LAKE ELSINORE – The SCPGA Foundation recently visited Lakeside High School, and donated a 12 brand new sets of Wilson Golf clubs as part of the ClubsForeYouth initiative. In addition to the donation from the Foundation, SCPGA Partner, California Canopy was also in attendance to donate a custom canopy to the team in support of their events!
ClubsForeYouth began in 2017 after research concluded that a lack of access to proper equipment was keeping female youth golfers from participating at the high school level. The SCPGA Board of Directors strategized the issue, and shortly afterwards, ClubsForeYouth was implemented as a solution. Since its inception, the initiative has impacted 264 individual students across schools throughout the Southern California area, and shows no signs of slowing. The initiative aims to donate over 600 sets to both boys and girls in 2018.
Each donation ceremony brings a new batch of smiles and the atmosphere at these donation ceremonies is contagious. Head golf coach at Lakeside High School, Rich Smith, said, “A lot of the girls were playing with old men’s sets before today, and for them to get these brand new sets is just a huge win for our program. We had two girls qualify for league championship last year with hand me down equipment, and now with these new sets, I can’t wait to see the confidence they gain from it.” As the program continues to develop, the SCPGA Foundation will be on hand to witness and document the excitement. Below you will find some responses from the recipients.
Natalie Smith – “It’s so amazing that the SCPGA Foundation has supported our program like this, it makes me feel so good that there are organizations willing to support us on our golf journey. I want to go to Point Loma University and play on their golf team someday, and now i have the tools to make it happen!”
Andrea Dorseau – “This is crazy for me to grasp, I have been playing with an old set, and its been tough to really get consistent results. Now i feel like I will have the tools to step up my game.”
Jace Smedley – “It’s really cool to receive these clubs today because a lot of our team has been playing with old clubs and bags with holes in them. It’s really cool to have this brand new set, and I can’t wait to get on the course with them!”
Evan Janse – “At my last practice, my bag strap ripped and I had to carry my clubs around for the whole round, so now that I have a new set, I can really focus on building my skill and not have to worry about my equipment failing me.”
The team was very grateful for the support of the SCPGA and Head Coach Rich Smith said, “For the boys, all seven have never played the game before this year, and for them to have a full set will build the excitement for their enjoyment of the game. The new equipment will help them become competitive and I cant thank the SCPGA Foundation enough for the support of the program!”
Special thanks to California Canopy for donating a custom logo canopy to the school! Visit them online at californiacanopy.com