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www.youthoncourse.org Dear NCGA Member, M


ost of you are avid golfers with an appreciation for what the game teaches and the value it has in our lives. For many of you, golf has been more than just a game. Golf has given you a


new career path and provided the avenue to develop relationships with family or friends that wouldn’t oth- erwise occur. To us at the NCGA Foundation, that is what Youth on Course is all about. We hear from many of you over the phone, in-person and via email that the low-cost access Youth on Course provides has been a game-changer for your family. It enables you to spend more time together and enhances the ability for your kids to build self-esteem. Nearly 8,500 kids in Northern California were


Youth on Course members last year and these kids played close to 60,000 rounds of golf…every single one of which was subsidized by the NCGA Foundation at a cost of more than $300,000. How were we able to do this while also providing clinics, high school internships and college scholarships to hundreds of other kids? Because of your support. Corporations, foundations, and most importantly,


NCGA member clubs and individual members, reached into their hearts and pockets last year to help us positively impact the lives of our Youth On Course kids. One donation of $5 through our website www.youthoncourse.org can subsidize a round of golf for a child that cannot normally afford access to the game we all love. The following excerpt from one of our Youth on Course member’s essays recently submitted demonstrates dramatically the difference that we can all make in a child’s life.


“When you go to the course by yourself, you’re often


paired up with strangers. The good news is, you know you have something in common, so it’s easy to strike up a conversation. I think having that experience has made me more outgoing, more conversational, more confi dent and more sociable—both on and off the course. The problem for me is that I’ve always struggled with


my grades. I go to a very competitive school where good grades come easily to a lot of my friends. They never have for me, but I haven’t given up. We’ve tried studying longer and harder. We’ve tried tutors and Sylvan. This year we’ve put quite a bit of effort into study skills and I expect signifi cant improvement in my grades. I have also seen other students who struggled with their grades and have given up. I feel sorry for them. Maybe if they’d been exposed to golf like I was, they’d have learned the same persistence that it takes to succeed. Whether or not I go on to play for my college team, or


whether I’m able to make a career in golf or not, the Youth On Course program has enabled me to build a skill level and develop a love of the game that I never could have without it. I will be a lifetime golfer. Thank you for helping to make that happen.” Youth on Course is changing lives and we need


your help. For information on volunteering or making a contribution to support our kids, call the NCGA Foundation at 831/625-4653 or visit www.youthoncourse.org. Thank you for supporting the NCGA and NCGA Foundation.


Appreciatively,


PATRICK QUINN, NCGA FOUNDATION BOARD PRESIDENT


60 / NCGA.ORG / SPRING 2013


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