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.
The Southern California PGA Section hosts one of the largest and most respected junior golf programs in the country. The SCPGA Junior Tour is a three-tier program providing Southern California juniors with an environment to improve their golf and life skills.
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, where 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Junko Suzuki at JSuzuki@pgahq.com
The SCPGA awards a variety of scholarships & grants each year. Each scholarship has specific criteria & requirements. Scholarship applications & deadlines are available on scpgajrtour.com. The SCPGA Scholarship Selection Committee will reviews criteria including class ranking, grade point average, either ACT or SAT test scores, extracurricular activities, and financial need in determining scholarship recipients. The SCPGA Foundation fundraising efforts include raising money each year in order to continue growing its grant and scholarship program. All scholarship and grant information can be found at scpgajrtour.com.
The Southern California PGA Foundation also provides grants to 501 (c)(3) organizations that directly align with our core principles and mission to inspire and develop our youth on their journey toward personal excellence. Please click here to view the SCPGA Foundation Grant Application. Looking to apply for an Organizational Grant? Click here