Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Start Them Young!

The LPGA-USGA Girls Golf is celebrating their 20th Anniversary! It was originally founded by Sandy LaBauve in 1989. Its goal was to bring the game of golf to girls ranging in age from seven to seventeen.

Ms. LaBauve, a Class A LPGA Teaching and Club Professional, created the national program for girls to learn the game while strengthening the camaraderie among peers in a fun and supportive environment. To date, there are nearly 200 sites across the United States with approximately 6,000 girls enrolled. This program is administered through a partnership between the LPGA and the USGA, both non-profit charitable organizations.

Each Girls Golf site is coordinated by various professional golf associations, volunteers, moms or dads. Each program is funded through local fund raising efforts, membership dues, event fees, and donations from the community. These monies cover the cost of course access, fees, snacks, special events, instruction and miscellaneous expenses for each participant.

In January 2002, the LPGA with the USGA, launched a cooperative effort through an expanded partnership to promote involvement of girls and the game of golf. These girls are provided with an opportunity to make lasting friendships, gain self-confidence, learn to compete and have fun learning the game.

Lori Desimone, owner and teaching pro of Lori's Golf Shoppe, promotes these efforts. Ms. Desimone offers young girls opportunities to participate in her Junior Golf Program for the Summer of 2009. Clinics will be offered in etiquette, putting, chipping and full swing fundamentals. Each session will be limited to ten students and further information can be obtained through Lori's Junior Golf Shoppe.

Lori's Golf Shoppe also offers an all-inclusive golf shoppe for junior girls. Lori's Junior Golf Shoppe features the finest manufacturers of junior golf apparel, junior golf clubs, golf bags, golf purses, golf visors, golf socks and so much more. Lori's carries a wide variety of merchandise from all the leading junior golf companies including Adidas, AMF, Blossoms, Golf Gals, Glove-It, Keri Golf, Lady Fairway, Nike Golf, Snoopy's Tee Time, Tour X, US Kids, Volvik, Wilson, Winning Edge and more. Be sure to stop by at Lori's Golf Shoppe in Calabash, North Carolina, or shop on line at Lorisjuniorgolf.com. It's the place where all Golf Girls Gather!