As a sport, golf teaches young people about honor, tradition and an appreciation for the environment. It exposes them to successful role models and teaches them skills they can utilize their entire lives. As an industry, golf offers many exciting career opportunities in the areas of club management, golf course maintenance and as golf professionals. However, it takes more than the occasional golf clinic for the game to have an impact on young people’s lives. GOLFWORKS was created by the MGA Foundation to address this challenge and structured to achieve these goals:
To provide meaningful employment, in a friendly enviornment for underprivileged and minority youth;
To develop positive skill sets that will enable broader career options in the future;
To provide exposure to positive role models and build self-esteem;
To provide regular exposure to the game and a chance to develop some level of skill, as well as a knowledge of the game’s Rules and etiquette;
To enable clubs to interact with their communities in a positive way and to enrich and improve the lives of young people who are need-driven;
To open up the golf industry to a new generation - one that truly reflects our diverse, multi-cultural society.
GOLFWORKS began in 1994 with just 12 students at 6 clubs and in 2016 we had 277 students a year at 77 clubs. Its success is a critical link to helping the MGAF make the game of golf accessible to everyone. Thank you to our founding partner MetLife.
Learn more about notable GOLFWORKS interns:
Danielle Polinchock, Richter Park Golf Course
Brandon Clarke, Century Country Club
Don Cervantes, Glen Oaks Club
For more information on GOLFWORKS please contact Lou Cutolo, MGA Foundation Operations Manager.