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A Wisconsin PGA Section Professional works with a youth on his putting Monday during the Youth Golf Clinic.
A Wisconsin PGA Section Professional works with a youth on his putting Monday during the Youth Golf Clinic. (Photo: Montana Pritchard)

More than 400 youths, adults attend PGA Championship clinics

Attendees were treated to expert instruction from 40 Wisconsin PGA Section Professionals during the Youth Golf Clinic and the Play Golf America Adult Clinic held Aug. 9 in conjunction with the 86th PGA Championship.

By PGA.com News Services

Kohler, Wisc. (PGA.com) -- More than 400 Wisconsin youth and adults participated Aug. 9 in a Youth Golf Clinic and a Play Golf America Adult Clinic, each held in conjunction with the 86th PGA Championship.

Attendees were treated to expert instruction from 40 Wisconsin PGA Section Professionals during the Youth Golf Clinic and the Play Golf America Adult Clinic. The PGA Professionals offered individual instruction on both the short game and full swing. PGA Honorary Member Dennis Walters, a nationally renowned trick shot specialist, conducted an exhibition to start the clinics.

Boys and girls representing 24 area organizations from Kohler, Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee participated in the Youth Golf Clinic.

The Adult Clinic supported The PGA of America's national initiative "Play Golf America," which is designed to increase adult golf participation in the U.S. It is a complete package of growth-of-the-game programs targeting the adult population of various segments, including families, couples, women and business professionals. For more information on programs in Wisconsin and throughout the U.S., consumers can log on to www.playgolfamerica.com.

"The PGA Community Relations Program allows our Association to give back to the communities that host our major championships. We also use this program to introduce new golfers to the game of golf," said PGA of America President M.G. Orender. "The first Play Golf America Clinic to be held in conjunction with a PGA Championship is an example of how PGA Professionals work to bring new golfers and families together to increase enjoyment and participation in the game. We are appreciative of the efforts of the Community Relations Committee and the invaluable support of volunteers and local organizations who are donating essential services and operational assistance."

Participating Organizations in the PGA Community Relations Clinics:

  • Appleton Area School District Golf Initiative
  • Asset Builders of America Inc.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Dane County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manitowoc County
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Milwaukee Inc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Sheboygan County
  • Executive Women's Golf Association -- Madison
  • Executive Women's Golf Association -- Milwaukee
  • Families of Children of Cancer Inc. Green Bay, WI
  • Fellowship Open
  • Holy Redeemer Institutional Church of God in Christ
  • Kohler Golf Academy
  • National Youth Sports Program Marquette University
  • New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
  • Sheboygan Area United Way
  • Sheboygan Champions for Christ Committee (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
  • Special Olympics Wisconsin
  • St. Mary's Parish School
  • The First Tee of Green Bay
  • The First Tee of Madison
  • The First Tee of Milwaukee County Noyes Park
  • The Legend at Brandybrook
  • YMCA Black Achievers
  • Zablocki VAMC (Veteran's Hospital)

The PGA Championship is one of four premier golf events conducted by The PGA of America. Others include the Ryder Cup Matches, the Senior PGA Championship and the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which brings together the winners of golf's four major championships. Since 1916, golf's best professionals have been competing for the PGA Championship's coveted Wanamaker Trophy. Past Champions span both the legendary and recent stars of the game: Walter Hagen, Gene Sarazen, Byron Nelson, Ben Hogan, Sam Snead, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger.

The PGA of America, founded in 1916, is a not-for-profit organization that promotes the game of golf while continuing to enhance the standards of the profession. The Association is comprised of more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals who are dedicated to growing participation in the game of golf.

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