IMPERIAL, CA – In an effort to grow the game in the world of women’s golf, the SCPGA created the ClubsForeYouth initiative in July of 2017, and has since donated 165+ sets across two dozen schools. Last week, Foundation Manager Matt Gilson, and Communications Administrator Bryce Seiver loaded up the Toyota Tacoma truck with 16 sets of Wilson Golf clubs and made the 180 mile trek form the section offices in Ontario to the fertile farm lands of the Imperial Valley. Imperial, Central Union, and Holtville were the three High School’s selected to receive these donations. When all was said and done, the SCPGA traveled the extra mile to support these girls golfers and logged a round trip total of 360+ miles. Below you will find some excited testimonials from the ClubsForeYouth recipients.
After driving nearly 170 miles from the section offices in Ontario, the SCPGA Foundation arrived to find a gathering of players, parents, and staff awaiting the first donation ceremony of the morning. A total of six players received their new Wilson Golf clubs and their testimonials listed below showcase their excitement.
Kendall Shields – “It’s an exciting day for me, I cant wait to use my new clubs in our upcoming tournaments! I cant wait to knock an 8 iron close because I love hitting the greens on my approach shots.”
Demi Preece – “This is my second set of clubs, but the last set I had was old and miss matched, which made it tough to play sometimes. I cant wait to try out my putter, and really roll those long shots and score low!”
Raegan Preece – “I can’t wait to crush my driver! I’m striving to eventually play some college golf, and I feel very grateful to receive these clubs.”
Morgan Preece – “I feel overwhelmed that myself and my sisters are receiving these clubs today from the SCPGA Foundation! We have had a great season this year and I’m looking forward to another great season next year.”
Juliana Ramerez – “I’m really excited to just get out on the course and play golf. It’s a game that I’m passionate about and this generosity will allow me to take my game to the next level!”
Arianna Carlos – “It’s a really happy feeling that I have right now. This is a very exciting day and I cant wait to get out and use my pitching wedge.”
Imperial’s head girls golf coach Joe Barker told us, “I’m very proud to see the girls receive these clubs today. The attitude that they bring to the table is tremendous, and the girls have been asking every day when they would be getting the clubs. They have been playing with old hand me down clubs, this is just a really great opportunity, and I’m thrilled to see the team receive this gift from the SCPGA Foundation.”
With the donation at Imperial in the books, the truck carried on down the road into El Centro to visit Central Union High School. This donation ceremony saw an additional six smiling students become recipients of the ClubsForeYouth program. Central Union High School principal Craig Lyon was in attendance for the ceremony and said, “I think its great for them to have this opportunity to own clubs that they couldn’t have other wise had on their own. It speaks volumes to the SCPGA Foundations support of high school athletics. I believe these sports are the key to a lot of things, not only in their academic performance, but also in life. Giving them a game like golf that they can play for their whole lives is great, and we truly appreciate all the support provided to our school.”
Cami Pankratz – “It’s pretty exciting, these clubs are really nice and I want to thank the SCPGA Foundation for providing our team with this gift. I have never owned my own set and I’ve been playing with hand me downs all season long.”
Arely Ortega – “I’m excited to use this new set because I’ve been playing with my brothers set and it’s way to big for me.”
Arlyn Uruchurtu – “I’m feeling really happy inside right now, I cant believe that I get to use these brand new clubs and no longer have to use the beat up old ones. I’m looking to master my mid-iron shots, and look forward to spending some serious time on the range.”
Irene Rodriguez – “I can’t wait to use these new clubs now, it means a lot to me because I’ve never played golf before, and now this really motivates me to practice hard.”
Lastly, the final donation by the SCPGA Foundation went to Holtville High School. For this final donation of the afternoon, four more students were initiated into the ClubsForeYouth family. We asked the students how they were feeling, with their responses listed below.
Audrey Abatti – “It feels like great honor, and it means that I’m progressing in the game of golf and that I can get better now that I have this new set. I cant wait to hit some iron shots and really excel at this game.”
Lexi Vanderlinden – “I’m feeling really great right now, it’s cool to receive this gift because I had a miss matched set before and I know that I can use these clubs to develop my aspirations to play some golf in college!”
Hadley Guillen – “I feel really excited to have these clubs be given to me from the SCPGA. I cant wait to use my favorite club which is the six-iron.”
Rachel Chambers – “The fact that there are organizations understanding that we need new clubs really means a lot to myself and my team. I have had clubs before but these are so much better then anything I have ever owned. I want to hit the driver right away and get it dialed in.”
Upon the conclusion of the ceremony, the Athletic Director, D.J. Johnson said, “We are very thankful for the support of the SCPGA Foundation, this is an awesome program that you have organized. We just started out program on the girls side a few years ago and this will help grow our team and inspire others to join. I would love nothing more then to see some of these girls get scholarships in college, but just the fact that they will have a game to play their whole lives is truly amazing.”
With this donation the SCPGA Foundation has traveled over 1,200 miles and donated across 25 schools. We are going the extra mile to grow the game of golf and we hope that anyone reading this article will support our vision and aid us in the growth of this amazing program. We encourage you to contact SCPGA Foundation Manager, Matt Gilson, if you have any questions or leads for generous contributors. Visit the link provided below to learn more about the program.