The Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation, established by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA, is a non-profit charitable organization whose purpose is to promote and develop programs dedicated to young people throughout the geographic territory of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA. It is a priority of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation to grow the game of golf while using the game and its core values of honesty, integrity, respect, courtesy, sportsmanship and perseverance to enhance the quality of life for all youth. It is the mission of the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation to teach these positive life skills to all who participate in the Foundation’s programs. In an effort to achieve its purpose and mission, the Rocky Mountain Section PGA currently supports and administers the following programs.
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.
The program introduces the game of golf through a developmental 6-8 week curriculum, taught by PGA Professionals trained in adaptive golf and military cultural competency. 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.
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation currently administers two scholarship programs, the Snake River Chapter PGA Scholarship and Yellowstone Chapter PGA Scholarship. These academic based scholarship programs award scholarships annually to college-bound high school seniors based on academic achievement, community and extracurricular activity, leadership, and involvement and contribution to the game of golf. Through the support of donations by Rocky Mountain Section PGA members and the golfing public, the scholarship programs have awarded more than $300,000 to deserving youth over the past 4 decades.
The Clubs Fore Kids program is a way for kids ages 3-12 to begin to enjoy the game of golf. During a typical Clubs Fore Kids experience, juniors would be provided with a custom-fitted golf club. PGA of America professionals conduct the Clubs For Kids events throughout the Rocky Mountain Section PGA.
In conjunction with the LPGA Teaching and Club Professional Division, the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation administers a LPGA/USGA Girls Golf Club program in the city of Boise, Idaho. The Club is a developmental junior golf program that encourages girls ages 7-17 to learn to play golf, build friendships and sample competition in a non-threatening environment. Nearly 100 girls participate each year and the success of the program has the Foundation beginning to explore the opportunity to create additional Clubs in other communities within the region.
The Golf Access Program was created in an effort to provide youngsters with the opportunity to enjoy the game regardless of financial status. Through the Golf Access Program, juniors receive complimentary practice balls and rounds of golf at participating Rocky Mountain Section PGA golf courses by presenting a Golf Access coupon. The Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation issues Golf Access coupons to schools, youth organizations and golf courses for distribution, as well as through its office in Boise, Idaho.
The Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation provides affordable, competitive and fun events in which young men and women have the opportunity to test their skills and learn sportsmanship. Consisting of 36-hole championships, the Foundation’s golf competitions have nearly 500 participants annually. It is our goal to provide the premier competitive junior golf program in the region and to conduct first-class competitions.
In addition to the programs administered directly by the Rocky Mountain Section PGA Foundation, the Foundation has lent its support to many regional junior golf associations including the Idaho Junior Golf Association, MonDac (Sidney, MT) Junior Tour, Sidney (MT) Junior Golf Association, Four-Rivers (Bozeman, MT) Junior Golf Association and Yellowstone County (Billings, MT) Junior Golf Association.