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PGA HOPE Training Day

May 5, 2021

The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation hosted its first PGA HOPE Instructor Training on May 5, 2021 at TopGolf in Independence, Ohio. PGA HOPE (Helping Our Patriots Everywhere) is the flagship military program of PGA REACH, the charitable foundation of the PGA of America. PGA HOPE introduces golf to Veterans with disabilities to enhance their physical, mental, social, and emotional well-being.

All programs are funded by PGA REACH and supplemented by PGA Section Foundations, so the cost of programming is free to all Veterans. PGA HOPE has a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which enables Recreational Therapists to refer Veterans to the PGA HOPE program as a form of therapy. Through a robust program strategy, PGA HOPE aspires to create a physically and emotionally healthier Veteran community by shaping lives, changing lives, and possibly saving lives through the game of golf.

Over twenty-five Northern Ohio PGA professionals came out for the training session lead by Brian Oliver, PGA HOPE Lead instructor from Asheville, North Carolina. Professionals learned how to teach individuals with limb loss, hearing and vision impairment, paralysis, PTSD, and Traumatic Brain Injury. The day consisted of a four-hour indoor training followed by an outdoor session where professionals were able to implement the techniques they learned in the morning. Golf is a game meant for everyone and that is something that this program embodies. The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation is looking forward to beginning a H.O.P.E. program in Spring of 2022.

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The Northern Ohio PGA Section Foundation is proud to announce that in collaboration with the Northern Ohio Golf Association (NOGA), we have formed a partnership with the nonprofit Youth on Course (YOC).

Youth on Course was established in 2006 in Northern California as a way for young juniors to play golf at a reduced price; these members can play any of the 1,400 courses listed as Youth on Course facilities for a cost of $5 or less.

Juniors between the ages of 6-18 become a member of Youth on Course by registering online. Juniors will pay $30 for membership and then can play for $5 or less at participating courses during designated times. Their Youth on Course member number gives access to all participating YOC facilities. There is no limit to how often members can play using their Youth on Course membership.

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NOPGA Members Raise Pledges of Over $55,000 in Inaugural Smucker’s Birdies for Charity Event

September 28, 2020

It was a gesture of generosity.

It was a display of camaraderie.

All in the spirit of playing it forward.

And, in the end it was a great day of golf and a great day for golf and the charities the game supports.

That’s the way it was on Monday (September 28) at Barrington Golf Club when 31 Members and Associates of the Northern Ohio Section of the PGA of America participated in the Section’s Inaugural Smucker’s Birdies For Charity event.

David Griffith summed it up best.

The Executive Director of the NOPGA said, “We can’t thank our members enough for coming together to spend the day raising money for our Foundation and the charities that are so deserving of our contributions.”

Those were key words as the professionals unselfishly gave up an entire day and bonded together to help others, following the PGA’s tradition of making charitable contributions. The NOPGA received pledges of over $55,000 by making 261 birdies over Barrington’s immaculate layout.

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