Indiana Golf Foundation

Teaching Life Lessons through the Game of Golf

The Indiana Golf Foundation was formed in 1994 with the goal of investing in the future of the game of golf through a new generation of players, while at the same time celebrating the past history and accomplishments of the many who have come before.

Pepsi Junior Program
Since 1987 the Pepsi Indiana Junior Golf Program has been providing competitive events for junior golfers in Indiana. What began with just 10 events and 200 junior golfers has evolved into one of the premier programs in the country. Today, the program includes 75 events and encompasses over 1,500 junior golfers. The program accommodates players age 8-18, and the Masters Tour gives top juniors the ability to play at a higher level of competition on courses set up similarly to what they will see at the collegiate level.

Currently, there are more than 300 former members of the program on collegiate rosters. The high level of junior competition in the state prepares players for the transition to golf at the collegiate level.

While the Pepsi Junior Program has been successful in turning out collegiate players, the goal of the program remains to provide professional, competitive junior tournament opportunities for players of varied skill levels to learn life lessons that can be learned from the game. “Our goal of the junior program remains to provide affordable, professionally administered events for juniors in Indiana,” said Mike David, Indiana Golf Foundation executive director. “We want to be sure that our players are learning the rules and etiquette and are having an enjoyable introduction to tournament golf,” added David. “Whether they become  college players or not, we want them to continue playing and enjoying the game.”

Gongaware Junior Academy
The Indiana Golf FoundationIn 2001, the foundation opened the doors of the Gongaware Indiana Junior Golf Academy to provide a first-class teaching facility to golfers throughout Indiana and the Midwest. The Academy is one of only two facilities in the U.S. that offers a dormitory to house 48 campers, cafeteria, 18-hole par 3 short course, 10-acre practice area, and state-of-the-art indoor teaching facilities. It is also directed by awardwinning Director Roger Lundy, PGA Professional and twotime recipient of Indiana’s Junior Leader Award – 2006 and 1991. Lundy was also named a 2005 U.S. Kids Golf Top 50 Kids Teacher, and a U.S Kids Golf Master Kids Teacher in 2008.

Lundy recruits the assistance of collegiate golfers and students in Professional Golf Management schools to maintain a 6:1 student to teacher ratio at all times. Whether a student is new to the game or an advanced player, the instruction will move at a pace to fit their skill level. Students also have classroom sessions on the rules of golf and course etiquette, and they learn life skills that can be derived from the game such as sportsmanship, honesty and patience.

Scholarships
The Indiana Golf FoundationTo allow juniors of all backgrounds the opportunity to benefit from the game of golf, the Indiana Golf Foundation provides scholarship assistance to deserving youth to attend the Gongaware Academy who might otherwise not have this unique opportunity.

Each scholarship covers the cost of the junior’s entire week-long camp experience including room and board, instruction, and video analysis of his or her swing. The IGF also provides golf equipment and golf course access to any junior in need through age 18.

The Foundation also offers scholarships to graduating high school seniors who wish to pursue a college education. The purpose of the Indiana Golf Foundation, Lynn B. Shonk, and David E. Simon Scholarships is to encourage and promote the attainment of higher education for seniors who have actively participated in the game of golf while excelling in their academic achievements.

The Indiana Golf FoundationWinners receive an award of $2,500 or $5,000 towards college education expenses, and each is a onetime award. Since 1996, the IGF has given away more than $230,000 to Indiana high school graduates.

Supporting the Foundation’s Mission
The foundation’s mission is to teach life lessons through the game of golf and assist the pursuit of higher education is only possible through generous donations from supporters of golf in Indiana. Annual memberships range from a $30 Par Membership to a $2,500 Hoosier Golfer Society Membership, and more information can be found at www.IndianaGolf.org.

 

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