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These girls are just some of the Arizona kids who are enjoying the Youth on Course pro- gram. Riding a transport cart (above) are Alisa Snyder (left) and Emma Reyes (right), while Anne Transier (left) and Lauren Churchill (right) push their carts (far right) to the first tee. In the photo below, Snyder (left) shares a photo opportunity with Sam Sandlin (right).


YOC program helps kids play golf for $5


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uestions about access and affordability are the two buzzwords that seem to always surface


when talking about growing junior golf. Now Arizona junior golfers have the answer that will help them hit the links on a more regular basis. Youth on Course (YOC), which was


started by the Northern California Golf Association Foundation in 2006, is off to a roaring start in Arizona, making golf more affordable for juniors. The format is simple, but the impact will be huge for years to come. Charitable donations are used to


subsidize unused starting times at public golf courses, allowing kids between the ages of 6-18 to play 18-hole rounds for $5 or less. Courses set their own restrictions, which vary by time and day. In the last two years, YOC has


expanded into several states, including Arizona in the summer of 2015. To successfully launch the program in Arizona, the NCGA Foundation partnered with the Junior Golf Association of Arizona (JGAA) and the First Tee of Phoenix. Arizona juniors show their


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YOC card at participating facilities and they are off playing golf for just $5! In 2015 Arizona juniors played 310 rounds through YOC at 14 participating courses. “Having our members being able


to play golf for $5 at some of best courses in Arizona is a huge member benefit,” said JGAA executive director Scott McNevin. “Having an access program for juniors will help grow the game for many years to come.” In Northern California alone, there


are over 175 courses involved in YOC, and now several more states are signed on, including Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Kansas and Utah. One


YOC COURSES IN ARIZONA


• Aguila Golf Course • Arizona Biltmore • Cave Creek Golf Course • Dell Urich Golf Course • El Rio Golf Course • Encanto Golf Course • Fred Enke Golf Course • Longbow Golf Club • Palo Verde Golf Course • Papago Golf Course • Randolph North • Silverbell Golf Course • Starfire Golf Club • Sunland Springs Golf Club • Wigwam Golf Resort


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of the best benefits is the card has no boundaries, so when juniors travel they can play courses in other states for $5. “We are really excited about


bringing YOC to Arizona and know it can be one of the largest markets in the country for future growth,” noted Adam Heieck, executive director of the NCGA Foundation. To learn more about Youth on


Course, visit www.jgaa.org/yoc or www.youthoncourse.org n


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