for 56 percent of the total U.S. population growth. According to the National Golf Foundation, eight percent of Hispanics play golf.
This evening’s event also brings a special focus on the family, as this is the final week of Play Golf America’s Family Golf Month. Each July, participating golf courses nationwide offer a series of programs for families to learn and play golf together. For a list of facilities participating in Family Golf Month, visit PlayGolfAmerica.com.