Golf is special to each of us and enhances our lives in various ways. Who taught you about golf? Was it a parent, a grandparent, or coach?
This holiday season, perhaps you could “pay it forward,” and help the GAM Foundation in its mission to make golf accessible to the broadest possible audience of Michigan’s residents. Maybe make a donation in the name of the person who inspired to you learn the game. You’d be joining the generous donors who have enabled us to build the next generation of golfers by providing youth access to affordable golf.
This past year, our Youth on Course initiative was a huge success. The number of Michigan participants jumped to more than 4,500 golfers, up more than 70 percent compared to 2017. And we’re making plans to increase Youth on Course participation even more in 2019.
Youth on Course and other “grow the game” initiatives such The First Tee and PGA Junior Leagues work hand-in-hand. Once youth get started in golf and learn its basic skills and core values, Youth on Course picks up from there, giving junior golfers ages 6-18 access to affordable golf. Those who register for the program for just $5 get access to participating courses where they can play for $5 or less per round.
Happily, we’re victims of our own success. The number of participating courses had a similar increase — nearly 100 facilities in Michigan now offer young golfers an opportunity to play a round of golf for $5 or less. It’s a win-win: The youth get affordable golf, and the Foundation compensates the participating golf courses. But we need your help to keep up with the demand!
As we increase our efforts to grow the game, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the 501 (c) (3) GAM Foundation Inc. Donations may be made via the GAM web site at www.gam.org or by check made out to GAM Foundation Inc. and mailed to:
24116 Research Drive, Farmington Hills, MI 48335.
Donors of $60 and above will receive a special golf gift.